Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

9th January 2020


Breathnach says U.K. withdrawal from Erasmus programme a ‘disaster’


– The U.K. Government voted against negotiating their continuation in the programme –
Louth TD and Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on cross border co-operation Declan Breathnach has said the U.K. withdrawal from the Erasmus programme was denying opportunities for students in the North to study in EU countries and vice versa. The House of Commons recently voted against a clause which would have required the Government to negotiate continuing in the Erasmus programme.


Commenting on this, Breathnach said “As a former teacher and principal I know the valuable role education plays in opening minds. This decision by the British Government to oppose the continuation in the EU Erasmus programme is very short-sighted. It will deny many students living in the U.K. the chance to study in EU countries, as well as denying the chance for European students to study in the U.K. Only wealthy families will be able to afford this luxury.”


“Erasmus has been hugely beneficial to young people in the North of Ireland. It allows students to go abroad, to learn new languages and open their minds by meeting people from different cultures and traditions. Erasmus helps foster a spirit of co-operation and understanding between cultures is something usually beneficial to a region like the North. It also of course encouraged European students to study in the North. I hope the U.K. reconsiders this close-minded decision, so Erasmus can be enjoyed by more and more young people for years to come.”



Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)
(T) 01 6183549 (Email)