Policy Forum for Ireland

Responding to Brexit - business opportunities, trade priorities and the future of the Irish border

Morning, Thursday, 8th February 2018

Central Dublin

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference presents a timely opportunity to discuss the implications for Ireland posed by the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.


It follows the recent completion of Phase 1 of the UK-EU negotiations, including ‘agreement in principle’ on the Irish border and regulation, and the launch of the report Building Stronger Business: Responding to Brexit byOK competing, innovating and trading detailing the Government’s strategy. 


Those attending will examine the latest thinking on UK-Ireland trade - including opportunities for attracting UK businesses and positioning Ireland as the gateway to the EU; the challenges for reacting to the wider possible effects of Brexit for Irish businesses - including manufacturers and exporters; and policy options around tax, infrastructure and trade promotion.


They will also consider the future management of customs on the border with Northern Ireland - including key issues for trade and the movement of people - and the future for trade policy.



Guests of Honour

Pat Breen TD

Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection (subject to Dáil commitments)

Anne Lanigan

Brexit Manager, Enterprise Ireland

Anne Törnqvist

Director, Customs Clearance Process, Swedish Customs

Guests of Honour

Pat Breen TD

Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection (subject to Dáil commitments)

Anne Törnqvist

Director, Customs Clearance Process, Swedish Customs

Anne Lanigan

Brexit Manager, Enterprise Ireland

Keynote Speaker

Mairead McGuinness MEP

Vice-President, European Parliament (Pre-recorded presentation)

Chairs

Senator Terry Leyden

Vice Chairman, Joint Committee on European Union Affairs, Houses of the Oireachtas

Senator Neale Richmond

Member, Joint Committee on European Union Affairs, Houses of the Oireachtas

Speakers

Niall MacCarthy

Group Brexit Lead, daa and Managing Director, Cork Airport

Aidan Gough

Strategy and Policy Director, InterTradeIreland

Fergal O’Brien

Director of Policy and Public Affairs and Chief Economist, Ibec

Kieran Donoghue

Divisional Manager, International Financial Services, IDA Ireland

John McGrane

Director General, British Irish Chamber of Commerce

Pádraig Cronin

Vice Chairman & Partner - Tax Services, Deloitte

Owen Reidy

Assistant General Secretary, Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Simon McKeever

Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association

Eoghan O’Mara Walsh

Chief Executive Officer, ITIC

Dan O’Brien

Chief Economist, Institute of International and European Affairs