Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

21st February 2017

– “We have a political and moral duty to maintain the Good Friday Agreement and all that it entails” –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach has welcomed the comments of Frans Timmermans, First Vice President of the European Commission today at the Joint Committees on Foreign Affairs & Trade, Defence and European Union Affairs, that Ireland is a very, very Special Case in the Brexit negotiations.

“I asked about making a special case for the whole of Ireland in respect of Peace and The Good Friday Agreement and I also asked about marketing our Agri-Food Produce on a whole of Ireland basis.  While Frans Timmermans did not answer every question put to him individually he did say categorically that Ireland is a very, very special case and that we have a political and moral duty to maintain the Good Friday Agreement and all that it entails”.

“This is great news coming from the First Vice President of the European Commission.”

“In addition to that, European Movement Ireland conducted a survey among our European Partners last week in advance of the All Island Civic Dialogue which took place in Dublin Castle on Friday.  The results of the survey showed that 90% of European organisations surveyed support the view that Ireland is a unique case in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.”

“Frans Timmermans also stated at today’s Committee meeting that the greatest enemy of the EU is not anti-EU sentiment but rather indifference.”

“We must ensure that Ireland will indeed be a special case and that there should not be any damage be caused to either the fragile peace achieved to date or the economic progress that has accrued to our Island as a result of our EU membership and in particularly in the context of Brexit.”

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Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2

(T) 01 6183549 (Email)  declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie