Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Niall Collins TD has called for a fair, open process in re-distributing EU agencies from the UK after Brexit negotiations are completed.

In a letter to the Commissioner for Research & Innovation Carlos Moedas Deputy Collins has highlighted concerns around a land grab by larger states at the expense of smaller countries. The UK is host to the European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) as well as numerous research projects.

Deputy Collins stated, “Ireland is preparing its own case for acquiring specific agencies across various departments. However I am concerned that larger member states are muscling out smaller countries in an effort to acquire these jobs. It is vital that smaller member states are not unfairly excluded. Ireland as a highly educated, English speaking country with a strong tradition of research is ideally suited for such re-location.

“I have written to the Commissioner to ensure that a fair and open process is adopted by the Commission when it decides on re-locations. It cannot be a matter of who ever shouts loudest gets the most.

“Once the process is fair I am confident that Ireland can compete with any other EU member states when Article 50 negotiations are completed to acquire these agencies and research centre. This will be a major boost across the country.

“Brexit is a serious economic shock so it is vital that we adjust quickly and ensure we have a resilient economy to withstand any repercussions. Our government must fight to defend Ireland’s corner against any land grab by larger states. ” Deputy Collins concluded.