Ireland set to receive 1 billion euros from EU Brexit fund - minister

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Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, speaks to the media, in Brussels

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland is set to receive 1.05 billion euros ($1.28 billion) this year from a European Union fund for the countries worst affected by Britain's exit from the European Union, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Tuesday.

The first 4.2 billion of the 5.4 billion euro fund is due to be distributed this year and Ireland will receive 25%, subject to approval by EU heads of state and the European Parliament, Coveney said in a Twitter post.

"Ireland’s initial proposed share in 2021 is 1.05bn euros, 25% of the fund," Coveney said. "I hope the European Parliament & Council approve as we work through Brexit."

Irish state broadcaster RTE reported that the government would apply to use the fund to support its agriculture, food and fisheries sectors.

($1 = 0.8195 euros)

(Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by David Gregorio)