Cork North West TD, Michael Moynihan has raised his serious concerns with the Taoiseach about the Irish response to Brexit in Dáil Éireann today (Tuesday, 24th January 2016)
“Despite what the Government is claiming, it’s clear that they are in a serious state of denial about both the implications of Brexit for Irish people, and the determination of the British authorities to deliver a hard Brexit.
“Right across the spectrum, there are significant risks for us all. From farming, to financial services, to the pharma industry, jobs are at risk.
“We need to see a sense of urgency coming from the Government. Article 50 will be invoked in the next eight weeks, and Brexit will become a reality within 24 months.
“We have 26 months to insulate ourselves from a harsh Brexit, to protect jobs in Cork especially those in the beef industry.
“50% of all beef produced in Ireland is exported to the United Kingdom. Nearly 90,000 farmers rely on beef exports for their main source of income, and will be in severe jeopardy as a result of fluctuating sterling, and reduced margins.
“I implored the Taoiseach to up his game, and ensure that the Government is prepared for Brexit, and that the negative implications for Irish people are minimised as much as possible,” concluded Moynihan.