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Researchers fear Brexit will damage Irish research

Researchers on the island of Ireland have expressed their concerns that Brexit has the potential to damage research on both sides of the border, with many academics in Northern Ireland saying they view it as a disaster.

A minority of researchers said they considered the impact of Brexit would be benign or potentially positive and there is a great deal of uncertainty, according to a survey of academics in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland conducted by the Royal Irish Academy.

The academy held meetings in Dublin on 27 June and in Belfast on 29 June to discuss the preliminary findings of the survey, which has been conducted over the past three months.

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