The Seanad is to begin hearings next year into the implications for Ireland of the UK withdrawal from the European Union.

Announcing the details today, a group of independent Senators said the the Upper House will become a 'Brexit Chamber of Inquiry'.

The intention is to set aside one day per week for a number of months to hear from speakers from industry and civil society from Ireland, the UK and the EU about what affect the withdrawal will have on Ireland.

A report will then be drawn up and given to the Government.  

Senators said they hope it will form part of the negotiation process as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

Senator Michael McDowell said he thinks it will make a significant difference and said that the Irish parliament and the Seanad in particular have to play an active role in the Brexit issue.

He said extra resources will be needed to fund the hearings but said it was not going to be very expensive.