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Thursday 20 July 2017

Fianna Fáil accuse Government of failing to prepare for Brexit

Fianna Fail's Niall Collins Photo: Tom Burke
Fianna Fail's Niall Collins Photo: Tom Burke

Phillip Ryan

Fianna Fáil has accused the Government of failing to prepare for Brexit.

Fianna Fáil’s jobs spokesman Niall Collins said the Government has not “Brexit proofed” the economy ahead of the UK’s decision to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

Mr Collins said several industry bodies have warned there will be “serious job losses next year” due to the uncertainty around Brexit.

Speaking during Leaders Questions in the Dail, the Limerick County TD urged Housing Minister Simon Coveney to set out the measures the Government had taken to protect jobs and businesses in wake of the economic threats facing the country.

Mr Coveney, who was taking Leaders Question for Taoiseach Enda Kenny, responded by insisting no county in the EU “comes close to Ireland” in terms of preparedness for Brexit.

The minister said there was ongoing engagement between civil servants and ministers in both Ireland and the UK ahead of official Brexit negotiations. 

Responding to a question from Independent TD Michael Lowry on homelessness, Mr Coveney said there is “still amount to climb” to tackle the problem but said the number of homeless people has reduced this month.

He said three new homeless shelters will open this week which will facilitate more than 200 people.

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