Speaking today to the EU Affairs Committee and the Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU, EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said: "Ireland has, for 44 years, been a friend of the EU but also a central part of the European project. In that time, you have managed to transform your transport infrastructure, your economy and your society – and I have faith in your people, and your leaders, that you will be able to overcome current challenges and come out the other side even stronger. This is an opportunity for Ireland to strengthen its links with its European partners. You may be an island nation on the edge of the continent, but your place into the future will continue to be right at the heart of the European Union."
Read the full text of Commissioner Bulc's speech below.
European Commission for Transport, Ms Violeta Bulc, will be in Dublin this week. While here she will take part in a Citizens' Dialogue on the Future of Europe with Brian Hayes MEP.
The debate, which will take place in the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, will be moderated by Audrey Carville (RTE) and is hosted by the European Commission Representation in Ireland, with the help of the European Movement Ireland. The event starts at 6.15 pm with registration from 5.45 pm.
It will be web-streamed below.