Budget ‘19 fails to address Brexit fears of northern citizens – Ó Donnghaile
Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on Tánaiste Simon Coveney to outline how his Department are “Brexit Proofing” the needs of Irish citizens resident in the North following today’s Budget announcement.
Speaking in Leinster House today Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said;
“For some time now I have been raising with Minister Simon Coveney and his departmental officials, the need for the Irish Government to provide a “Hub” where citizens resident in the North can engage directly with Government on issues of rights, legal protections, EU entitlements and ‘one stop shop’ services.
The Tánaiste has previously indicated openness to this idea and a willingness to explore it’s potential further.
The focus of his Department’s Budget Day “Brexit Proofing” are obviously geared primarily towards the business and economic sphere but disappointingly, there appears no strategic future planning for the development of services for citizen’s in the North’s needs, whether capital or otherwise.
I have sought the Minister to address this issue in the Seanad under a ‘Matter for Commencement this week where I hope he can give a rational for this apparent lack of forward thinking.
This is a disappointing omission and one that I’m certain will concern northern Nationalism and citizens more generally, who expect the Government to live up to their promise of not leaving us behind.” CRÍOCH