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Government Brexit Update                
Wednesday 15 March

This email alert service outlines the latest Irish Government developments on the UK's decision to leave the EU. This service will issue regular updates on a variety of information regarding Brexit.   

Brexit: Ireland's priorities

The decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union presents unprecedented political, economic and diplomatic challenges for Ireland.  Those challenges extend right across the policy spectrum. 

This information booklet, Brexit: Ireland's Priorities, published today outlines the Irish Government's main priorities and concerns ahead of the Brexit negotiations. 

This booklet has been produced in advance of the triggering of Article 50 and coincide ministerial travel programme for St Patrick's Day. More detailed negotiation priorities will follow after the triggering of Article 50 by the UK.  

Read 'Brexit: Ireland's Priorities' here

Report on the second All-Island Civic Dialogue

The second plenary meeting of the All-Island Civic Dialogue, hosted by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan took place in Dublin Castle on Friday 17 February.

Attended by up to 500 representatives of civil society groups, trade unions, business groups, non-governmental organisations and political parties from across the island of Ireland, it provided a valuable opportunity to engage directly on the implications of Brexit for the people of the island. 

Read the report on the second plenary here.

Read the compendium report for the All-Island Civic Dialogue here

Latest Brexit engagements

Taoiseach in Brussels for European Council. Taoiseach Enda Kenny was in Brussels last week for a meeting of the European Council. During this visit, the Taoiseach had a bilateral meeting with UK Prime Minister May. The Taoiseach spoke to the media following the Council which you can watch back here

Minister Flanagan meets with Luxembourg Foreign Minister. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan welcomed Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister, Jean Asselborn to Dublin on Friday for a bilateral meeting on Brexit. Following their meeting, they travelled to the border region to see at first hand the implications of Brexit for local businesses and border communities.

Minister for European Affairs meets Belgian Deputy Prime Minister. Minister of State for European Affairs, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Dara Murphy met with Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Digital Agenda, Alexander De Croo last week in Brussels. Advancing the EU Digital Single Market and Brexit was among the topics discussed at their meeting. 

St.Patrick's Day Ministerial travel programme. The Taoiseach, Tánaiste and 27 Ministers are currently taking part in over 100 business events and high-level political meetings in 27 countries as part of the Government's programme of international events for St. Patrick's Day. The programme is a key opportunity to promote Ireland as a place for international investment and an opportunity where relevant to discuss our Brexit priorities. 

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Brexit Resources                      

For further information on Brexit: 

Taoiseach's keynote address on Brexit (
Your Questions on Brexit answered (
Latest Brexit reports & analysis related to Ireland (
Latest speeches and statements (
Information on Government consultations (
Brexit - Ireland and the UK in numbers (Irish Central Statistics Office)
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