Ireland faces a long road to recovery from the Brexit vote, with many exporters worried about their future, the Irish Times has reported.
The Irish Times said a number of exporters were preparing contingency plans to take on a significant amount of the cost of leaving the EU.
It said that, if Ireland cannot agree a new trade deal with the EU by the end of March, it could see its exporters lose up to 2,500 jobs.
The paper said Ireland is likely to lose between 1,500 and 1,700 jobs as a result of Brexit, as the UK negotiates a new free trade deal.
Irish Government spokesperson for the environment, Dr Frances Fitzgerald, said the country was committed to a strong economic relationship with the European Union.
“There are many good reasons why Ireland should stay in the EU, but we are not in a position to be a member,” she said.
“It is important that the Government is clear on the commitments Ireland has made in the Brexit negotiations.”
Dr Fitzgerald said the Government had committed to keep the Irish economy “competitive and export-led”, while the Government would be “taking every precaution to ensure that the right kind of jobs are created”.
“We have put a significant emphasis on the jobs we need to be creating in order to secure the future of the Irish Economy and to build on the achievements of the past 20 years,” she added.
The Brexit referendum saw millions of people take to the streets across the country, with some travelling to the capital, Dublin, to voice their discontent.