Tuesday, 9th October 2018
Press Statement by Hildegarde Naughton TD
Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo
Tánaiste Simon Coveney will attend a public outreach event on Brexit at NUI Galway on Friday. The event is part of the Government’s Getting Ireland Brexit Ready public information campaign.
It is the second major convention on Brexit to take place in Galway, following a public meeting organised by local Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton last year in the wake of the UK referendum in 2016.
Deputy Naughton said that Friday’s event was one of four national meetings being held following the launch of the Government’s Getting Ireland Brexit Ready campaign on September 20.
“The Government has been highly focused on preparedness and contingency planning since before the Brexit referendum in June 2016. Providing access to relevant information for businesses and individuals is now a priority in the context of that process,” said the Galway West TD.
“The expertise of government agencies such as Fáilte Ireland, Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Tourism Ireland will be brought together at these events in the form of a ‘one-stop shop’ for interested parties.
“While there is still much uncertainty about many aspects of Brexit, we need to be totally prepared for every possible eventuality. Friday’s meeting will intensify the process of readying and informing the public of progress ahead of UK withdrawal,” said Deputy Naughton.
The event at NUI Galway on Friday is one of four national public outreach meetings taking place nationally in successive weeks this month. The other events will be held in Cork, Dublin and Monaghan.
Deputy Naughton encouraged any individuals or companies with an interest in the agri-food, fisheries, tourism or business sector to attend the event, which will take place in the Institute for Lifecourse and Society at NUI Galway from 9am on Friday, October 12.
Admission to the event is free, but registration is required in advance. Interested parties can register online at www.eventbrite.ie/e/getting-brexit-ready-galway-tickets-50444893033.
“I know from my engagement with individuals and the business community in relation to Brexit that there is a lot of concern, anxiety and uncertainty about what lies ahead,” said Deputy Naughton.
“This is a chance to address some of those issues and avail of advice and information on supports that are available for businesses to both help them tackle the challenges that Brexit will bring, as well as make the most of the opportunities.”