Clarity needed Northern Ireland peace funding after Brexit, says Ahern
The Brexit fallout will leave a gaping hole in Northern Ireland's economy, which must be addressed in ongoing negotiations, former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has warned.
Mr Ahern said the EU had backed the peace process since the first ceasefire in 1994 and he hoped this would continue, even after Brexit.
He asked: "How much money will the British Government allocate post-2020 to substitute EU financed programmes that operate in Northern Ireland at this time?
"This is a very serious issue indeed and all contracting parties need to sit down and assess it."
Mr Ahern (above) said the timeframe for an EU-UK Brexit deal was now very tight as agreement must be reached by October.
He welcomed Britain's support for a "frictionless border" in Ireland and saluted support from key EU figures for Ireland's cause.