Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Darragh O’Brien today welcomed Robin Barnett, British Ambassador to Ireland, to highlight the successful economic trade links between the North County and Britain.
“Trade between Ireland and Britain currently amounts to over €1 billion per week in goods and services which underlines the importance of the relationship between the two countries,” added the Deputy.
“In light of the UK Referendum to vote to leave the European Union it is more crucial now than ever before to protect our trading relationship from any serious negative implications for Irish businesses and their access to the British market.
“Businesses, particularly in the export industry, need swift, decisive and confident leadership from our government and State agencies. Contingency plans for business sectors, up to and including transitional aid measures, affected by the Brexit decision need to be urgently outlined. These plans are critical for Irish business, especially those whose focus is exporting.
“Fianna Fáil has consistently argued that the government must have a clear and comprehensive plan of action for dealing with these challenges. Our reception here this afternoon has made it clear that a coordinated effort is required to deal with the aftermath of Brexit. To this end, bringing together a wide range of industry leaders and local business owners demonstrates a willingness to engage and identify practical solutions to minimalise any impact of the British exit from the EU.
"It was most apparent during this morning's site visits with the Ambassador, that he is conscious of the important connection between Fingal and the British export market.
“There is no doubt some volatility ahead but with over 150 in attendance this afternoon it is clear that our collective focus is well placed on maintaining Dublin Fingal in a competitive position as a place to live, work and invest,” concluded O’Brien.