Meeting with British MPs highlights importance of trade

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, Robert Troy TD, has met with British MPs Sir Henry Bellingham and Chris Grayling, to discuss trade links between Ireland and the UK in the context of Brexit.

Deputy Troy and Wexford TD, James Browne also discussed the ownership of Rosslare Europort, which has been a cause of concern for some time. Rosslare Europort was established under the Rosslare Fishguard Harbours Company in 1898 by UK statutory instrument and as such only the UK can amend that.

Deputy Troy explained, “We had very detailed discussions with Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, and Sir Bellingham. It’s important to remember while we’re in the shadow of Brexit, the important relationship we have with our nearest neighbour and closest trading partner.

“When discussing the issue of Rosslare Europort, Secretary Grayling gave a commitment to investigate the complex nature of its ownership and said he could see no reason why Rosslare and Fishguard cannot be decoupled.

“I find it astounding that it took only one visit from two opposition TD’s to get this commitment. It would make me question whether or not Minister Ross made any effort whatsoever to address this matter, even after it has been raised with him on numerous occasions in the Dáil.

“The complications surrounding the ownership of Rosslare Europort has acted as a deterrent for development and has been a factor in the lack of investment seen there in recent years. It’s the State’s second-busiest port and handles 130,000 road freight units a year, the majority of which goes into and out of the United Kingdom.

“I will continue to work with Secretary Grayling and Sir Bellingham so that the issues surrounding its ownership are resolved and for the betterment of our trade links between our two countries”, he concluded.