Doherty hosts EU membership seminar in Strabane
Published: 18 November, 2014
Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty this week hosted a seminar in Strabane on the possible impact on Ireland of Britain leaving the EU.
Speaking after the event the West Tyrone MP said,
"We made history in Strabane as this was the first public discussion we are aware of that has taken place in Ireland regarding the EU membership referendum. The North of Ireland has benefitted hugely from membership of the European Union over many years.
We see those benefits on a daily basis both in the North and on a north-south basis right across the island.
Now we have a situation where the British government has committed to holding a referendum on membership of the EU. No-one knows exactly what a British government withdrawal from Europe would mean.
For us in the north of Ireland, and particularly those who live and work in the border counties north and south, any change in our membership of the EU would have drastic consequences. These have the potential to stifle the progress and development of this region.
This is a hugely important issue. I want to thank Martina Anderson MEP, Ruth Tallion from the Centre for Cross Border Studies and John Friel from the Federation of Small Businesses for speaking at the event."