Irish Government must ensure Brexit doesn’t impinge on citizens rights - Ó Donnghaile
Speaking after An Tánaiste Simon Coveney delivered statements on Brexit in the Seanad this evening Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile said;
“The clock is ticking on the Brexit withdrawal process and there is still no assured, legal definition on what our rights as Irish/EU citizens in the North will be post Brexit. Annex 1 is yet to be published and I put it directly to Tánaiste Coveney that the very real concerns regarding citizens rights be resolved; I note his confidence that there will be progress in this regard soon.
“Since entering the Oireachtas I have repeatedly asked the government what exactly, beyond the holding of a Passport, rights do Irish citizens in the North actually have.
“The issue of protection of rights and maintaining our elected representation at an EU level cannot go down to the eleventh hour or a high-wire stand-off between the British and EU sides; these are our rights, this is our citizenship, it is of vital importance that clarity is provided.
“I again put it to the Minister that he consider my suggestion of a dedicated facility in the North that would act as a “Citizenship Hub” for people to engage directly with the government on issues of rights and their protections and entitlements in a post Brexit scenario.”