Ní Riada welcomes EU plans for new maritime channel post-Brexit

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has welcomed EU proposals for a new maritime channel linking Ireland and Europe post Brexit.

Liadh Ní Riada said:

“I welcome this proposal coming from the EU Commission as part of its no deal Brexit contingency plans for the creation of a new maritime channel between Ireland and Europe.

“It shows the willingness of the EU to ensure trade with Ireland is not hindered by the disastrous Tory Brexit agenda.

“This would not only provide a solution to the trade problems of Brexit but would also be a boost to tourism and the construction industry.

“While no port has yet been identified it would make sense for it to be located at the existing deep water ports of Rosslare, Cork or Waterford.

“Such a facility is much needed and long overdue should go ahead regardless of the Brexit outcome and there is funding available through the Connected Europe Fund to make it happen.

“It would also compliment and enhance existing trade routes across the island, all of which we want to see protected from Brexit.

“It is clear the political will exists in the EU to create this new maritime channel and we now need to see the Irish government stepping up and ensure it comes to fruition.”

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