5 August 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

Whether Co Monaghan was ready for any business that might come its way in the aftermath of the Brexit result was debated by councillors at the July meeting of Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District last week.

Councillor PJ O’Hanlon referred to correspondence received from Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s Private Secretary which informed the Municipal District members that a Notice of Motion approved by councillors at the June meeting in relation to Brexit had been noted by Minister Noonan.

Commenting on this, Councillor O’Hanlon said that a follow up letter should be sent to the Minister as the Municipal District did not send the motion for it to be noted. He also queried if Monaghan Co Council was “any way forward planning” in relation to companies that may wish to relocate to the county following the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

“I would ask that we would get a portfolio and if any companies are looking to move into Ireland that we are 100% ready for this.”

The Fianna Fáil representative put forward a motion that the Municipal District would do up a business plan in relation to ensuring that the proper infrastructure was in place for all new possible opportunities that might arise as a result of Brexit. His motion also requested that a meeting with Minister for the Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys and local TDs would take place to discuss the issue.

“If we are not ready we need to look at what we can do to get prepared,” stated Councillor O’Hanlon.

Commenting that he had not thought that the Brexit result would happen …

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