Jobs Minister hosts Brexit meeting in Carrick on Shannon

The Minister for Jobs is hosting the first of a series of stakeholder meetings on Brexit today in Leitrim.

Stakeholders including the Chambers of Commerce from Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal as well as other business and employment groups will meet for the event in the Bush Hotel.

The minister’s visit comes ahead of the arrival of Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the region next week.

It’s understood the Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell-O’Connor wants to hear first hand the concerns of different groups about the exit of Britain from the EU.

She is purposely starting in the North West and border understandably will be worst-affected by the move.

Just last week, Ciaran Fitzgerald the author of a report commissioned by the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland warned that 7,500 jobs could be lost in the drinks industry alone as a result of Brexit.

Mr. Fitzgerald says the exchange rate and proposals in the new Public Health Alcohol Bill are all really worrying business in the border region right now:


The Minister outlined to Ocean FM News what she hopes to hear from business stakeholders at the meeting today.