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Foreign Minister tells Newry: Irish government preparing for Brexit

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Foreign Minister tells Newry: Irish government preparing for Brexit thumbnailThomas Hunter McGowan, Liam Hannaway, Mary Meehan, Stephen Comer and Charlie Flanagan TD

THE Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Ireland Charlie Flanagan, has told Newry's Chamber of Commerce that the Irish Government is ready to engage in "crucial negotiations" post Brexit.

Speaking at a business lunch at The Canal Court Hotel on Wednesday, October 19, Mr Flanagan also said that Brexit poses serious challenges for the future.

“My visit to Newry is part of the Irish Government's ongoing outreach and engagement with business leaders and communities in Northern Ireland to hear first-hand their views on the impact of Brexit," said Mr Flanagan.

“I have a role as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement and am very clear on the obligations and duties that come with my office.

“We will need to draw on all of the political, economic, social, diplomatic and technical expertise available to us on this island to ensure the best outcome for all of us."

Vice President of Newry Chamber Stephen Comer, added that he was "heartened" that Northern Ireland is a core priority for Dublin regarding Brexit.

“We as a Chamber have been very active in our engagement on a political front and we implore you in your position as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to continue to engage extensively with the UK government and with each of your foreign ministerial colleagues all across the EU to recognise our special status," said Mr Comer.

During his visit to Newry, the TD also met with a number of organisations promoting peace building and reconciliation with support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Reconciliation Fund, including Peaceful Futures South Armagh and the Centre of Cross Border Studies.

“It is really important to acknowledge the vital and ongoing work on reconciliation being carried out by organisations across the island," added Mr Flanagan.

“Building reconciliation is a complex and multi-faceted endeavour. I am looking forward to hearing about the contribution our partner organisations make to a peaceful, reconciled and forward-looking society and the support they need from wider society in this vital work."

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