The Newry Junior Chamber welcomed Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D to their lunch event ‘Bordering on Brexit’ on Thursday 3rd October in the Canal Court Hotel.
Newry Junior Chamber organised the event for members and the surrounding businesses in light of the current talks on Brexit and to inform the Taoiseach of issues surrounding the members and the impact it will have to businesses on the border.
At the meeting, the Taoiseach said "I am delighted to be in Newry today to have the opportunity to speak with you and hear your views on Brexit. I understand the very particular issues that the UK referendum result raises for all border communities on this island. In Newry, there are real concerns about any future arrangements that might harden the border so I want to assure you today that I and my Government are doing our utmost to ensure that we maintain the free movement of goods, services and people across this island. In 2014 total cross border trade in manufacturing came to over 3 billion euro or just under 2.5 billion pounds. That is a 7.1 per cent increase on the total cross-border goods trade in 2013 and I want to see this trend continuing. I would like to commend the great work the Newry Junior Chamber are carrying out as they contribute to enhancing their local business community". .
The event was well attended by businesses across the Newry and surrounding areas. Speaking at the event, Nicole Curran, President of Newry Junior Chamber said “I would like to extend my gratitude to the Taoiseach for taking time out of his no doubt jam packed schedule to attend our event. I am grateful that he has recognised the importance of speaking to the Newry business community who work continually to ensure that the correct decisions are being made for the Island as a whole following the UK Referendum Result and consequential times of uncertainty. The Newry Junior Chamber established in 2002 has in recent years gone from strength to strength. It recognises the need to encourage and promote personal and business development and also a platform for proactive local businesses and entrepreneurs to share knowledge and engage with likeminded individuals who are always seeking ways to develop the area and local business community. We as a Chamber have an All Island outlook economically and we want to ensure that throughout the Brexit process it remains positive and grows”.
On the day, guests also heard from Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council who thanked the Taoiseach for attending and presented a gift as a token of appreciation. Gillian also commended the work of the Newry Junior Chamber and the work they are doing for local businesses in the area.
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