Wednesday 23 August 2017

Four counties most exposed to hard border

Cavan, Monaghan, Kerry and Longford are the counties most exposed to the economic effects of a hard Brexit. Stock picture
Cavan, Monaghan, Kerry and Longford are the counties most exposed to the economic effects of a hard Brexit. Stock picture
Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

Cavan, Monaghan, Kerry and Longford are the counties most exposed to the economic effects of a hard Brexit, while average farm incomes overall could be slashed by more than 6pc, a stark analysis shows.

More than one in five workers in each of those counties works in the sectors most vulnerable to the UK's EU exit, the study states.

These include agri-food and beverages, accommodation and tourism services, air and freight transport, and traditional manufacturing.

Some 243,000 workers are employed in those sectors, according to the study by business body Ibec.

"By examining employment in these sectors across different counties, we can give some idea as to which areas of the country are most exposed in the event of a 'hard' Brexit," the Ibec report said. Counties with the highest exposure are Cavan, with 28pc of its workforce in the affected sectors, Monaghan (27pc), Kerry (22pc) and Longford (21pc).

Irish Independent

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