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November 28, 2008

'Kildare's interests best served when Ireland at centre of EU' - Brady


Aine Brady and Minister Martin It is clear from a report by a Dáil Committee which examined the Lisbon Treaty referendum result that it is in Kildare’s best interest if Ireland continues to have a central role within the EU, according to Fianna Fáil TD Áine Brady.

“The report follows one of the most comprehensive reviews of Ireland’s relationship with its European partners. Seven weeks of hearings took pace with a various views being put forward on our future within the EU following the Lisbon result.”
“The conclusion that Ireland is best served by remaining at the centre of the Union is in line with a wide range of studies which show that people in Kildare and across the country have a very positive view of Europe.”
“However, it is clear that there is an information gap in explaining the workings of the Union and the positive benefits it has had on the lives of Kildare people. We must now work to bridge that gap.”
“The unprecedented events which have impacted on the global economy in recent weeks have underlined the need for a strong EU and for a Europe-wide response to the crisis.”
“It is in the best interests of business in Kildare to continue to have open access to one of the largest markets in the world. Our EU membership has delivered jobs into our communities, and will continue to do so.”
“My colleague the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin has assured me that the report will now form part of the Government’s overall response to the issues highlighted by the Lisbon vote.”
“The Government will now continue its deliberations on how we can move forward to ensure that Ireland’s role within the EU is protected and that we can continue delivering for communities in Kildare,” concluded Deputy Brady.