Sunday 30 April 2017

Every morsel is up for grabs in the post-Brexit world, while our leaders act like spectators

Finance Minister Michael Noonan during a Bloomberg Television interview during the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, yesterday. Photo: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
Finance Minister Michael Noonan during a Bloomberg Television interview during the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, yesterday. Photo: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
Mandy Johnston

Mandy Johnston

Irish media headlines are increasingly stretched way beyond this island as our news becomes gradually more occupied by political developments on foreign shores. This is clearly a reflection that while we may have regained our economic independence, it is increasingly obvious that our political destiny is moving perilously away from our grasp.

Keeping up with geo-political machinations this week has not been easy. From Ireland's perspective, the most pertinent issue is Brexit. Our principle concerns are how a 'hard' Brexit affects our own socio-economic prospects domestically, and how our relationship with the EU might change as a result.

The implications of Brexit for Northern Ireland also remain in sharp focus as all political interests contemplate complex negotiations with Irish, British and European institutions.

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