“Government will seek to pursue any appropriate opportunities for Ireland arising from the UK’s departure”

As mentioned in a couple of recent written answers in the Dáil, here and here, the Irish “Government will seek to pursue any appropriate opportunities for Ireland arising from the UK’s departure” from the EU.

Here are those written answers

Brexit Issues

  1. Deputy Niall Collins   asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport   if he has set up a departmental taskforce to acquire EU agencies and research projects from the UK that may have to relocate from Britain after Brexit negotiations are completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28265/16]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross):   My Department is represented on the Interdepartmental Group on EU/UK Affairs. My Department has also established an internal group on EU/UK affairs. Part of the objective of both groups is to identify potential opportunities arising from the UK’s exit from the European Union.

UK Referendum on EU Membership

  1. Deputy Niall Collins   asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation   if she has had any discussions at EU Council level in redistributing EU agencies from the UK after Brexit negotiations are completed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28245/16]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor):   I have not had discussions to date at the Council of Ministers on the reassignment of European Union agencies after the UK’s departure from the EU.

While Government will seek to pursue any appropriate opportunities for Ireland arising from the UK’s departure, there are no specific plans at present in relation to EU agencies within the direct responsibility of my Department.

It is entirely appropriate for the Irish Government to both identify and pursue such opportunities.  It’s what Governments should be doing.  Including the administration at Stormont…

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  • Declan Doyle
  • chrisjones2

    They are welcome to them

    While they are at it they can make a bid for the EU Policy lead on ecigarettes. The new draft directive proposes to impose new ‘safety standards’ on these …this will cut the size of the fluid reservoirs and impose mandatory restriction on use of ecigs and age for sales etc. If implemented this will (literally) kill thousands of existing smokers who might otherwise be lured to safer vaping

    The big sponsor on this are International Tobaccos companies . Guess why?

    Still at least its all part of an international effort


    and will keep us in line with North Korea , Venezuela , etc

  • hgreen

    Look squirrel !

  • hgreen

    We can already see that Brexit will resemble a slow, prolonged crash for the British economy rather than the sudden crash which some remainers predicted. It’ll still be a crash though.

    In some airports the £1 has now fallen below the euro. Which might be good news had the tories not destroyed our manufacturing industries.

  • Katyusha

    There is no industry on earth where having an unregulated new product on the market without safety legislation is a good idea.

    Or let me paraphrase you with an analogy.

    “The new draft directive on autonomous vehicles will impose new “safety standards” on these… this will limit the maximum speed of such vehicles and impose mandatory restrictions on use of autonomous vehicles and age of sales, etc. If implemented this will (literally) kill thousands of existing drivers who might otherwise be lured to safer Autopilot systems.

    The big sponsor on this are International automotive companies . Guess why?”

    The logical outcome of that argument is that introducing product safety standards for autonomous vehicles is a bad thing, which is a conclusion no sane and logical person would reach.
    In the same fashion, selling devices which allow people to breathe in large amounts of volatile organic chemicals, and carry a risk of them blowing up in your face resulting in permanent injury, without any safety standard or regulations, is not the wisest idea.

  • Anglo-Irish

    This is simply an example of a government doing its job.

    As Lord Palmerston put it ” Nations have no such things as permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests. ”

    Ireland needs to approach every foreign company with a UK base where it is trading direct within the EU under agreed trade regulations.

    Prioritizing those that have a preference for dealing in the English language for a start.

    Obviously the other 26 EU members will be evaluating the changing situation to see if they can also attract business away from the UK.

    The financial services industry will no doubt be a major target, especially for France, Germany and Luxembourg but I see no reason why Ireland shouldn’t look into it as well.

    This is the can of worms that has been opened by Brexit.

    The idea that the UK will be the only one seeking to take advantage of the change of circumstances is naive to say the least.

    We won’t know the outcome for several years but there is no guarantee that the UK won’t end up worse off than we were and others better off at our expense.

  • Kevin Breslin

    I’m pro- E-cigarette, but I’ve never smoked and I’ve never used one. The main reason being the fumes coming out of them are safer. I’ve an uncle who died of lung cancer and even stopping a few of those carcinogens would buy him a few months for his family, then they’d be worth investigating and investing in.

    Frankly I believe there is not going to be much of a cultural difference between MEPs and UK MPs on this matter, so I tend to think that attacking the EUP for regulations which should be easier to stop/harder to implement at that level than at a national level is often questionable.

