Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Niamh Smyth, has said it is imperative that Northern Ireland continue to receive funding from the European Union for cross border co-operation.

Deputy Smyth was speaking as a member of the Joint Committee on Rural and Community Development following the publication of their report on Brexit and the Border.

She commented, “There are 16 weeks until the United Kingdom is expected to leave the European Union. We have seen peace in the border region since the Good Friday Agreement. A political agreement implemented by political parties across all divides who came together for one common goal, peace on our island. This must not be taken for granted.

“It is imperative cross border co-operation remains to ensure this peace lasts. We need urgent clarity on funding. We are calling for Northern Irish programmes to continue receiving EU funding to avoid any return to troubles in the border region.

“Overall we need greater clarity on post Brexit arrangements. The government should take heed of this report and fight for continued funding for Northern Irish programmes post Brexit,” concluded Deputy Smyth.