TDS AND MEPS ADVOCATE FOR BORDER COUNTIES’ INTERESTS IN ATMOSPHERE OF POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY

1 July 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

With the clouds of political uncertainty over what the Brexit vote will mean for Ireland thickening rather than starting to clear in the aftermath of the UK decision, TDs and MEPs representing Co Monaghan and the Border region have sought to wring reassurances from the Government and the European Commission that the consequences for economic and community interaction between North and South will be minimised.

Local Minister Heather Humphreys has said that “Ireland will now take all necessary steps to protect our national interests, and minimise the impact on our economy and our society.”

SF TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called for a referendum to be held on Irish unity under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. “All pro-united Ireland parties and voices should seize the moment,” he urged.

Fianna Fáil’s Border Region Development Spokesperson, Cavan Deputy Brendan Smith has insisted that pressure for the UK to be “put through the wringer” to dissuade other European countries following suit must be resisted. The EU needed to re-establish itself as a union of equals and a family of nations, he stated.

His fellow FF TD for Cavan/Monaghan Niamh Smyth said that the Irish Government had to reassure its EU partners that it remained committed to both continued European membership and constructive relations with their UK neighbours.

Any reinstatement of Border controls would adversely impact on the economies on both sides of the Border, Independent MEP Marian Harkin has warned.
Mairead McGuinness MEP said the EU had to recognise the importance of the relationship between Ireland and the UK, and also had to look at reforms which would make the European project function better from the citizens of the EU’s constituent countries.

See story on page one for MEP Matt Carthy’s comments on the need for a “United Ireland Referendum”.

IRELAND NEEDS TO CALMLY RESPOND – MINISTER HUMPHREYS
Speaking on Friday, Fine Gael TD for Cavan/Monaghan and Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys said she was very disappointed that Britain had voted to leave the European Union.

Minister Humphreys said:“While I fully respect the decision of the UK electorate, it is of course very disappointing that Britain has voted to leave the EU. The Cabinet met to discuss the implications for Ireland this …..

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