Opening Bell: Irish beef farmers hail Turkey deal, Iseq suffers ahead of Brexit, Apple to bring Siri to everyone

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny has argued that the Brexit referendum is the biggest decision for Ireland since the Good Friday Agreement.

Speaking in Belfast, the Taoiseach warned that a Brexit would see the return of a “hard border” between the Republic and Northern Ireland.

He said a British vote to leave the EU would create instability and uncertainty on the island, and would be a “regrettable and backward step for North-South trade and cooperation.”

Kenny is set to join British Prime Minister David Cameron in Manchester to campaign for a 'Remain' vote. He will also visit Liverpool and Glasgow.


Irish shares have suffered their worst drop in four months, with companies most exposed to a Brexit among the worst hit.

Following a steep decline on Friday, the Iseq fell as much as 2.17% during Monday trading.

Bank of Ireland, C&C and Irish Continental Group fared particularly poorly, as polls suggest the outcome of the UK’s referendum is too close to call.

The broader European market is also struggling, as investors brace for the Federal Reserve’s decision on interest rates this week and Spain’s general election on June 26th.


Turkey has given the go-ahead for live cattle imports from Ireland.

The news will come as a relief to Irish beef farmers who feared that no live export openings would materialise this year.

A boom in national herd numbers meant the extra 80,000 head of cattle had threatened to collapse prices this autumn.

Farmers have praised the Department of Agriculture for securing a health certificate within three months of first approaching Turkish officials.


Apple has unveiled its plans to have us talk to our electronics, Star Trek-style.
At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, the company confirmed that its Siri voice control is being added to Mac computers.

Any company that wants to use the technology within their products can now do so.

A new 'Home' app on the iPhone will allow people to control their household appliances.

Other new features include transcription of voice messages into text, so users don't have to call their voicemail.