Separate Anglo-Irish trade deal a "pipe dream"

Separate Anglo-Irish trade deal a “pipe dream”

Ireland gets a hearing among most European states on maintaining the Common Travel Area with Britain, but any talk of a separate trade deal is dismissed as a pipe dream, the Irish Times writes. Officials in Foreign Affairs operate with two…

Almac secures single market access via Dundalk

Almac secures single market access via Dundalk

Craigavon-based pharmaceuticals group Almac is to make a “multi-million-pound” investment in an IDA facility in Dundalk which will employ 100 people. The company did not explicitly say the move was intended to secure its place within the EU single market,…

Brexit's impact on the Game of Throne's industry

Brexit’s impact on the Game of Throne’s industry

Creative industries are a hugely important global growth area. It is not all “Game of Thrones” though that has helped focus attention on the industry, particularly in Northern Ireland where government has identified innovation, R&D and creativity as key economic…

No trade talks before UK exit

RTÉ  reported this week that the government has been involved in “technical discussions” with London and Brussels on how to minimise the need for customs checks on the island of Ireland once Britain leaves the EU. That clearly did not…

Frontline Project: Dundalk to Letterkenny in 50 interviews

Brexit Border Blog is part-way through a unique project in the border counties of the Republic. From Dundalk to Letterkenny we are talking to companies, business groups and communities in the front line about the impact Brexit is having on…

IoD - Northern Ireland will be the litmus test for Brexit.

IoD – Northern Ireland will be the litmus test for Brexit.

The IoD has called it The Irish Question  . Throughout this comprehensive report, authored by Seamus Nevin, are raised potential implications of Brexit but particularly how they are amplified across the Irish border.  It highlights  the extent to which some businesses…

European Movement Ireland - Brexit Blog is an "important initiative"

European Movement Ireland – Brexit Blog is an “important initiative”

We are inviting guest articles on the issue of Brexit and its implications.  The European Movement Ireland’s Executive Director Noelle O’Connell writes – “Brexit is bigger than all of us and will require a concerted approach.” “The Ireland I now…

We're Live - the Brexit Border Blog

We’re Live – the Brexit Border Blog

Today we are going live with the Brexit Border Blog which has been operating in pilot form since the beginning of November, publishing independent facts, analysis and news on the impact of Brexit on the island of Ireland. Brexit’s impact…

Brexit - not since wartime has the strategic agenda for Ireland been so complex.

Brexit – not since wartime has the strategic agenda for Ireland been so complex.

So packed is the Institute for International and European Affairs Brexit Status Report , published six months after the vote, its difficult to know where to start but one thing does jump out and that is that the much talked about two…

Cost of Irish retail distribution to rise

Cost of Irish retail distribution to rise

Economist John FitzGerald is thinking in his pyjamas again, going back to the theme of the very first story we ran on BBB back at the beginning of November. In his Irish Times column today he points out that the…