Sunday 21 January 2018

Brexit may be a disaster for Ireland, but solutions can be found to minimise damage from its impact

"It is not clear what the UK side wants, nor is it clear who will be doing the negotiating throughout the process." Stock picture

Neale Richmond

Put simply, Brexit is a disaster for Ireland. Despite assertions of some commentators, there are very few - if any - positives for Ireland.

Minimising and managing the impact on Ireland of this decision will be arguably the most significant challenge the State has faced in its short history.

In recognition of the potential consequences of the UK's decision, the Seanad established a special select committee to consider the implications for Ireland and to suggest some possible solutions to identifiable problems. In order to support its thinking and considerations, the committee organised more than 50 hours of public hearings with former Taoisigh, former ministers, sectoral experts, representative organisations, local authorities, all-island bodies and many more.

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