Ireland are hoping to pounce on any firms leaving the UK to avoid the impact of Brexit
Daniel Mulhall said Brexit poses "very real challenges" for Ireland but the country is adopting a pragmatic approach and wants to benefit from "any upsides" from business moving away from the UK.
He told the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee in Westminster that Dublin has concerns about the impact of Brexit on trade, the border and the common travel area but was confident a deal could be struck to address those issues and preserve the close links between the two countries.
Mr Mulhall said: “We naturally seek to avail of any upsides from this situation, such as the possibility of attracting some of the economic activity that may need to find a post-Brexit location within the European Union.
"This is a pragmatic response on the part of the Irish government to managing the downsides of Brexit and responding to the reality that some companies will feel a need to move.
Ambassador Daniel Mulhall made the announcement to MPs on the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
"For those who do plan to move, we believe that Ireland is the best place for them to operate for we can provide an ideal setting with our highly educated, English-speaking population, a location within the EU single market, and an environment proven to be conducive to investment."
Ireland will be uniquely affected by the UK's exit from the EU
Ambassador Daniel Mulhall
Mr Mulhall said Ireland would be more affected by Brexit than any other EU member states.
He said: ”I believe it is widely recognised that Ireland will be uniquely affected by the UK's exit from the EU. This is because of the special circumstances that apply to us, the fact is that we have the only land border with the UK.
Government Loses Brexit Vote Appeal
Tue, January 24, 2017
Britain's most senior judges ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May does not have the power to trigger the formal process Article 50 for the UK's exit from the European Union without Parliament having a say.
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Issued by the Supreme Court of (top row, from the left) Lord Neuberger, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Sumption, (bottom row, from the left) Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson and Lord Hodge, who agreed with the majority decision that the Government could not trigger Article 50 without Parliamentary approval.
Brexit poses ‘very real challenges’ for Ireland but the country is looking for ‘upsides’
"What's more, Brexit will bring to an end a very productive Irish-UK relationship as EU partners, one that has served us well for 44 years. This is regrettable from our point of view."
Mr Mulhall said neither Irish premier Enda Kenny nor Prime Minister Theresa May wanted a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, but acknowledged that "arrangements with regard to customs will be complicated to tie down".
He said he was concerned about the impact of Brexit on trade, the border and the common travel area
Mrs May has ruled out remaining a member of the single market and will seek a new customs arrangement rather than stay in the customs union.
Mr Mulhall stressed it is "essential that Brexit does not affect the Good Friday Agreement, and that the people of Northern Ireland can have confidence that this will be the case".