Taoiseach Leo Varadkar needs to take a far more proactive role domestically in shaping and guiding Ireland’s domestic response to Brexit RENUA IRELAND has warned. 

The party said;

“This is the first major domestic crisis the Taoiseach must face.

His legacy and our future will be defined by how he responds.

To date Mr Varadkar has not been convincing.

There’s been more than an element of the politics of fiddling whilst Brexit burns surrounding his game plan.

Too often the Taoiseach has resembled the sort of bystander who expresses the hope that someone has called a fire engine to deal with that burning building

Silence and evasion are no longer enough

Rural Ireland requires a Brexit guarantee that no matter what happens Irish goods will continue to leave the country

Agriculture also requires a Brexit guarantee that our farmers will not be left to foot the Bill for this debacle.”


RENUA Ireland has called on Transport Minister Shane Ross to swiftly clarify the state of Irish plans to maintain communications and exports between Ireland the UK and Europe on land sea and air in the event of a chaotic Brexit.

The party said

‘’it is a matter of grave concern that the worst minister, by common consent, in this administration is in charge of this critical logistical task.

To date political attention has focused on the border between the North and the South and the back-stop.

We also need clarity when it comes to our ports and air-ports.

To date, however Minister Ross has made Rip Van Winkle look pro-active.

Ireland is an exporting nation, particularly when it comes to Agriculture.

Mr Ross has a bad track record when it comes to rural Ireland already.

But, if he fails to get things right when it comes to keeping Agricultural produce on the move we will be holding Fine Gael to account.

Given, that Mr Ross was so available for night time canvassing over the Christmas period we assume there is a plan.

If there is not and Ireland turns into the Robinson Crusoe of Europe under his non-watch then we face a serious crisis.

There is a duty of responsibility, not only on Mr Varadkar but also the Ministers for Agriculture and Enterprise to impose some form of accountability on Mr Ross.

His failure will be their failure should Mr Ross run true to form and fail to produce.

Either way those who work and those who drive our exports in Agriculture, in Tourism and in the multi-national sector are entitled to swift re-assurances that all contingencies are covered.


RENUA Ireland has warned that; ‘’those who secure Irish passports who are caught fighting for groups such as ISIS should be automatically stripped of their citizenship’’.

The party was commenting on the case of Alexandr Bekmirzaev, a former Chechen native who grew up in Belarus before moving to Dublin where he secured an Irish passport.

Responding to his capture in Syria Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said, ‘any Irish citizen around the world is entitled to consular assistance and will get that’.

RENUA Ireland, however, warned;

‘’The Taoiseach’s position on this issue is naïve and inappropriate.

An Irish passport is a privilege not a right and should be immediately forfeited in cases involving international terrorism.

We should be more than a mere flag of convenience for international terrorists.

This individual should be stripped of his citizenship as swiftly as possible as can be done under law as distinct to being mollycoddled by our diplomatic services.

Irish Muslims who have integrated into this country very closely are appalled by his actions and we should be guided by their view that the last thing we, as a society need is to secure the reputation of being a nursery for Islamic fundamentalists.

Ireland has suffered enough from the actions of our own variant of political fundamentalism and should not be encouraging new ones’’.

The party also warned; ‘’The Department of Justice has serious questions to answer on how easily this mysterious individual appears to have secured a passport with such apparent ease.

The Department must explain how this epic fail occurred and the extent and nature of its monitoring of his activities once he came to their attention.

It must respond to concerns over his work in the private security industry. Both the Gardai and the Private Security Association, who are supposed to licence those involved in security via Garda vetting, must explain how an individual with known links to Islamic terror could operate in such a sensitive field.

Yet again it appears to be the case that separate Government Agencies are as incapable of working together as the Hindu parable of the blind men of Hindustan who thought an elephant was a snake.

Yet again it appears government agencies are incapable of liaising with each-other.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan must initiate an immediate inquiry into how this sequence of events occurred. Both the minister and the sleepy Taoiseach must also move swiftly to restore public confidence in the adequacy of our domestic response to Islamic terrorism.

And that will require a far more comprehensive response by the latter than his dismissive one liner on the issue’’


‘’The government must move swiftly to tackle the growing collapse of confidence of the armed forces in the leadership of the force,’’ RENUA Ireland has warned.

The leader of the party Cllr. John Leahy said;

‘’We ask a great deal from our armed forces not least that they must be prepared to put their lives at risk in the service of the state.

By contrast our respect for our soldiers is so low many need Family Income Supplement and food hampers to feed their families.

Nothing epitomizes the amicable contempt our soldiers are held in than the Taoiseach’s claim that no-one enters the army for the money.

That is for sure, but they do not enter it to see their families starve either.

The current scenario where on Christmas Day 2018, members of the Defence Forces received just €20 for working a 24 hours duty is all too typical of the penny-wise pound-foolish approach to our armed forces.

Since 1922 our Army, Air Corps, Naval Service and the Reserve, have never flinched in their unquestioning loyalty to our State.

The State however has never reciprocated that loyalty.

This failure to develop a state culture of justice and respect has created the dangerous scenario where the border cannot be policed in the event of an unruly Brexit.

