‘Brexit won’t be a barrier to reconciliation in Ireland’ – von der Leyen

Brexit won’t be a barrier to reconciliation in Ireland, according to the European Commission president.

Ursula von der Leyen has been addressing a joint sitting of the Dáil and Seanad to mark 50 years since Ireland joined the EU.

The commission president said there would be no return to a hard border in Ireland – and praised the peace process which has replaced checkpoints with community projects:

 

Well, speaking in the Dail a short time ago, Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle believes joining the EU was the start of the decline of the fishing sector in Ireland among a number of other things:

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