By Dan Walsh
The Oireachtas has published a report (yesterday) on the impact of Brexit and makes 53 recommendations in a range of areas about how Ireland can be best placed to address the ongoing repercussions of the decision of the UK to leave the European Union.
Senator Malcolm Byrne was one of the twelve members of the committee, and the sole member from Wexford, that spent the last eight months in detailed discussions with a range of stakeholders in this significant piece of work.
Senator Byrne told WexfordLocal.com; “We engaged with Rosslare Europort and haulage companies and the effects on our freight traffic. But we also considered the impact of Brexit on so many other aspects of our lives – education and training and recognition of qualifications; managing data held in different jurisdictions; the impact on importing and exporting of food and drink, and, of course, the ongoing political ramifications.
“One big issue that I highlighted before has been the impact of Brexit on the price of certain goods, including flour, which is incredibly significant for Co. Wexford, not just because of the bakeries located here but also planned development of a mill in the county.
“Brexit continues to have profound implications for Wexford. I am immensely proud that I was able to ensure a specific recommendation about Rosslare Europort as well as on digitising paperwork to speed up movement at the ports as well as looking for greater support for businesses negativey impacted by the Rules of Origin (including flour).
The Wexford related recommendations that may be of interest includes a Specific Recommendation on Page 43 that reads as follows;
“The Committee recommends the expansion of Rosslare Europort and the new direct routes from continental Europe and is of the view that, following the recent demand-led transformation of the port, the port continues to be developed and that further resources be allocated to facilitate further necessary routes/sailings. Further development of the port will alleviate pressure on Dublin Port and congestion on surrounding motorways such as the M50. To facilitate this expansion, the Committee recommends that the motorway and link road to Rosslare be completed without delay to improve connectivity with Rosslare port.”