Methodology of Irish Senate Report

Seanad Éireann established a Special Select Committee to consider the issue of the United  Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union at the end of February 2017, recognising the potential consequences of the decision and in order to consider the implications for Ireland. The Committee was particularly asked to consider the implications under eight headings. The […]

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Economic Implications [Irish Senate Report]

Background Even before the referendum result in June of last year, the implications on the Irish economy were discussed and debated at great length. In November 2015, the ESRI suggested that the overall impact was likely to be focused on the trade relationship. This same report identified four key areas in which the implications were […]

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Citizenship & Social Rights [Irish Senate Reports]

General Following the referendum result on 24 June 2016 and the notification of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union on 29 March 2017, there is significant concern regarding the rights of EU citizens resident in the UK, as well as the rights of UK citizens living in other EU Member States. According to […]

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Agriculture [Irish Senate Report]

General Issues related to agriculture, farming and the food sector have already been thoroughly considered by the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine in their February 2017 Report ‘Impact of the UK Referendum on Membership of the European Union on the Irish Agri-Food and Fisheries Sectors’. But in order to consider any more […]

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Future of Europe

General This year the EU celebrated 60 years since its foundation, 44 of which Ireland has been a Member  The Committee heard that the European Union has been the “world’s most successful peace process” , with concrete financial advantages for Members, and success in creating a Single Market, in creating uniform standards, in recognising shared […]

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Energy [Irish Senate Report]

Energy The production of energy, while not one of the primary issues discussed since the UK referendum, is an issue that the Committee considers to be extremely important. Ireland’s energy needs are particularly dependent on the UK to maintain full security of supply through interconnection. At the same time, Northern Ireland has a particular reliance on Ireland […]

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Education [Irish Senate Report]

Challenges Brexit creates a number of challenges in these sectors, with key concerns including: – The future of EU funded programmes involving the United Kingdom, including the Erasmus+ Programme and PEACE/INTERREG funding; – Mobility of students between the UK and Ireland, particularly issues pertaining to freedom of movement and university fees; – Mutual recognition of […]

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Health [Irish Senate Report]

Background The Committee heard of a number of challenges in the health sector described during its hearings, one of the most serious of which is the access to healthcare for those living in the Border regions. Particularly for areas where the closest hospital or emergency care is located on the other side of the border, […]

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Transport [Irish Senate Report]

General Brexit poses a number of challenges in the transportation sector affecting aviation, cross-border public transport and travel to and transit through the United Kingdom to the rest of the European Union. These issues also overlap to a significant level with matters pertaining to the CTA, Northern Ireland, trade and the future relationship of the […]

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Common Travel Area [Irish Senate Report]

Background Since the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, both the Irish and British governments have operated what is known as the Common Travel Area (CTA). Its origins can be traced in the mutual recognition of each other’s immigration laws, which were largely based on pre-independence immigration policy. The CTA has no connection […]

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Northern Ireland [Irish Senate Report]

Background Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement have been recognised in the Guidelines adopted by the European Council: “The Union has consistently supported the goal of peace and reconciliation enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts, and continuing to support and protect the achievements, benefits and commitments of the Peace Process will remain […]

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