Industry & Business

‘No return to the hard border’

 Breaking News
  • Arkphire Secures New Investment IT solutions and networking company, Arkphire, has announced that Bregal Milestone, a private capital firm, has completed an investment into the business. The investment by Bregal Milestone comes from their new €400 million pan-European fund dedicated to investing in high-growth European companies. Typical commitments from Bregal Milestone range from €20 million to €60 million. Arkphire provides [...]...
  • Government Investment in Research & Development Amounts to Over €750 Million in 2018 The latest figures on Government investment in research and development (R&D), published by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, show that over €750 million is estimated to have been invested in R&D in 2018. The data in The Research and Development Budget 2017-2018 publication is compiled from a comprehensive survey of thirty Government Departments [...]...
  • Smart Dublin in Partnership With Enterprise Ireland Award 21 New Innovation Contracts Approximately €700,000 is to be awarded to companies under Enterprise Ireland’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) initiative which will enable them explore innovative solutions to address challenges faced by Local Authorities. 21 companies have been awarded Phase One funding to progress the feasibility of their solutions. Phase One funding will allow each recipient to carry [...]...
  • Tourism Industry Barometer Reflects Buoyant Year But Hints at Brexit Concerns Tourism performance throughout 2018 continues to be on a strong footing, according to the latest Fáilte Ireland Tourism Barometer. The survey of more than 500 tourism businesses around the country shows over half of the tourism industry is reporting their business to be up, with two thirds (64%) saying that tourism agency supports have been [...]...
  • Glanbia to Acquire SlimFast For $350 Million Glanbia, the global nutrition group, has agreed to acquire SlimFast and other brands for $350 million from the owners KSF Holdings LLP and HNS Intermediate Corporation. SlimFast is a leading weight management and health & wellness brand family distributed primarily in the food, drug, mass and club (FDMC) channel in the US and UK. It [...]...

‘No return to the hard border’

‘No return to the hard border’
March 30
09:00 2017

Theresa May’s letter to trigger Article 50 states that she does not want Brexit to “harm” the Republic of Ireland. The British Prime Minister has included a note on what she sees as the UK’s “special relationship” with Ireland and the importance of the peace process in Northern Ireland.

“The Republic of Ireland is the only EU member state with a land border with the United Kingdom.

“We want to avoid a return to a hard border between our two countries, to be able to maintain the Common Travel Area between us, and to make sure that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU does not harm the Republic of Ireland,” she wrote.

“We also have an important responsibility to make sure that nothing is done to jeopardise the peace process in Northern Ireland, and to continue to uphold the Belfast Agreement.”

The Irish Government has issued a statement responding to the formal initiation of Brexit, saying: “It has been clear from the start that the UK’s departure from the Union will have significant economic, political and social implications for Ireland.”

The Government says it regrets the UK decision but highlight the fact that while Article 50 has been triggered, the UK remains a member of the EU until negotiations are completed. “In the meantime, nothing will change, including the UK’s obligations towards the citizens and businesses of other Member States,” the statement says.

“While the Article 50 exit negotiations should also involve discussion of the future relationship between the EU and the UK, the many important issues involved are unlikely to be resolved for a considerable time.”

The Government said it has been “working very hard for more than two years” to engage with all sectors across the island of Ireland, to fully analyse our main areas of concern and to develop our negotiating priorities.

The Irish priorities are to minimise the impact on our trade and the economy; to protect the Northern Ireland Peace Process, including through maintaining an open border; to continue the Common Travel Area with the UK; and to work for a positive future for the European Union.

“We note that our particular concerns, including in relation to the Good Friday Agreement, have been acknowledged by Prime Minister May in her letter.” A consolidated paper providing more detail of the Irish priorities and approach to the negotiations will be published before a meeting of the European Council on April 29.

About Author

editor

editor

Related Articles

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements



















National Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition 2018

NIBRT Springboard Success Stories



Upcoming Events

  • No upcoming events
AEC v1.0.4