EU Affairs Committee welcomes EU guiding principles for Brexit talks on Ireland and Northern Ireland

The Joint Committee on European Union Affairs has today welcomed the publication of EU ‘guiding principles’ for Brexit talks on Ireland and Northern Ireland

Committee Chairman, Michael Healy Rae said, “The guiding principles published today by the EU in relation to upcoming Brexit talks on Ireland and Northern Ireland are positive, helpful and broadly welcomed. It is clear that the unique circumstances on the island of Ireland, in particular the Good Friday Agreement and the Common Travel Area, are fully recognised, which is very much appreciated.

Now, we must continue dialogue and talk about potential ways in which those problems may be addressed to the benefit of all citizens affected. As Mr Barnier highlighted to a delegation of the Joint Committee on European Union Affairs in February, flexible and imaginative solutions are required. I am encouraged to again see this approach in the Guiding Principles today and look forward to further engagement on the detail of any proposed solutions.

The Guiding Principles reflect the EU’s desire for these objectives to be achieved, with the goal of fully mitigating the effects of Brexit on the island of Ireland.”


Ciaran Brennan,
Houses of the Oireachtas
Communications Unit
Leinster House
Dublin 2
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Joint Committee Membership:

Chairman: Michael Healy-Rae TD (Independent)


Colm Brophy (Fine Gael)
Seán Crowe (Sinn Féin)
Bernard Durkan (Fine Gael)
Sean Haughey (Fianna Fáil)
Mattie McGrath (Rural Independent Group)
Frank O'Rourke (Fianna Fáil)


Paul Coghlan (Fine Gael)
Gerard P. Craughwell (Independent Group)
Terry Leyden (Fianna Fáil)
Neale Richmond (Fine Gael)