Councillor says Donegal should get special Brexit status

A Donegal councillor is calling for the county to be given special status because of Brexit.

It follows comments by the council’s chief executive that Brexit is likely to have more impact on Donegal than any other council area.

Seamus Neely is making his comments in the council’s draft revenue budget for the coming year, which is being considered by Donegal councillors today.

Mr Neely points out that about 95% of Donegal’s land boundary is with Northern Ireland.

And he has also highlighted what he describes as the ’embedded nature’ of the cross-border economy and communities.

Ballyshannon-based Fine Gael Councillor Barry O Neill says Donegal is a special case:

Meanwhile, Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council are working to lessen the impact of Brexit, their most recent effort having been a trade and investment mission to Philadelphia and Boston.

Gary Martin, Donegal County Council’s director of economic development and global engagement, says they want to capitalise on the opportunities: