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Report by Seanad Committee show’s real political and economic dangers of Brexit – Ó Donnghaile

4 July, 2017 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed today’s publication of the report by the Seanad Special Select Committee on Brexit.

The comprehensive report looks at the implications of Brexit on matters such as the Good Friday Agreement, the economy - north and south, human rights, the border communities and the free movement of goods, people, services and capital within Ireland and between Ireland and Britain.

The report comes after a vast array of hearings from stakeholder’s across numerous sectors, all outlining their concerns and positions on the implications of Brexit on Ireland, North and South.

Speaking after this morning’s launch at Leinster House, Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said;

"Today’s Seanad report is an all-party report. It reflects the understandable concerns of all the parties in the Seanad.

“The report’s primary focus is to offer a range of solutions to the growing crisis posed by the British government's decision to leave the EU.

“The report calls for special status for the north to allow it to remain inside the EU with the rest of Ireland and to protect the Good Friday Agreement in its broadest sense.

“It highlights the disastrous implications for people living along the border corridor. And also puts a focus on the implications for human rights guaranteed in the Good Friday Agreement and the various EU human rights conventions and protections.

“The report will provide a basis for the Seanadoíri to visit the border counties, Belfast, and London to highlight its range of solutions to the problems posed by Brexit; it also outlines clearly the serious economic and political dangers posed as a result of the decision to inflict Brexit upon the people of Ireland against our will.

“The new Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney must stand by his recent remarks and ensure a Special Status within the EU is obtained for the North to protect Ireland’s national interest.” 

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