Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has praised the recent EU Budget Committee delegation to Ireland.
The Ireland South MEP said the delegation was an important means of directly connecting the experience and concerns of the Irish people to the work of the EU budget committee.
Ms Ní Riada, who sits on the EU Budgets Committee, was speaking following the presentation of the committee’s Mission to Ireland Report.
The report was organized by Ms Ní Riada to examine the use of EU funding and the impact of any reduction or cuts to EU funding in the context of Brexit.
“It is of vital importance that the EU fully recognize the potential impact of Brexit on Ireland,” she said.
“Ireland is in a unique position in terms of Brexit and must be treated as such, not only in the Brexit negotiations but in every committee of the EU parliament.
“Brexit will have far reaching consequences across all policy areas. I will do everything I can to ensure that the budget committee takes full account of Brexit and the risks it poses to Ireland.
“Resources need to be made available to safeguard the Irish economy. This is the message I have made clear to the EU Budget Committee.
“I am pleased to have had the chance to take a Budget Delegation to Ireland to hear directly from the Irish people regarding their experiences of EU funding and concerns for the future.
“It is alarming that Fine Gael’s own party in the European Parliament (EPP), who wrote the report, highlighted the inadequate preparations in Ireland for Brexit.
“While the EU certainly has a part to play, it is unacceptable that the Irish government is not taking more proactive measures and are relying on others to protect Irish interests.”