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Joe Brolly: Brexit is 'very unlikely'

Joe Brolly described Brexit as a `very unlikely event'. Picture by Matt Bohill

GAA pundit Joe Brolly has described Brexit as a "very unlikely event", during an attack on the DUP in a new podcast.

The barrister who was dropped last month as by RTE's Sunday Game panel for the All Ireland final replay was speaking during the Unfiltered podcast, recorded in Derry.

He told interviewer Dion Fanning former DUP leader "Peter Robinson was destroyed by the loonies".

"They really are, f**ing banning gay blood and the homophobia and the way they talk about an Irish Language Act," the former Derry All Ireland winner said.

"Basic stuff. An Irish Language Act wasn’t going to hurt anybody. Like, ‘great yeah it’s good, of course sign up to that.’ A bit of good will but instead now we’re in that situation where there’s that kind of triumphalist sneering all the time and eventually it has its impact.

"Eventually it has its impact. We see that the Tories were using them for a while in spite of the fact that the vast amount of damage that would be done in the very unlikely event of Brexit would be to those poverty stricken unionist areas."

He said Northern Ireland "could have attracted money from all over the world".

"If the green and the orange had gotten together, we could really have created a society that would have dealt with a lot of the problems that we have.

"There’d have been a huge influx of American money, of European Union money or public services could have gone up. We could have built a much more civilised society.

"But it was always going to come to this because in the end, the DUP is about narrow self-interest."

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