This will create a gap that will do serious systemic damage to Irelands agriculture and agri-business model.

Such has been the decline in the capacity of the Army were a recurrence of the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak in the UK and Northern Ireland to happen it could not now be prevented from spreading to the Republic.

It is time the government restored the Army to the control of the Army and reversed the current scenario where non-professionals in the public service have been allowed to dominate critical strategic security decision making.

If they don’t, we will reap a bitter price in areas as diverse as Brexit, cyber security, fisheries protection and Ireland’s international reputation’’.


‘’The inactivity of Richard Bruton and the Department of Education over the future of the Bord na Mona workers is a disgrace’’ RENUA Ireland leader John Leahy has claimed.

Mr Leahy said;

‘’The disinterest in putting together a comprehensive response is yet another slight on rural Ireland and Offaly in particular.

Were these job losses occurring anywhere else task forces would be pulled together in a matter of hours.

All we get by contrast is the snub of silence.

This is all the worse given that major funds are available for our workers in Europe.

The response of the government to this opportunity has been one of silent indifference.

The Minister must move far more swiftly than the current death march pace when it comes to applying for EU funds to aid affected Bord na Móna workers in their transition into new employment.

Bord na Móna should also move beyond merely considering its options in relation to an application to the European Globalisation Fund (EGF) for assistance. It’s time for ‘consideration’ to end and for action to begin.

This government has torn the heart out of communities and rural Ireland because of its inaction over Bord na Mona.

When it does act it apparently cannot see a bog without closing it or hard-working rural people in boots without wanting to sack them.

If we are to transition out of peat the government has a responsibility to support communities and jobs associated with the peat business and to identify and develop new opportunities for employment, particularly in the Midlands.

We demand the following information swiftly;

If the Department of Education and Skills is the Managing Authority for the EGF in Ireland what has it done to prepare and submit applications to the EGF that will roll out supports to eligible workers?

What has it done to prepare interim programme implementation reports or is it just sitting around doing nothing beyond looking at its navel?

The government should also engage swiftly with the Regions in Transition Initiative in Brussels which deals with difficulties presented by issues such as Bord na Mona.

We know that for Mr Bruton and his ilk Offaly does not appear to be an address that inspires a great deal of interest when it comes to protecting the rights of working people.

Offaly will remember if this continues to be the case’’.


RENUA Ireland has warned the government that; ‘’rural Ireland will not accept being sold down the river to fund Britain’s divorce from the EU’’.

The party said;

At a time of crisis this government again resembles a man chasing after a bus which has just closed its door and started to move off.

We need something more substantial to deal with this threat than an evolving document.

We need something far more definitive and far clearer lines of communication.

In particular, the government must clarify what it means about multiple challenges, crisis management and possible temporary solutions.

They are describing inevitable consequences rather than the actions required to avoid and mitigate those consequences.

This, again, is governance on a wing and a prayer.

We are gravely concerned over the consequences for Rural Ireland.

There is a real threat to Irish farming that all the gains from accession will be reversed.

Farming should not be left to wither and die behind high tariff walls which turn us into an economic island again.

We are also gravely concerned that as part of remedying serious security deficits on the ports and the border that the security infrastructure of rural Ireland will not be hollowed out.

A no-deal Brexit poses existential challenges across society, macroeconomic challenges, trade Agriculture and fuel security implications for us all.

RENUA Ireland warns that Rural Ireland will not accept being sold down the river to pay the Brexit Bill.

The Ministers of Agriculture, Justice and Rural and Communications must come together now to build confidence and issue a Brexit guarantee for rural Ireland.

The situation where Rural Ireland becomes an island in an island must not be allowed escalate or develop by neglect’’.


RENUA Ireland has warned vulture funds planning to foreclose on family farms and homes in rural Ireland that there will be; ‘’zero tolerance for their activities across the country-side’’.

The party said;

‘’Vulture funds are a new generation of land-lords and they will be treated in the same way as their predecessors.

Rural Ireland is not going to stand idly by whilst families are evicted by the zombie economics of the vulture fund.

Moral hazard should always apply to loans and mortgages.

But the banks themselves fatally undermined that principle with their reckless lending policies.

And moral hazard should apply to banks too.

Where they make bad loans, they should negotiate settlements.

Instead they have outsourced their failure to vulture funds who only care about making a quick buck.

The government’s decision to back the banks over the people is now coming back to haunt them.

A plague of foreclosures is about to be unleashed upon rural Ireland.

To date the vultures have held back on rural Ireland because they have been distracted by commercial property.

They are now however waiting on the fence posts preparing to strike.

RENUA Ireland also warned families dealing with vulture funds to expect fair play. The party said;

‘’There will be no compromises or settlements from vulture funds.

They will simply be looking to sell your lands and homes as quickly as they can to any-one except you.

There can be no negotiations with vultures unless they commit to a long-term presence in Ireland’’.

RENUA Ireland warned;

When it comes to our homesteads the position must be not an inch without a guarantee of families staying in their homes.

