A host of high-profile politicians including Tanaiste Simon Coveney and business people will speak at a Brexit forum in Laois this week.
A public meeting on Brexit will take place in the Heritage Hotel in Killenard this Thursday, February 1, at 7.30pm with the speakers including Tanaiste Simon Coveney, MEP Mairead McGuinness, Ciaran Finane from Finline Furniture, IFA Director General Damian McDonald and former Fine Gael leader Alan Dukes.
The event is being hosted by Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon and is being facilitated by local councillor Tom Mulhall.
The special guests will be speaking about the challenges raised by Brexit for Irish people.
“The end of phase 1 of Brexit negotiations in December secured commitments that we sought for Ireland,” says Deputy Heydon.
“However as we start 2018 and the next phase of negotiations on Brexit, the challenges for Irish Businesses, agriculture and the common travel areas remain. This public meeting is an opportunity for you to hear the latest updates on the negotiations and the views from Europe. It will also allow you to have your say on the future we want after Brexit.
“We have gathered a list of high quality speakers including Tanaiste Simon Coveney. Between them our speakers have vast experience of negotiations at European level as well as dealing with the daily challenges that Brexit pose to both business and agriculture in Ireland.
“The meeting being held in The Heritage, Killenard is open to all and I look forward to a large attendance on the night.”
The speakers have a vast experience of negotiations at European level and deal with the daily challenges that Brexit poses to both business and agriculture in Ireland.
The event is one of the first signs of the new political constituencies which will see over 10,000 Laois people – from Killenard, Portarlington and Ballybrittas – voting in Kildare South in the next General Election.
There are currently three TDs in Kildare South – Martin Heydon (Fine Gael), Fiona O’Loughlin (Fianna Fail) and Sean O’Fearghail (Fianna Fail) – but that will increase to four the next time. As the current Ceann Comhairle, Deputy O’Fearghail will be automatically re-elected.