Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan and Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs & Trade Brendan Smith says Irish Embassies and Consulates should continue to adopt an all-island approach when promoting our international trade, tourism and investment priorities.

He made the comments following his call for the establishment of an all-island industrial promotion agency in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the EU.

Deputy Smith explained, “The threat of Brexit is the biggest challenge this country has faced in decades and all efforts must be made to protect our indigenous businesses North and South of the border, as well as promoting an all-island product to attract investment, trade and tourism opportunities.

“Tourism Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and Bord Bia have played an integral part in boosting our presence on the global stage, and these agencies will continue to work to push Irish interests.

“Continuing cross-border engagement with agencies like Inter-Trade Ireland has never been more important and I’m pleased that Minister Flanagan has confirmed that “our network of diplomatic and consular offices continues to be available to assist Northern Ireland businesses and joint North-South trade missions”.  We must continue to grow our cross-border links and bolster the already solid foundations that have been laid.  This strategy is in the best interests of the entire island and will ensure that the full potential of the Good Friday Agreement is realised”, concluded Deputy Smith.