Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Niall Collins has said that large parts of the country face a very uncertain future when Brexit finally takes place.

Deputy Collins was commenting after a report from IBEC showed that certain counties will fare considerably worse than others when the UK finally leaves the European Union.

“The Quarter Two Economic Outlook from IBEC has identified four counties across the State where at least one in five people are working in sectors highly exposed to Brexit.

“Cavan, Monaghan, Kerry and Longford are all facing an uncertain economic future as a result of the decision to the leave the EU.

“These sectors include the agri-food, tourism and accommodation sectors which are significant sources of employment in these areas..  The Report underscores that unless the Government comprehensively plan for this there is a risk of job losses in all four counties which will undoubtedly create greater regional imbalance.

“Worryingly, the Government promised that sectoral response plans would be developed by all Departments but as of yet no plans have been published.

“The reality is that we are over a year on from the referendum result and the March 2019 deadline is fast approaching. It is therefore imperative that the Government get their act together and put plans in place for the sectors most exposed to Brexit.

“A hard Brexit, which at this juncture is plausible, would be disastrous for the country, but for workers in these specific sectors in Kerry, Cavan, Monaghan and Longford, their very livelihoods are at risk.

“Time is of the essence and the gravity of Brexit and its potential impact on these counties should not be underestimated. The Government must be proactive rather than reactive and put in place comprehensive supports to help businesses to weather this storm,” concluded Collins.