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‘More to come’ says Irish politician as Wales is bypassed with Irish-French sea routes

24 Nov 2021 2 minutes Read
Map of Irish-EU shipping routes. Irish Foreign Ministry

A prominent Irish politician has said there is “more to come” amid Wales being increasingly bypassed by Irish-French sea connections.

In a post on his social media, Neale Richmond, a Teachta Dala and spokesperson on European Affairs for the Fine Gael party, posted a picture showing ferry routes from Ireland to the continent which are bypassing the UK.

Richmond said: “Powerful visual from Ireland’s development office of the ever-growing state of direct shipping to our largest market, continental Europe, post-Brexit. More to come…”

Irish-French sea connections reached 44 in October with a new terminal in the ferry port of Dunkirk. It is part of a post Brexit move to avoid the UK land bridge through Holyhead. Ireland-France sea routes have risen from 12 before the UK left the European Union to 44 now.

The UK land bridge through Holyhead is now associated with delays and customs formalities and the importance of Dunkirk has become the latest outworking of Brexit and reflects the growing need for direct sea routes from Ireland to the continent.

‘Diversion of trade’ 

The Irish Foreign Minister, Simon Coveney has previously said that diversion of trade from Ireland away from Wales is a “consequence of Brexit”.

He told PA news agency: “It was primarily focused on looking to the future and not allowing the frustrations of Brexit, or the barriers that Brexit create, to undermine the core relationship across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland.”

One the diversion of trade away from Wales, he said: “This is unfortunately part of the disruption of Brexit. I don’t think that there’s anyone in Wales that is blaming Ireland for that. But I think many are certainly questioning the consequences of Brexit.”

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David Smith
David Smith
10 days ago

bUt wE tOoK oUr cOuNtRy BaCk!

Termin8r
Termin8r
10 days ago
Reply to  David Smith

Yep. You took it back to 1970.

Philip Jones
Philip Jones
10 days ago

I expect the ferry companies to expand on this trade to, perhaps, encourage car-bourne tourists turning the journey into a mini cruise like Brittany Ferries do to St Malo and northern Spain. Lucky Ireland !

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
10 days ago

Ireland has got to do what its got to do. They owe the British sh1t all after the damage they did to Ireland. Our ports will suffer, but on the other hand that means less traffic on our roads, less pollution and a massive bloody nose for the English government and far right supporters who brought this on themselves. I can’t be pissed off with the Irish because this is what I would expect our government to do if we were in their position. Why should Ireland lose out because the British had a brain fart?

Last edited 10 days ago by GW Atkinson
SundanceKid
SundanceKid
9 days ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

I don’t blame them at all but they may also be doing us a favour in the long-run..

The increasing isolation of Britain, along with increasing resentment in Wales towards the British Government, might encourage us to forge our own path 😏

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
10 days ago

Welsh Brexiteers only have themselves to blame. The Irish are just doing what’s in their own best interest, unlike Welsh Brexiteers that is , who put England interests first over Wales. 😤

Last edited 10 days ago by Y Cymro
john Sheehan
john Sheehan
10 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Hi there – we love the Welsh – great rugby players, great singers and – like us, have long suffered discrimination by the English.

As others have said – we don’t want this – we didn’t want Brexit, which hurts our economy and cuts us off from our main markets – but it is the only way we can survive.

Don’t believe the haters – you are most welcome here (and we will beat you again in rugby)!

Crwtyn Cemais
Crwtyn Cemais
10 days ago
Reply to  john Sheehan

Diolch, John

john Sheehan
john Sheehan
10 days ago
Reply to  Crwtyn Cemais

Maith agat!

James Perrin
James Perrin
10 days ago

Remember Y Fro Gymreig didn’t vote for Brexit. The part of Wales that did is the one where the angloid incomers are the majority.

Paul Reynolds
10 days ago
Reply to  James Perrin

Oh yeah. Blaenau Gwent is full of them.

The English if anywhere they are in Ceredigion and Gwynedd. That is what you are all complaining about.

Johnny Gamble
Johnny Gamble
9 days ago
Reply to  James Perrin

As didn’t The Most Cymric parts Monmouthshire and The Vale of Glamorgan vote for Brexit!!!

Last edited 9 days ago by Johnny Gamble
Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
9 days ago
Reply to  James Perrin

I’m willing to accept that the Brexit vote was swung by incomers, James, but they were backed up by a large number of Welsh voters, especially outside the Bro.

P MUL
P MUL
9 days ago

You can blame Piri Pratel for this mess. She was the one who brought up cutting off food supplies to Ireland as a negotiation tactic. It’s coming up on the third year anniversary of that statement. Which resulted in all these routes being created. It was a pretty moronic statement, as Ireland is ranked as one of the most food secure nations on the planet. It was however a threat that the Irish government could not ignore, and it was in there interest to remove that tactic from the playing field.

Anne Wareham
Anne Wareham
9 days ago

Great relief on our roads.

Quornby
Quornby
9 days ago

O joy my local Tesco have “got Brexit done”. “Easy peasy”, said the manager….. He just emptied half his shelves…. Lovely pictures where the fruit and veg used to be.

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