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McAleer attends Oireachtas seminar on rural communities

13 December, 2018 - by Declan McAleer

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said a no-deal Brexit would have a catastrophic impact on rural communities and cross border cooperation and reiterated the absolute necessity for the backstop be protected.

The West Tyrone MLA was speaking after attending a seminar in the Dáil hosted by the Joint Committee on Rural and Community Development on the importance of cross border co operation.

Declan McAleer said:

“Farming and rural communities will suffer the catastrophic effects of Brexit with a staggering 93 per cent of the income generated by farmers and agri-food producers comes from the EU. 

“The seminar heard very clear concerns from local government and the community and voluntary sector on the need for cross border initiatives and for rural communities to be protected from the dark cloud of Brexit. 

“I subsequently attended Taoiseach’s Question Time where Deputy Kenny raised these issues directly with the Taoiseach and got a positive response.

“Sinn Féin will continue to keep the pressure on the British and Irish governments and the EU to ensure that the interests of border communities are protected from the worst fallout of Brexit.

“Key to this is the absolute necessity that the backstop, as included with the withdrawal agreement, is protected as the bottom line to prevent a hard border.” CRÍOCH/ENDS 

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