Ireland submits major bids to snatch EU agencies from UK after Brexit

Theresa MayGETTYIreland is plotting to take the UK's EU agencies once it leaves the bloc

Ireland's Department of Health and Department of Finance are competing against other EU countries to host European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Both the EBA and the EMA are currently based in London’s Canary Wharf.

The agencies employ just over 1,000 staff between them.

The Irish Department of Health confirmed: ”Ireland's offer to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has today been submitted to the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union.”

The department also said Dublin meets all of the criteria necessary to successfully host the EMA and presents an attractive option for the staff of the agency to relocate to.

Ireland’s Minister of State for Financial Services and Insurance, Michael D'Arcy, said a relocation to Dublin would be the least disruptive move for the EBA and its staff.

Mr D'Arcy said: "Our transport links to Europe, our culture, language

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