County councillor to speak at Farage's event says 'Irexit debate needed'
A Eurosceptic county councillor, who is due to speak at Nigel Farage's controversial conference next month, has said that he is taking part because debate is needed on Ireland leaving the EU - a so-called 'Irexit'.
Independent Galway councillor James Charity believes there should be an Irexit "in the long term" and cites concerns over the level of agricultural trade with Britain and the US, as well as increasing integration among EU member states.
Next month's conference in Dublin has been criticised by Fine Gael Senator Neale Richmond, who branded it a "sham gathering".
He claimed that it would seek to promote "incorrect information" about Ireland's role in Europe.
Mr Charity rejected this, described Mr Richmond as a "dedicated Europhile" and said his opinion "really doesn't surprise me".
He said the EU, with its own parliament, flag, and anthem, was developing a common defence mechanism and "moving more and more towards a federal state", adding: "We can't go on with having this position where everyone is afraid to question EU membership."