Co-operation Ireland CEO Peter Sheridan accompanied then Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis on a tour of the border this morning, Monday, April 23, 2018.
Mr Sheridan travelled with Mr Davis to Middletown in County Armagh where he viewed disused customs infrastructure at the nearby Foyduff border crossing into County Monaghan.
Speaking after the tour, Peter Sheridan said: “Co-operation Ireland has taken a neutral position on the Brexit issue and the visit of Secretary of State Davis comes after we facilitated visits for a number of European and UK based politicians.
“Since the referendum result, we have assisted both the UK and Irish Governments in receiving delegations to the border area.
“In 2017 we accompanied European Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom Exiting the European Union Michel Barnier on his visit to County Monaghan.
“In December, we brought the Exiting the European Union Select Committee to Middletown to view the border.”
Peter Sheridan said today’s visit gave the Secretary of State a chance to see the border area for himself and hear from people living close to the national boundary.
“I pointed out the businesses based in Middletown who trade on both sides of the border before we visited the Middletown Centre for Autism which is jointly funded by the Department for Education in Northern Ireland and the Department for Education and Skills based in Dublin.
“I was then able to show the Secretary of State the reality of the border and how it winds its way across the countryside.”