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No evidence of Government legislating to defend citizens from Brexit – Ó Donnghaile

23 January, 2019 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

A meeting of the Oireachtas Justice and Equality Committee this morning heard from a range of legal and human rights organisations on ‘the threats posed to rights and equality by Brexit’.

Following the meeting Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile said:

“Brexit exposes a human rights and equality crisis.

“The failure of the Irish and British Governments, as well as the EU, to properly legislate for citizens’ rights leaves a significant legal, social and political deficit that has the potential for devastating outcomes for people.

"There is no evidence this is being remedied.

“This morning’s Justice Committee heard a series of sobering contributions outlining the need for rights to be legislatively and legally embedded or else further uncertainty and disarray could potential play out for people in the context of Brexit.

“While understandably much of Government’s Brexit preparations have focused on economic matters citizens remain uncertain as to their future rights and entitlements.

“Our Committee has agreed to compile a report from today’s contributions which we will submit to An Taoiseach and An Tánaiste with urgency. 

"It is positive that increasing numbers of six-county voices are heard in the Oireachtas and today’s presentations clearly had an impact on Deputies and Senators in attendance. 

“Now we must work to ensure Government and the EU live up to their commitments to defend citizens’ rights.”

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