LOUTH Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick has welcomed the breakthrough in the Brexit talks.
In a statement issued to the Dundalk Democrat Deputy Fitzpatrick said that the breakthrough in the Brexit talks is "great news for County Louth, and the whole border region".
“The prospect of border posts returning to the N1 is something no one wanted to see. I am very pleased with the outcome of Phase 1 of the talks. I think that Ireland has achieved all that it could at this juncture," said Mr Fitzpatrick.
“Our Government has been alive to the dangers posed by a hard Brexit since before the referendum and we have been crystal clear in what we want.
“Our EU partners have also worked very hard on this issues that concern the Irish people. People and goods will continue to move between Dundalk and Newry unhindered."
He added: “Further funding from the EU to help the border region will continue through Peace funding. This will now continue until 2021 with a commitment to examining it further.
“The most important outcome of these talks is that the principles of the Good Friday Agreement are upheld. The Agreement has been the basis of peace and economic resurgence enjoyed by the border region for the last 20 years.
“There are still further negotiations to take place but now the border question has been resolved we should be able to look to the future with renewed confidence."