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Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to attend Brexit conference in Letterkenny

Former deputy Niall Blaney said discussing the issue of Brexit is vital

Michelle NicPhaidin

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The Late Harry Blaney with his wife Margaret, son Niall and Bertie Ahern.

The former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern will be attendance at a Brexit meeting which will be held in the Silver Tassie Hotel, Letterkenny next Friday, February 23rd, at 7pm.
The conference on Brexit is being organised by the former deputy Niall Blaney.
Also present at the meeting will be the Fianna Fáil spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Darragh O'Brien.
Mr. Blaney said he hopes members of all sectors will be present at the meeting where Mr. Ahern and O'Brien will be guest speakers.
“I hope that people from farming, fishing and all sectors of society will be present at the conference,” he said.
The public are urged to attend the meeting and ask questions.

Hopeful of a lively debate

Mr Blaney is stressing that while the event is being organised in conjunction with the Donegal Fianna Fáil Comhairle Ceanntair, it is not a political event. 
He said he feels there has not been enough debate in relation to the issue of Brexit as of yet.
He said the current situation with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin in the north dictated that the issue must be revisited by the people of Donegal.

Talks crash

The DUP-Sinn Féin talks crashed on Wednesday evening after Arlene Foster issued a statement saying that differences over the Irish language could not be resolved.
Ms. Foster said any agreement to restore the Executive must be on a sensible basis.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said in a statement: “I very much regret the statement from the DUP. Power sharing and working together are the only way forward for Northern Ireland.
“We cannot and will not be held to ransom by those who have refused to form an Executive for over 13 months.”
Mr. Blaney described the situation in the north as “very worrying” and said the issue is one that needs to be discussed at length in Donegal.