Irish politicians have been asked to remember the legacy of the Republic of Ireland and its people who have fought to defend the land.
Speaking ahead of the Dáil’s annual debate on Ireland’s Brexit negotiations, the Taoiseach also outlined a vision for the country in the coming years.
“Ireland has always been a country built on loving the other and we’ve always had to reckon with that,” he said.
“We’ve never had the luxury of being the first country to leave and we’re going to have to work for the rest of the world.”
I don’t think we can be complacent about what we do.
We have to make sure we’re doing things right, because we’ve never been able to.””
We are not going to leave this world alone, we’re not going be a one-trick pony,” he added.’
I don.t. want to leave’Taoiseach says we need to make the best of our time and that the Brexit process will take time Source: RTÉ News website/Press Association Ireland’s first female Prime Minister says she wants to see the country remain in the EU but that there’s a “big difference” between a Brexit and the current process.
Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Frances Fitzgerald said she would continue to work to secure a good Brexit deal for the Republic.”
As I’ve said before, I don’t want to be a part of a Brexit process that’s not going well.
I don.s.t want to have a situation where Ireland is leaving, that we’re getting out of the European Union, and we get a new system of governance,” she said.
The Taoiseak’s comments come after she was asked by Sinn Féin if she wanted to be in a “one-tricky pony” of Brexit negotiations.”
No, I’m not in that position, but I am in the position of negotiating Brexit in good faith and not to leave the EU,” she replied.
The Brexit process has been the subject of debate on the island of Ireland for the last decade, with a number of ministers from both parties having been in office since 2005.
On Monday, Taoiseas deputy leader and leader of Fine Gael Frances Fitzgerald told TheJournal.ie that she would not seek to become Taoiseacre if the party were to lose the next election.”
On the same day, the leader of the Sinn Fëin party, Gerry Adams, was asked if he was happy with the way things have gone in the Brexit negotiations so far.””
That’s a big part of the job of Taoisea.”
On the same day, the leader of the Sinn Fëin party, Gerry Adams, was asked if he was happy with the way things have gone in the Brexit negotiations so far.
“You’re right, I think we’ve done a good job,” he replied.
“What I’d like to see, if we can get it through the Dail, is a good relationship with the European Parliament.
I’m hoping we can have a positive result.”
The Taois position on Brexit has also been questioned on other fronts, with Sinn FÉin’s Micheál Martin having suggested the Government should allow Northern Ireland to continue to be part of its single market.
“It’s a really complicated question.
It’s really complex.
I think you’ve got to be very careful with that because you’re talking about an area where it’s difficult to talk about.
But I think the EU have made a lot of progress,” he told RTÉ One’s The World at One.”
But I think it’s a difficult question.
If you’re going in, you’re looking at the UK.
You’re talking to the UK government.
They’re talking in the same direction as the Irish government.”
The Irish government want to do everything in their power to keep the Irish-UK relationship alive.
“Mr Martin said that Ireland’s position on the issue of Brexit was “absolutely” a subject for discussion, but said it would be up to the people of Northern Ireland.”
People can make up their own minds,” he explained.”
They can decide for themselves whether they want to remain in that relationship or not.
If they’re for it, then I would support that.”‘
We’re going through the tough times’In the past, the Irish Government has also spoken out against Brexit and called for a united Ireland.
In January 2017, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan told the Irish Parliament that “the Government is not prepared to make any further concessions” on the terms of Brexit, and that a “strong Irish Government” was needed to help stabilise the country.”
That is why, in the context of Brexit and when the UK is preparing to leave, I believe that the Government is going through a very tough time.
“This is not a time for concessions, this is a time to work together,” he continued.