Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Monday, 14 June 2021

Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union

Impact of Brexit on the Food and Drink Industry: Discussion

Photo of Timmy DooleyTimmy Dooley (Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I thank the witnesses for the three presentations. They are certainly helpful to us. I have a couple of points for Dr. Johnston. He referred to the Northern Ireland protocol and said it was not perfect. Is there anything else he would like to say about the protocol or any aspect of it we might address? While it might not directly relate to the subject matter today, is there anything further he might have?

Mr. Mulvihill and Mr. Lavelle made it clear there is a serious issue here. Would they agree that if we saw more teasing out of issues like this, it might be easier to move away from the rhetoric associated with the Border, or where the border exists at the moment in terms of trade, whether it be the Irish Sea or elsewhere? I thought I had followed things reasonably well but I had missed this particular aspect until Senator Lombard had talked to us about it. Perhaps the witnesses would comment on that, please.


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