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EU Affairs Committee to travel to London to participate in meetings regarding BrExit

The Joint Committee on European Union Affairs will hold a series of meetings in London tomorrow, Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd March 2015, with members of the Houses of Commons and Lords, as well as other groups, regarding a possible UK exit from the EU (commonly referred to as ‘BrExit’).

1st March 2015

Committee Members will meet with MPs, Lords and other interested parties from both sides of the debate (see agenda below) and will discuss the implications of a possible UK departure on Irish-UK relations.

Committee Chairman Dominic Hannigan TD says: “There has been much debate recently about the possibility of a UK referendum on leaving the European Union. The Committee on EU Affairs is currently holding a series of meetings on the potential implications for Ireland of a BrExit and as part of this process, our visit to Westminster tomorrow will afford the Committee an invaluable opportunity to discuss the issue of BrExit with our colleagues in London.”

“The delegation will be keen to explore a range of issues in relation to the possible referendum that have been raised at Committee meetings in recent weeks. We remain respectful both of the debate going on in the UK and also of the sovereignty of the people of the UK to decide – in the event that a referendum is called – whether or not to remain in the EU. At the same time, the UK is the only EU country with which Ireland shares a land border, and as well as having many economic, cultural and historic ties, so the Committee feels it is of vital importance that we facilitate an open discussion on both sides of the debate.”


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Houses of the Oireachtas,
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Programme: Visit to London of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on European Union Affairs. 2-3 March 2015. Venues: Ireland and Westminster.

Monday 2 March  

10.00:    Meeting with representatives of Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia and IDA    
11.15:    Meeting with Irish International Business Network (IIBN) and Ambassador Mulhall
12.30:    Working lunch with British Chamber of Commerce members to discuss the implications of changes in the UK-EU relationship. Venue: Embassy of Ireland
15.00:    Meeting with Chair and members of the EU Scrutiny Committee (Venue: Westminster)
16.30:    Meeting at the Embassy with representatives from Mixed Race Irish (MRI)
17.00:    Meeting at the Embassy with representatives from ‘Ireland in Britain’
18.00:  The delegation will attend ‘Oíche Ghaelach’ at the Embassy: An opportunity to meet with a diverse group of Irish people living in Britain who are involved in the teaching and learning of Irish. A number of Irish cultural performances will be held and Committee Chairman, Dominic Hannigan TD, will speak on the work of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on European Union Affairs

Tuesday 3 March

10.00:    Meeting with Shadow Europe Minister Pat McFadden MP
11.00:    Meeting with Laura Sandys MP
12.30:    Working lunch with Members of the House of Lords involved in the UK-EU debate. (Venue: Embassy of Ireland)
15.15:    Meeting with Minister for Europe, David Liddington MP
16:30: Depart for airport

Committee Membership:

Chairman: Dominic Hannigan, TD (Labour)


Eric Byrne (Labour);  Seán Crowe (Sinn Féin); Timmy Dooley (Fianna Fail); Bernard J. Durkan (Fine Gael); John Halligan (Independent); Seán Kyne (Fine Gael); Derek Keating (Fine Gael); Joe O’Reilly (Fine Gael)


Colm Burke (Fine Gael); Aideen Hayden (Labour); Terry Leyden     (Fianna Fáil); Catherine Noone (Fine Gael); Kathryn Reilly (Sinn Féin)