RENUA Ireland believes the best long-term policy for vultures would be for the state and people to excise this foreign banking methodology from the country.

Like St Patrick and the snakes; it’s time to chase the vultures out of Ireland.

Sadly, all precedents to date suggest that the government and the Central Banks ongoing policy of Appeasement that the people will be alone in taking on the vultures.

We warn them in advance though, that The Field, by JB Keane, will look like a romantic comedy when compared to the furies a return to landlordism in rural Ireland will spark.

We say not a yard not a field without negotiations.

Rural Ireland has seen off many land-grabbers before and our vulture friends will experience a similar fate.

The government should intervene now if it wants to avoid an unprecedented campaign of civil disobedience’’.


‘’The status of Irelands children’s hospital as the most expensive in the world is an indictment of the generalized incompetence of the HSE and their political masters’’ RENUA Ireland has said.

The party said;

‘’Sick children are being gravely failed by the endemic incompetence of an HSE that is running loose beyond control and politicians that are incapable of or afraid to rein them in.

The development of a modern Children’s hospital is a critical step in building a modern health system which protects the most vulnerable at the earliest point in their lives.

Instead sick children must experience second class facilities whilst bureaucrat’s squabble and politicians dither.

We are in a bad space when Bertie Ahern can give us lessons in fiscal rectitude.

The former Taoiseach accurately noted this hospital could have been built for €250 million had his plan been followed. Now as we head towards a two billion Euro ultimate bill Simon Harris has serious questions to answer.

The minister’s eye has been off the off the ball during the most recent €400 million Euro increase.

The Minister appear to have been seduced by the applause he has received on social media over the social agenda he voluntarily took upon himself.

It is time he returns to the day job and does that which we pay him to do; to save and protect life.

Mr Harris must now, that his apprenticeship is over, get into the trenches and take on the vested interests and endemic ineptitude that are holding back the progress of the health system.

He certainly needs to evolve a more sophisticated response to the failures of the Irish Health services than permanent startled surprise.

Developments across the entire health service, including a new Maternity Hospital, have been postponed because of this fiscal disaster.

The Minister must take accountability for this and explain to the public how we have gone on a ‘journey’ from €250 million to €1.4 billion.

This entire issue raises serious questions about the future of infrastructural development in Ireland.

It is almost impossible now to develop infrastructure in Dublin at a reasonable price and over a reasonable time-line.

The HSE must consider the virtues of locating future developments across Ireland rather than taking the current Dublin-centric approach.

Plenty of towns and hospitals across the state would be more than willing to facilitate future developments for far less’’.


‘’Irelands courts appear to be more determined to release rapists and murderers than jail them’’, RENUA has claimed.

Commenting on the Graham Dwyer verdict Renua said;

‘’Working people are experiencing a crisis of confidence in the courts.

Each week we hear of another heinous crime being committed by some recidivist criminal on bail.

Often it appears to be the case that our current caste of libertarian judges would prefer to send those guilty of serious crime to therapy rather than jail.

Of course, prison should be set up to reform and help those who end up there.

But concepts such as punishment and lock-up are not dirty words.

They are necessary to compel the depraved to behave and to protect the innocent.

Our soft slippered liberal judges seem to have forgotten this’’.

The party said of the Dwyer result;

‘’This may be legally correct, but it punctures a further hole in public confidence in a courts system.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan must now move quickly to modernize legislation on this issue.

It is time the Minister got ahead of the game instead of constantly chasing the bus’’.

Renua also slammed the call by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties for the government to move quickly to introduce comprehensive data-retention legislation that fully respects individual rights.

The party said;

‘‘It’s time this overblown quango respected and defended the civil rights of victims.

Frankly they are a disgrace and should not be funded by government.

They are when it comes to crime the enemies of working people and should be called out on this issue’’.


RENUA Ireland have called on the government to; ‘’come clean on its plans for a swathe of new carbon taxes to balance the books’’.

The party was commenting on concerns that the government are planning to introduce over two billion Euros in carbon taxes to pay for the Taoiseach’s proposed tax cuts.

The party warned;

‘’if tax cuts are to be paid for via the usual three-card trick politics carbon taxes should not be used to fill the gap.

It will take an annual increase of carbon taxes of €20 Euros per tonne over five years to pay for the Taoiseach’s proposals on carbon tax.

Carbon taxes should be about changing behaviour not raising Revenue.

Their imposition should also be sensitive to concerns that such taxes would devastate the rural economy.

This is totally absent from the government’s proposals which would see the following increases

Auto Diesel – plus €827 million

Petrol – plus €275 million

Kerosene – plus €297 million

Marked Gas Oil – plus €294 million

LPG – plus €49 million

Fuel Oil – plus €9 million

Natural Gas – plus €269 million

Peat Briquettes – plus €26 million

Coal – plus €85 million

Such increases will make it almost impossible for rural Ireland to operate.

Briquettes and a sack of coal will become luxury items for pensioners.

Rural Ireland is not prepared to pay the price for the electoral ambitions of Leo Varadkar.

The government must clean on its plans now or they may find they will be dealing far more swiftly with the rural Irish version of the yellow jackets than they expect’’.