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Parties agree on need for Special Designated Status, but what is the Government doing about it? – Ó Donnghaile

25 May, 2017 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Today’s meeting of the Seanad’s Special Committee on Brexit heard from representatives of “Border Communities against Brexit”.

After the meeting, Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile reiterated the need for the Irish Government to outline what actions they are taking to secure Special Designated Status in Ireland, post Brexit.

An Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said:

“All of the parties at today’s meeting agreed on the need for Special Designated Status and for bespoke arrangements to be put in place that protects Ireland’s interests. This is what the Government have been mandated to do following the passing of a Sinn Féin motion in February.

“The survival of farming and agri-food in the North, as well as our tourism offer and the future welfare of a whole range of other sectors are hanging in the balance as a result of Brexit.

“Today’s detailed presentation from ‘Border Communities against Brexit’ laid out in great detail the practical and overwhelming negative implications being faced by people, farmers, businesses, and communities along the border as a result of Brexit.

“We can avoid this disaster and continue to grow our farming communities, our tourism offer and our economic, political and social wellbeing, if we achieve designated special status for the North within the EU. This must include membership of the Single Market, as well as access to EU funding streams and the retention of representation of our MEPs.

“It is time the Irish Government stopped with rhetoric and listened to the calls from the Irish people.” 

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