Taoiseach to visit North West next week for Brexit meeting

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will visit the North West next week to hear from those with concerns over Brexit.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan says the visit, on February 10th, will be part of a round of consultations in advance of the Brexit negotiations between Britain and the EU.

He was speaking during an interview with Ocean FM News before attending a gala concert last Friday evening to mark Sligo’s selection as the 2017 European Capital of Volunteering.

Sligo/Leitrim Fine Gael Deputy Tony McLoughlin says the Taoiseach’s visit will include a public meeting in the Sligo Park Hotel to be attended by those affected or concerned about Brexit.

Mr Flanagan acknowledged that dealing with Brexit will not be easy, adding that it has already created challenges:


The Taoiseach will meet the British Prime Minister to discuss Brexit when Theresa May visits Dublin later today.

But the meeting could be overshadowed over US President Donald’s Trumps new immigration controls.


It’s Theresa May’s first visit to Dublin since she became British Prime Minister and follows on from Enda Kenny’s meeting with Theresa May in Downing Street last year.

They’ve spoken in recent weeks on the phone to discuss the crisis in Northern Ireland and that issue will be up for discussion today.

It’s the first meeting between the two since Mrs May outlined her intentions to opt for a hard Brexit.

And so the main focus of their talks will be how they can maintain the common travel area and no return to a hard border between North and South with the UK outside the single market, customs union and curbing immigration.

But after a weekend where Donald Trump initiated a new immigration policy which will be an effective ban on Muslims, both leaders know that could be the only topic of questioning from reporters when they face the media this evening.