Belfast Telegraph

Ireland will bid to host London-based EU bodies after Brexit

Ireland is to bid to host two EU bodies located in London, Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed.

The European Medicines Agency is responsible for the protection of public and animal health through the scientific evaluation and supervision of medicines.

The European Banking Authority was tasked with finding risks and vulnerabilities in the EU banking sector at the height of the financial crisis.

Mr Kenny addressed the Dail following Michel Barnier's speech to Dublin parliamentarians.

He said: "Ireland will bid along with other countries for the two EU bodies currently located in London, the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority.

"I believe that Ireland offers an excellent opportunity as a location for these."

He said Brexit was a British policy.

"It is not an Irish policy and it is not an EU policy.

"For its part Ireland remains committed clearly to the European Union and its future."

He said 88% of Irish people felt the country should remain a member of the EU and membership had transformed the country over the last 40 years.

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