Implications for Good Friday Agreement of UK Referendum Result: Discussion (Resumed)

We will continue our consideration of the implications of Brexit for the Good Friday Agreement and its institutions. I am pleased to welcome the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Paschal Donohoe, who will focus, in particular, on the implications of Brexit for the allocation of EU funding, including under the PEACE and INTERREG programmes.

Apologies have been received from Senators Denis Landy and Niall Ó Donnghaile. We have also received apologies from Mr. Francie Molloy, MP, and Mr. Mickey Brady, MP.

I remind members of two matters. First, votes will take place at 4 p.m. It is possible that we will finish the meeting before then because I am not sure how much time would remain if we were to suspend the sitting.

Second, on behalf of the joint committee, I welcome Ms Marylee Wall who has been appointed as our policy adviser. She is on secondment from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. I am sure everyone will have loads of questions for her in the next few months. It is great to have the assistance of a person from the Department. I am very glad that she has joined us.