European Union

  • The British government believe efforts to avoid a hard border in Ireland would be "unsustainable" in the event of a 'No Deal' Brexit.

    The revelation comes in what The Sunday Times describes as an unprecedented leak of official documents.

     

    The classified files set out the most likely - rather than worst case scenario.

    They show the UK government expects the return of a hard border to the island of Ireland.

    Senior officials there believe widespread checks will be necessary as current plans to avoid them will prove "unsustainable".

    The documents also show Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the EU without a transition deal.

    It comes as Boris Johnson will tell French and German leaders that there must be a new Brexit deal when he meets them next week.

    The British PM is heading to Berlin on Wednesday and Paris on Thursday ahead of a G7 summit of world leaders.

    However, the European Union has previously said it wouldn't renegotiate.

     

  • Dara Calleary joined us this morning to talk about the ongoing issue of car insurance premiums which are stretching people to breaking point and causing untold issues for businesses. With the European Union launching an investigation into alleged blocking by Irish insurance companies of cheaper European companies into the Irish market, the Fianna Fail TD told us what he believes the Government need to do to combat the problem. 

    In the midst of the conversation the FF Deputy Leader also revealed that he had received an email from a taxi driver who was charged over €10,000 in insurance for his wheelchair accessible taxi. Incredibly that wasn't even the most expensive insurance premium quote that we learned of during the show - Tommy talked to Irene whose 18 year old son was quoted a staggering €16,785.01 to get insurance on his 2004 Ford Fiesta! Listen back now to both interviews. 

  • The impact of a hard Brexit, together with the intention of the EU to further tax, high carbon economies, means that the case for the Irish government to fund the next phase of the Western Rail Corridor from Athenry to Claremorris has never been stronger. That’s the view of Charlestown based Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Murray.

    The councillor says there is now funding on the table from the EU and its up to a Dublin based government to secure it to deliver an essential rail freight service to and from the west of Ireland. It’s the intention of Europe to tax road freight off the roads generally and onto the railways in an effort to promote a low carbon economy, Gerry Murray insists.

    The Councillor has been speaking to Midwest Radio News about the need for action now on the delivery of essential infrastructure to this region.