BORDER BUSINESSES NEED SUPPORT IN POST-BREXIT CLIMATE, FF TD TELLS TAOISEACH

5 August 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A strong case for special support measures for Border businesses in the uncertain climate following the UK ‘Brexit’ referendum vote was made to Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Dáil recently by Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith.

During Question Time, Deputy Smith asked the Taoiseach his plans to proceed with an all-Ireland forum and invite all interested parties to contribute to it.

“I indicated to the Taoiseach previously that there are significant concerns in the Border counties, both North and South, following the British decision to exit the European Union,” the FF Dáil Deputy stated.

“Fortunately, there were 20 years of good growth in trade and commerce between North and South and South and North. Those businesses in the Border region – I am familiar with those in the two southern Ulster counties of my constituency, Cavan and Monaghan – that are heavily dependent on exporting to Northern Ireland and to the British market have already been hard hit by the weakening of Sterling.

“The Government and the Oireachtas need to focus on the immediate issues hitting businesses at present and there must be a case for some support for small and medium-sized enterprises that are heavily dependent on exporting to the Sterling area.

“In this whole discussion, we are all mindful of the difficulties that will arise for…
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