Saturday 29 April 2017

200,000 Irish jobs rely on UK - Higgins

At the launch of the collection of speeches by President Michael D Higgins in the Irish embassy in London were (l to r ); Dr Maurice Walsh, Brunel University London; Neil Belton, head of Zeus publishing house, and Ambassador to Britain Dan Mulhall Photo: Maxwells
At the launch of the collection of speeches by President Michael D Higgins in the Irish embassy in London were (l to r ); Dr Maurice Walsh, Brunel University London; Neil Belton, head of Zeus publishing house, and Ambassador to Britain Dan Mulhall Photo: Maxwells

Adam Bennett

President Michael D Higgins has warned that 200,000 Irish jobs are reliant on our trading relationship with Britain.

Speaking as he launched a collection of his speeches at the Irish Embassy in London, he stressed that it would make economic sense to continue current economic links, despite the Brexit vote.

President Higgins signs his book Photo: Maxwells
President Higgins signs his book Photo: Maxwells

He said: "I think the decision taken by the British people is something that they now have to discuss and deal with but it affects neighbouring economies like ours.

"It would make economic sense to try and keep the relationship with this country."

Discussing migrants, the President said: "Responding to the current refugee and migrant issue is a global responsibility that falls on all of us.

"If we fail in the current circumstances of not being be able to handle what might be a million people entering the country, can one imagine what the situation might be in 2050?"

Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain Daniel Mulhall said that if there were a literary prize for speeches "our President would be a worthy competitor".

His latest offering covers 36 speeches given in Ireland and abroad on matters including what it's like to be an Irish immigrant, remembering the Easter Rising and how the Irish people can think ethically.

Irish Independent

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