Tuesday 15 October 2019

Dialogue event a chance to listen to Brexit concerns

The Taoiseach and the Tanaiste will co-host the fifth plenary session of the All-Island Civic Dialogue.

A picture taken with a drone of a Border crossing between Co Fermanagh in Northern Ireland and Co Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland near the town of Clones (Niall Carson/PA Wire)
A picture taken with a drone of a Border crossing between Co Fermanagh in Northern Ireland and Co Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland near the town of Clones (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

By Michelle Devane, Press Association  

The All-Island Civic Dialogue will offer an opportunity to listen to the concerns of groups from both sides of the border as Brexit looms, the Tanaiste has said.

Simon Coveney said the Government was “deeply aware” of the potentially profound impacts of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal and was stepping up its no-deal preparations.

The Tanaiste and the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will co-host the fifth plenary session of the All-Island Civic Dialogue in Dublin Castle today.

It will be chaired by Tom Arnold and feature updates from the government, contributions from political parties as well as discussions on people, citizens and rights, and business preparations.

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Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar (Niall Carson/PA)

The event builds on more than 20 sectoral dialogues that have taken place across the country as well as the previous plenary sessions.

Speaking ahead of the event, Mr Coveney said: “This is an opportune time to host another plenary session of the All Island Civic Dialogue.

“There have been many significant developments since our last plenary session in April 2018, including the agreement of the Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and UK Government.

“Despite this, uncertainty over Brexit persists, and I welcome the chance to provide an update on the work that Government has undertaken to prepare for all possible outcomes, and to listen to the concerns from representative groups across society, North and South.

“We are all deeply aware of the potentially profound political, social, economic and trade impacts of a no-deal Brexit.

“The Government is taking very clear steps to mitigate these impacts and has stepped up its preparations for Brexit across Government, including for a no-deal Brexit.”

Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee said: “Engagement with stakeholders is an important pillar of the Government’s Brexit response.

“The Dialogue has been complemented by the recent Getting Ireland Brexit Ready programme of events held across the country, and allows us to hear from those most impacted by Brexit and feed this back into our ongoing planning.”

Ms McEntee will participate in the panel discussion on business preparation.

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