300 million to none?

300 million to none?

A number of thoughts occur following the recent announcement by the Irish Government of a 300 million euro Brexit loan scheme for Irish business.  The loans, backed by the European Investment Fund, are for future working capital requirements to fund…

Smart or not?

Smart or not?

Compare the present Irish border with what is outlined in the the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee’s  Smart Border 2.0 report and its clear that a future border arrangement, with or without a political agreement, will be anything but frictionless. Commissioned by…

Time not certainty

Time not certainty

Here is the text of the agreement between the EU and UK  following the St Patrick’s weekend negotiations.  On Ireland, the UK confirmed it would accept the “backstop” solution of aligning with EU regulations to prevent a hard border with the…

Lines are now drawn.

Here is the full text of the European Parliament withdrawal agreement and already it is clear that it will produce a defining point in these negotiations opening as it does the prospect of Northern Ireland remaining within the customs union and single…

Who will say - “We shall not be removed” from Europe!

Who will say – “We shall not be removed” from Europe!

There is no political mandate to change the status of Northern Ireland by taking it out of the EU. So where are the calls for peaceful democratic resistance to defeat this ‘monstrous conspiracy?’ Exiting will take with it rights and…

A showdown of historic proportions

A showdown of historic proportions

For a background on Ireland’s recent upping of the ante on Brexit then Tony Connelly’s comment piece on RTE is a must read. In it he outlines how and why Ireland upped the ante – a combination of emerging consensus…

It is Ireland that will suffer most in a Brexit no deal

It is Ireland that will suffer most in a Brexit no deal

Whether it is hard ball or reality the potential of a no deal has entered the conversation.  The former governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus in this piece for “The Conversation” reflects on the potential outcome of a no…

THE IRISH BORDER QUESTION

THE IRISH BORDER QUESTION

Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has put an untagged coach and horses through the potential for electronic tagging along the border post Brexit saying – it will not work.  His comments come as the border issue dominates in this…

Put simply - "Brexit is a bad thing"

Put simply – “Brexit is a bad thing”

For aviation – new agreements on flights ahead of Brexit. For energy – a French Irish interconnector.  For business – relaxation of rules to allow support post Brexit.  These are just a few of the proposals in the Seanad’s Special…

ESRI (2) Energy and climate policies need Brexit-proofing

Ireland has had an all-island single electricity market (SEM) since 2007, which is part of the wider EU Internal Market for Electricity, as is the electricity market in Britain. According to the Economic and Social Research Institute in a new…