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Brexit challenges highlight need for robust all-Ireland approach - Tóibín

16 August, 2016

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht, Peadar Tóibín TD, has this morning said that the challenges posed by Brexit for Ireland, north and south, reinforce the need for further all-Ireland integration, co-operation and building a robust all-island approach to negotiations over the coming years.

Teachta Tóibín said:

“There is no doubt, and all of the indicators would show, that the entire island of Ireland is going to be negatively impacted by Brexit in the coming years. It is vital that the Irish government gets its act together now and takes all of the necessary steps to resource and formulate a robust all-Ireland approach to Brexit.

“Just last week, the First Minister and deputy First Minister wrote to Theresa May to outline their shared concerns in respect of a range of issues, not least the nature of any physical border that may re-emerge, as well as difficulties posed in respect of the economy, trade, travel, energy, agriculture and EU funding, all of which have significant all-Ireland dimensions.

“The Minister for Finance in the north Máirtín Ó Muilleoir MLA has highlighted in recent days the challenges posed, in particular to Peace and Interreg funding, which are provided on a cross-border basis, as well as agricultural funding and the potential impact on third-level education. 

“So there are major issues at play, all of which clearly require a robust all-Ireland response to appropriately and adequately respond to the multitude of difficulties, as well as the opportunities, the nation faces in the coming period. The Irish government in particular need to be drivers in delivering such a response and they need to get moving on establishing a process for doing so as soon as possible.”

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