Dail row erupts over rural Brexit funding

A row has broken out in the Dail between a Sligo Leitrim TD and the Minister for Rural and Community Affairs over funding for border areas post-Brexit.


Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny had been calling for an all-Government plan to seek EU funding for small businesses and communities in particular in border areas when the clash occurred.


Mr Kenny had complained that Border communities and businesses “don’t have the resources or capacity to build for the future” and he rejected Mr Ring’s assertion that his department was preparing for all Brexit scenarios by showing “maximum flexibility” on funding.




Minister for Rural and Community Affairs Michael Ring hit out at Deputy Kenny accusing him of “taking the Queen’s shilling” but failing to represent Ireland in Westminster.