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The Government must protect the South East from the impact of Brexit - David Cullinane TD

8 September, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Speaking at a meeting in Carlow today with IBEC, Chambers of Commerce across the South East, business leaders and Educational Providers, Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane said that the South East is vulnerable to the impact from Brexit and must be protected.

Deputy Cullinane called for a Government strategy for the region and signaled his intent to bring forward his own proposals.

Deputy Cullinane said:

"I welcome the opportunity to engage with IBEC, business leaders, educational providers and other stakeholders on the impact of Brexit on the south East.

"The South East region is vulnerable to threats from Brexit and needs to be protected. The region is strong in the Agri-food sector and in the hospitality and tourist sector and these face particular challenges in respect of Brexit.

"Business leaders are worried about one part of Ireland inside and another outside the European Union. They are also concerned about Britain leaving the customs union.

"Sinn Féin is very clear. The entire island must remain within the EU which is in need of major reform. The entire island of Ireland must also remain in the customs union.

"The South East can be further protected by delivering much needed capital projects such as the Waterford to Limerick road and the development of the ports of Waterford and Rosslare.

"The issue of a University for the South East is critical. It must be a University of International standing, have the necessary infrastructure, the capacity to borrow and receive baseline funding for Research and Development.

"In the coming months I will publish comprehensive proposals on what action is required to protect Waterford and the South East from the impact of Brexit and for the region to reach its potential"

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