There are 208 crossings between Ireland and Northern Ireland, and Brexit has brought the issue of borders, or the lack of them, between north and south to the forefront.

Tourism relies on the smooth movement of people which the UK’s departure from the EU puts in jeopardy, with suggestions it could cost the Irish sector more than €384 million.

In 1998 the  Good Friday Agreement identified tourism as one of six areas of cooperation between Ireland and Northern Ireland, to market the destination of Ireland internationally while working with the two tourist boards on both parts of the island. Tourism has flourished on both sides of the border, as a result of branding the island as a single destination. Even with the launch of various initiatives, trails and marketing campaigns, there is a fear this work could now be jeopardised by Brexit, whether through a possible recession, issues caused at a hard border or bad memories around the political troubles between the north and the UK.

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