Elections 2019

EU candidate says borders and four-hour daily treks for Louth people not acceptable

Brendan Smith TD seeks EU support to improve access to and from Louth

Donard McCabe

Reporter:

Donard McCabe

Brendan Smith TD said he will fight to make sure the EU builds into any Brexit agreement sufficient supports to allow border counties, like Co Louth, to have easy access to Northern Ireland and to Dublin for its citizens

The Fianna Fail Midlands-North-West constituency candidate in the EU Parliament elections said that it was not acceptable to have counties, like Louth, locked in by borders to the North and Dublin traffic to the south.  

“Funds must be found to improve access to and from the county. As your MEP I will not allow the borders return and I will seek European structural funds as part of any agreement to eliminate the daily four-hour trek hundreds of people from Co Louth make to and from their work in Dublin.

“This a strategic necessity. Proper access to the county means that Louth can attract new businesses and tourism and create sustainable jobs for its citizens,” he said.

Having lived all his life in a border county he has seen the damage and destruction of society that borders and commuting have caused in small towns and villages on both sides.

“I see young people with young families departing for work in Dublin at six in the morning and returning at seven in the evening. We need a better way of doing things. We need to have good access to this area North and South, so that we can attract more businesses to the county and create jobs here,” he said.

Brendan Smith said that as an MEP for the people in the region, he will be a voice in Europe to protect their livelihoods.  

“I want to be that voice for the young people, the senior citizens, the farmers and businesses as well as the local families in this area. Local, national and international communities can only prosper in a culture of co-operation and EU members and the UK have a responsibility to maintain this culture.

“Young people on both sides of the border from Donegal to Dundalk, have not and should not experience the depth of division and disruption of community lives that we had to live with prior to the Good Friday Agreement,” he said.