Tánaiste to address Fermoy Brexit meeting

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney
Cork East general election candidate Pa O’Driscoll (FG)

The controversial issue of Brexit and its possible repercussions for Ireland will come under the spotlight at a public meeting taking place in Fermoy next Monday evening.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney TD, will be the keynote speaker at the meeting, which will take place from 8pm at the Fermoy Youth Centre on Ashe Quay. 

The meeting has been organised by Fine Gael general election candidate for Cork East Pa O’Driscoll, who said it would offer people the chance to hear about the issue from the Irish governments leading Brexit representative. 

He said Brexit was the single most common issue being raised by people on their doorsteps as he canvassed across the constituency. 

“For many people the lack of a definite position from the British government is worrying. There is a genuine concern that a ‘no-deal’ Brexit could have a very negative impact on our economy,” said Mr O’Driscoll. 

“It doesn’t matter what area of the economy people are employed in, whether it is agriculture, manufacturing or services. The fact is that the UK is our biggest trading partner and people are looking for clarity on what form of a deal is possible and how that will impact on Ireland.” 

He said that according to the Economic and Social Research Institute (ERSI) the impact of Brexit could be the loss of up to 40,000 jobs and a drop of 4% in economic growth over the course of a decade.

“While the Irish government has been successful in highlight our special case to our counterparts in the EU, the warnings from the ERSI and others of the possible consequences of Brexit show the seriousness of what we are facing,” said Mr O’Driscoll.

“Whether it is trade or the border with Northern Ireland, there is a recognition across the EU that Ireland will need to be protected as far as possible from the negative impacts of Brexit,” he added. 

Mr O’Driscoll said that Monday nights meeting would be open to people all sectors, regardless of their political affiliations. 

“I would urge anyone with an interest in finding out about Brexit and the repercussions it may have for Ireland to come along to the meeting and raise their concerns and ideas. There are many businesses and industries across north Cork that will be affected by Brexit and this an opportunity for people working in them to be heard and to air their concerns,” he said.