    The “international effort” issue is not going to done simply because the UK chooses to leave an NGO.

    Much of what you say about e-cigs can be said about normal cigs.

    In the same fashion, selling devices which allow people to breathe in large amounts of volatile organic chemicals, and carry a risk of them blowing up in your face resulting in permanent injury, without any safety standard or regulations, is not the wisest idea.

    Then again there’s no regulating stupid.


  • chrisjones2

    No its another example of the benefit of the EU ….you find a device that shows huge potential benefit to save lives so you take a bung from big business and regulate it out of existence. Ireland is welcome to have it

  • chrisjones2

    The Tories didn’t destroy manufacturing. Labour and the unions hollowed it out but what is left now has a huge opportunity

    Meanwhile look at Tourism and retail. They are pouring in in Northern ireland

  • chrisjones2

    Shock! Horror!

    David Davis has made it clear today that there will be a Common Travel Area post Brexit

    Well I never. That is a surprise. Will Gerry be out in the morning praising this?

    Now what will Slugger posters do for the next 3 months? I suppose there is still lots to discuss

    The impact of Brexit on cross border deliveries by Santa?
    Will Santa need a Visa?
    Quarantine for Reindeer?
    WTO duty rates on presents?
    Working conditions for Dwarfs and Santa’s Little Helpers?
    Future regulations on the composition of Christmas cake and related cherry food colouring?
    A possible ban on mince pies?
    Changes in type of Holly and Ivy allowed to be grown in the UK once EU rules are lifted ?
    Revised rules on poor men collecting wood in snow drifts?
    Changes in permitted decibel levels for Church Bells on silent nights?
    Minimum manger sizes?

    and most importantly of all …. the tax treatment of imported Polish and Hungarian Turkeys

    Yes folks. Its that time of the year again

    PS The really sad thing is that in many of those areas there actually are related EU Regulations now incorporated in UK law

  • Ciaran74

    Chris, honestly, you keep banging on about the benefits of a weak sterling. It’s crass to believe a developed economy can sustain its wealth this way. If it’s the way forward then it will only hollow Britains wealth out.

    Brent is priced dollars, and inflation is on its way. Watch the price at the pumps. Watch the price of your food go up. Brexit is coming, fine, I accept it but your economic positives are far too short.

    A bumper Christmas maybe on the cards for Argos, Sainsburys and the House of Frazer but that profit doesn’t stay in NI anyhow.

  • hgreen

    Ha ha. French manufacturing seems to be doing much better and productivity much higher than the UK with their strong unions.

    And in other news Brexit could hit the UK economy by £66bn a year. And that’s every year.

    Yes let’s look at tourism and retail. I mostly see low skilled minimum wage jobs. What do you see?

  • Kevin Breslin

    Right so big business doesn’t interfere with politics in places outside the EU?

    Wise up man!

  • billypilgrim1

    You’re mad as a box of frogs, Chris, but I really do have to applaud your sheer energy and stickability. You fight tirelessly. You are a worthy adversary of the blindingly obvious.

  • chrisjones2

    …and all the hotels and bars etc … and a lot of that money does stay in NI

  • chrisjones2

    people in work. Why are you so dismissive of their aspirations?

  • hgreen

    Do people aspire to work cleaning hotel bedrooms and toilets?

  • hgreen

    Is pisses down here most of the year. We will never be more than a niche tourist destination. As for retail if the pound goes down the prices go up as most of the crap we buy is imported from elsewhere.

  • Ciaran74

    There’s a capacity ceiling to those industries unless we become the Atlantic Vegas…….

    And aren’t all the current (narrow) benefits for NI mentioned within the EU/single market?

  • billypilgrim1

    An “aspiration” to have insecure, unskilled, prospectless minimum-wage employment is an “aspiration” that damn well deserves to be dismissed.

  • Jams O’Donnell

    “The Tories didn’t destroy manufacturing.”

    As ‘billypilgrim1’ said above – “mad as a box of frogs”.

  • hotdogx

    Great, good man yer self it would be boring without you….

  • grumpy oul man

    Most of the people on zero hour minimum wage jobs in tourism and retail (which is most of them) main aspiration is to get a job were you are not treated like dog dirt,
    Of course we got out of the EU and now we depend on EU tourists, of course the other great spin off will be those from Britain and Northern Ireland who cant afford to go to Europe.