Policy Forum for Ireland

Responding to Brexit - risks, opportunities and priorities for policy

Morning, Thursday, 8th February 2018

Central Dublin

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities for Ireland posed by the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.


It follows the publication of Building Stronger Business: Responding to Brexit by competing, innovating and trading by An Tánaiste and the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald TD, which set out the Government’s ongoing and future strategies for responding to Brexit.


Sessions will assess options for the management of customs on the border with Northern Ireland, potential further issues for trade and movement of people as well as wider effects, such as a weaker pound and uncertainty affecting investment.


Delegates will also explore the potential new opportunities offered by Brexit, including positioning Ireland as the only English-speaking gateway to the Single Market, and consider the policy options around tax, infrastructure and trade promotion to maximise the economic benefits for Ireland.



Guests of Honour

Pat Breen TD

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

Julie Sinnamon

Chief Executive, Enterprise Ireland

Anne Törnqvist

Director, Customs Clearance Process, Swedish Customs

Guests of Honour

Julie Sinnamon

Chief Executive, Enterprise Ireland

Pat Breen TD

Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection

Anne Törnqvist

Director, Customs Clearance Process, Swedish Customs

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

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

Dan O’Brien

Chief Economist, Institute of International and European Affairs