Friday 23 February 2018

Ross has met no EU leaders in year since Brexit vote

Transport Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Tom Burke
Transport Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Tom Burke
Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

Minister Shane Ross has failed to meet with any of his British or EU counterparts since the Brexit vote last June.

Despite the implications of the United Kingdom's EU withdrawal for Ireland, the Transport, Tourism and Sport Minister has revealed that only his civil servants have met with EU and British government representatives.

"I have not had the opportunity to meet with my UK counterpart or my other EU counterparts since the British referendum on Brexit took place," Mr Ross said.

A spokesman for Mr Ross told the Irish Independent the minister has met with his Northern Ireland counterpart.

But he confirmed that no meeting has taken place with his counterparts in Britain or from other EU countries on issues related to transport or tourism since the UK's EU referendum.

Brexit has significant implications for many sectors that fall under Mr Ross's brief, including the haulage and aviation industries.

Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy said that it is "simply incredible" that Mr Ross has yet to meet with his counterparts given the Brexit threat.

It came as John Callinan, the second secretary general in the Department of the Taoiseach dealing with Brexit, said there are "huge issues" in aviation that must be addressed.

Irish Independent

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