Invite to Brexit Public Meeting – Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD and constituency colleague Imelda Munster TD are inviting the public to attend a public meeting on Brexit in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk on October 19th at 8pm.
This is the latest in a series of such meetings that local Sinn Féin representatives and MEPs have been holding across the island of Ireland to discuss the developing situation around Brexit.
Currently the next round of negotiations between the EU and the British government will begin on September 25th. These will be the last discussions to be held before the European Summit meeting that will take place on October 19th and 20th.
Gerry Adams said:
“Brexit presents for the Island of Ireland the most serious social, economic and political threat for a generation. The border region, which includes Louth, is especially vulnerable to the consequences of Brexit.
"A recently published report by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, highlighted many of these very real worries, especially the danger Brexit poses to the Good Friday Agreement.
"The Oireachtas report took nine months to prepare. It focuses on the serious concerns that many in businesses, local communities and Councils, the retail industry, agriculture and food sectors, environmental actors, and those working on peace, justice, human rights and reconciliation all have about Brexit.
"One particular concern is around the future of EU funding through the Special EU Programmes Body. Since their inception over 20 years ago, these programmes have provided almost €3.5 billion to projects focusing on issues such as cross border cooperation, peace and reconciliation; infrastructure development, research and innovation. Louth is one area which has benefited from these programmes.
"Their scale and importance to the local economy and to the border region cannot be overstated.
Teachta Imelda Munster said:
“Sinn Féin believes that designated special status for the North is essential to defend the referendum vote to remain within the EU and to protect trade and processing routes on the island of Ireland that are necessary, for example for the safeguarding of farming livelihoods.
"The public meeting in the Crowne Plaza will provide an opportunity for Matt Carty MEP, who along with the Sinn Féin team in the European Parliament has been very active on Brexit, to provide an up to date briefing on the negotiations and to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you on October 19th.”