Fianna Fáil is set to hold a national conference on Brexit in Dundalk on November 12th.The conference is being organised by Fianna Fáil TD for Louth Declan Breathnach and will examine the challenges and opportunities that Brexit poses for Ireland.

The conference will bring together industry experts, members of the public and political representatives in an attempt to determine the key issues which must be addressed as border communities prepare for Brexit.

Deputy Breathnach said, “Brexit presents the greatest economic and social challenge facing Ireland in a generation. It will have far reaching and wide ranging implications for the whole island, but border communities are particularly vulnerable to a potential economic shock.

“Sadly we have already seen job losses in the agriculture sector. There are fears that such job losses will accelerate in the months ahead as Britain begins the process of leaving the EU. The tourism industry also faces an enormous challenge as the fall in sterling makes it more expensive to holiday in Ireland.

“Fianna Fáil has consistently argued that the Government must have a clear and comprehensive plan of action for dealing with the challenges associated with Brexit. Every effort must be made to secure our economy and to safeguard the fantastic progress that has been made in promoting peace in border areas.

“To this end I have organised a conference which will examine the implications of Brexit and what can be done to protect Ireland’s interests. The conference will be addressed by industry leaders, community activists and key Fianna Fáil spokespeople.

“The conference is open to everyone and will be of particular interest to businesses, farmers and community groups operating in the border region. It will be an open discussion and there will be an opportunity to raise issues with our panel of speakers. I want to ensure that all voices are heard and represented as we prepare for the formal beginning of Brexit,” concluded Deputy Breathnach.