Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit has reiterated his party’s call for Taoiseach Enda Kenny to appoint a designated Minister for Brexit.

Deputy Donnelly made the comments following the triggering of Article 50 by the UK Government yesterday.

“The Taoiseach himself has described the Brexit negotiations as the most important in the history of the state. Fine Gael may soon be embroiled in a leadership election followed by a likely cabinet reshuffle. Up to this point, it has been argued that the Brexit portfolio is the task of the Taoiseach,” said Deputy Donnelly.

“Between the election process, appointments to new roles and the time it takes to read into a brief, we are looking at a situation where we may not have someone leading the Brexit response in any meaningful way for a number of months. This is simply unacceptable considering Ireland is the country that is most exposed to the ill winds of Brexit and given that negotiations will intensify over the coming months.

“The Government should seriously consider appointing a dedicated Minister for Brexit who would stay in place following a possible cabinet reshuffle. Doing so would ensure that, regardless of any political upheavals within Government, Ireland’s interests would be protected. The possibility of entering into these negotiations without political leadership is very worrying and must be avoided.”