Taoiseach rules out appointing a 'Brexit Minister'

Enda Kenny said he will be leading the response to Brexit personally

Taoiseach rules out appointing a 'Brexit Minister'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at the launch of Enterprise Ireland International Markets Week in the RDS, Dublin | Image: RollingNews.ie

The Taoiseach has once again ruled out appointing a special Brexit Minister to deal with the fallout from the UKs decision to leave the EU.

Enda Kenny said the issue is too important to limit to one department and said he will be leading the response himself.

He said Brexit preparations are set to intensify in the coming weeks with “every single minister” acting as a Brexit minister.

Mr Kenny’s comments come after the Minister for Transport Shane Ross suggested a specialised minister might be a good idea – although it hadn’t been discussed.

The Taoiseach said he does not agree:

Yesterday Mr Kenny told the Dáil there is no deal in place to strengthen border restrictions around the island of Ireland in order to avoid a return to a “hard border” with the North.

Mr Kenny said there is no agreement “because we don’t know yet what the British government are actually looking for here.”

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said the Irish government needs to get "our own house in order" in response to the fallout.

"It is vital that the Irish Government has an informed strategy on how our national interests are protected and this means having an all-island vision," he said.

"I cannot say often enough that what we need is a 32 county vision of the future."

An all-island Brexit forum, attended by 300 people is due to take place in Dublin next week.