Declan Breathnach TD Louth (and East Meath)

12th July 2019


All-Ireland Special Economic Zone may be only way to avoid hard border-Breathnach

-This was raised in the Dáil by Deputy Breathnach and then suggested by the Taoiseach on Friday– Breathnach


Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath, Declan Breathnach has said the creation of an All-Ireland Special Economic Zone could avoid a hard border and should be explored


Speaking in Dáil Éireann on Friday, Breathnach said “Politics is the art of compromise and I firmly believe, having lived near the Border, that an all-Ireland economy and an economic zone must be created on these islands for a period of years to ensure that the people North and South and their economies and livelihoods are protected.”


“We are staring down the barrel of a no-deal Brexit. I support the withdrawal agreement and the backstop, and I welcome the collective solidarity by Irish politicians of all sides on this. However, they are useless unless the British Government also accepts them, and this looks increasingly unlikely”


He continued “Today on Newstalk the Taoiseach suggested a Special Economic Zone as an option too. This is something supported by The Alternative Arrangements Commission (AAC), an organisation set up by Conservative MPs. If this could be agreed by all parties it could turn out to be the key element in avoiding a no-deal Brexit.



-Ends- Cathal Haughey, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638) (T) 01 6183549 (Email)