MacSharry ‘stunned’

‘Future of UK in jeopardy.’

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North-West TD Marc MacSharry is “absolutely stunned” that the UK has decided to pull out of the EU.

He claims, “It really puts their future as a nation in its current form in jeopardy.”

His father Ray says “the biggest issue will be the value of sterling and how the new border situation might evolve.”

Meanwhile, Fianna Fail Leader Michael Martin has been focusing on gay rights, saying the campaign for equality is unfinished “while citizens in the North are denied the same marriage rights as those in the Republic.”

Ireland gearing up for service in German-led EU battle group

Key objective ‘development of EUs Common Security and Defence Policy.’

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IrishThe Taoiseach and Minister for Defence Enda Kenny has tabled a motion that “Dáil Éireann approves Ireland’s accession to the Memorandum of Understanding concerning the principles for the establishment and operation of a Battlegroup to be made available to the European Union in the second half of the year 2016.”

TankDeputy Simon Coveney told the Dail in October that the ambition of the EU is to be able to respond rapidly to emerging crises.

“This is a key objective in the continued development of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy.”

He said, “In the Headline Goal 2010, the EU set itself the objective of being able “to respond with rapid and decisive action applying a fully coherent approach to the whole spectrum of crisis management operations covered by the Treaty on the European Union. This is a mouthful but it is eurospeak for saying that we need to have the capacity to respond to a crisis if and when it happens.

Ambulance“A key element of the Headline Goal 2010 is the capability to deploy forces at high readiness, broadly based on the battle groups concept.”

Sinn Féin and Independent TDs opposed the State signing a memorandum of understanding on the principles surrounding the start-up and operation of the battle group, contending that it compromised Ireland’s neutrality.

It understood upwards of 200 Irish military personnel are to be deployed in the German-led battlegroup in which Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg and the Netherlands are involved.


Sean Ó Fearghaíl for Fianna Fail said his party supported the battle group and rejected “any assertion that taking part in battle groups undermines our neutrality.”


‘EU pursuing a similar goal to Hitler in trying to create powerful superstate’

‘Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically’

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According to a recent Irish poll, 76% of the respondents said Britain should remain in the European Union.

However, this is what leading British political figures have to say on the issue.

Brexit 1In an interview with the Telegraph, former Mayor of London Boris Johnson reportedly warned that the EU “is pursuing a similar goal to Hitler in trying to create a powerful superstate.”

He is reported as saying: “While bureaucrats in Brussels are using ‘different methods’ from the Nazi dictator, they share the aim of unifying Europe under one ‘authority’

“But the EU’s ‘disastrous’ failures have fuelled tensions between member states and allowed Germany to grow in power, ‘take over’ the Italian economy and ‘destroy’ Greece…

“Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically. The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods.”

A decision of the European Court of Justice that non-EU nationals entering the UK cannot be imprisoned is cited as yet another reason for UK withdrawal from the EU.

UKIP Migration spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP said “This judgement blows a hole in Cameron’s argument that the EU makes us more secure. Only Brexit gives us control of who comes here and whether they can be deported at a time of our choosing.

“To sum up – the euro court rules non-EU nationals illegally entering UK cannot be imprisoned. It is insanity to leave it up to the migrants whether they should leave promptly or not.

“Due to our EU membership, being outside Schengen makes no difference when it comes to deporting those illegally entering the UK.

“This ECJ judgement shows that as an EU member, the UK cannot properly protect its borders and its people.

“Only by leaving and EU and the jurisdiction of the ECJ, can we regain control and improve our security.”

UKIP’s Small Business Spokesman has backed more than 200 bosses of firms who have signed an open letter urging Britain to leave the EU. East Midlands MEP Margot Parker said the letter – which urges people to vote for ‘Brexit’ – proves the strength of feeling among small business owners, who are sick of being entangled in EU red tape.

She said: “I was delighted to see the open letter published by small business owners – even more so when seeing the signatories came from a variety of sectors and industries. I know from speaking to small business owners all over the country how much of a burden EU over-regulation is to them. The needless extra administration, which can cost small businesses up to ten time as much per employee as it does a big company,

stifles growth, discourages innovation and stops them expanding and creating jobs.

“Only about 10 per cent of British businesses export to the EU but all have to comply with what the EU says. Free from the EU our small businesses, which are the back bone of the British economy, would be free to thrive

“Small business owners are frankly sick and tired of being wrapped in unnecessary rules and regulations imposed on them by the EU. This letter proves just how they feel – the strength of feeling among our entrepreneurs is growing day-by-day.

“They are quite right to say people should not listen to a ‘minority of managers from Britain’s largest companies’ who want to stay in the EU. Small business owners are the lifeblood of local communities – but they need flexibility and they need to be free of the shackles which add to their costs and time.

“Many small businesses occupy positions in the supply chains of heavy industry, and they have been hit hard by the decimation of our industrial sector thanks to EU environmental regulations forcing the jobs to move to countries without such heavy-handed limitations.

“I fully expect to see many such letters, signed by more and more small business owners, in the coming weeks as more and more people realise just how pervasive the EU is and what a negative effect it has on their businesses.”

The Economists for Brexit is a group of eight independent, leading economists who are convinced of the strong economic case for leaving the EU. To date, debate on the economic merits of whether the UK should remain in the EU has become overwhelmed by the Government’s Project Fear campaign. Each of the eight economists have become exasperated by the scaremongering and often economic illiteracy of this campaign.

At the same time, the group believes that whilst there are a substantial number of economic arguments to support Brexit, they are yet to be made in public. The purpose of this group is to explain the vey clear economic arguments in favour of Brexit, offering voters – who are crying out for clarity on the economics of Brexit facts based on proven economic models, as opposed to speculation.
The group will seek to communicate over the coming weeks, through the media and at various events, the clear benefits that will be felt by the UK on leaving the EU. The campaign will hope to ensure that the voting public has a clear picture of arguments in favour of Brexit, based on proper economic research, fighting the speculation and hyperbole of the Project Fear campaign.
Summary of views:

Brexit will result in a better economic outcome than remaining in the EU. Economic forecasts (based on proven financial modelling by Patrick Minford) show that on leaving the EU:
Output grows 2%
Competitiveness rises 5%
Real disposable wages up 1.5%
Exchange rate falls 6%
Inflation and interest rates rise to 2-3% range
Current account improves to -1.5% of GDP
Unemployment reduced by 0.2% (75,000 on benefit count)
The UK does not need to do a trade deal to trade. It already trades extensively with many countries across the globe under the rules of the WTO and can continue to do so with EU countries in the future (in the same way that the US, Japan and China does). Leaving the EU will decrease prices and boost GDP.
The City of London will retain its role as the world’s leading financial centre outside of the EU.
The UK is a net contributor to the EU budget and those funds could be utilised far more efficiently elsewhere.

Farm bodies demand change in young farmer ‘reference years’ rules

‘No funds in national reserve.’

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Thousands of young farmers are being disadvantaged because of ‘reference year’ prohibitions on payments to the sector.


Those trained or otherwise qualified to farm should be entitled to receive financial aid from the national reserve. However, it’s claimed the national reserve doesn’t have the funding to extend the current regime to include qualified farmers at present denied entitlements or on a low quota.

The issue has been aired by, among several other public representatives, Leitrim TD Martin Kenny. Kenny has called on Agriculture Minister Creed to ‘find the money somewhere’ but hasn’t said where that could be. Farm bodies are taking a strong line on the matter with the Minister.