Aontú Leader & Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has welcomed the meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council, but has criticised the fact that the council is dysfunctional and in need of reform.

Tóibín: “How can a Council make any progress when both administrations North and South of the border have not met for nigh on four years? The Council was not able to assist or facilitate a dialogue amidst much of the Brexit crisis or proposals of a Hard border? The Council was also absent whilst the Covid-19 pandemic was ravaging the island, and with no harmonised 32 county approach. The Council needs to be able to transcend political and partisan disputes and contribute towards solutions for communities both sides of the border.”

“There are plenty of issues on the horizon for Ireland, with a ‘no-deal’ Brexit looking ever more likely, and fears rampant over the probability of a second wave of the Coronavirus. If the Council is absent from contributing to the dialogue and response of the island to these threats, then what value is there to it? There is a dire need for better cross-border cooperation and initiatives in this country, and surely that starts with greater cooperation between both authorities on the Island.”