Conference – What Now for Ireland in the Era of Brexit and Trump?

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The Hibernia Forum will host a major and exciting conference on Thursday, 23 February on ‘What Now For Ireland in the Era of Trump and Brexit?’ The conference, with an impressive line up of Irish and international speakers, will be held from 9.00am-3.30pm in the offices of Connect Ireland, on 14 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

Space is limited so please register here if you wish to attend: Event Registration. Lunch will be served.

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After an economic crash and a period of correction and austerity, with much sacrifice made, Ireland has made a remarkable recovery and is now poised again for strong commercial growth.

However, the country suddenly faces major challenges on the international horizon in the shape of the British ‘Brexit’ referendum vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as US President, promising a renewal of protectionism and a vigorous return of American overseas investment back to the US. Along with a EU increasingly keen on tax harmonisation, these are significant challenges for a recently recovered economy.

What are the implications for Ireland as a small open economy, overwhelmingly dependent on both US inward investment and on overseas trade with the neighbouring UK? Will the new US administration curb the tax breaks that encourage American companies to locate abroad?

Will Brexit mean the return of a hard border between North and South Ireland with all the implications this has for trade, travel and investment? What will happen to the Common Travel Area between the UK and Ireland, and could a ‘hard Brexit’ mean that Ireland ‘thinks the unthinkable’ and reconsiders its long term future in an unstable EU.

In short, what are the decisions investors and planners should make, and could the prospect of Trump’s election and Brexit actually offer as much opportunity as it does disadvantages? The Hibernia Forum has assembled a highly exciting conference to examine all these possibilities and questions. Experts from the US, UK and Ireland will discuss the implications of these momentous political events and how they should be judged and faced in 2017.
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Participants:

Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern is a former Taoiseach of Ireland and a former Minister for Finance. He was Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland) from June 1997 to May 2008. He has extensive experience of European and international affairs at the highest level, including of negotiating EU treaties.

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Olivia Buckley

Olivia Buckley

Olivia Buckley is Director of Communications with the Irish Tax Institute, whose research and studies have focused on the role of tax policy in driving economic growth, innovation and entrepreneurial expansion in Ireland. She is co-author of several reports including ‘A Tax Strategy for Irish Companies and Irish Exports’ and ‘Perspectives on Ireland’s personal tax system – a medium to long term approach’. Olivia has worked with blue-chip Irish companies, Government and leading representative bodies in Ireland. She has also directed campaigns on major EU referenda.

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Christopher Butler

Christopher Butler

Christopher Butler is Chief of Staff at the Americans for Tax Reform, a national and international advocacy group based in Washington DC, which advocates competitive and fair taxation rates for business, investment and job creation. He is an expert on the subject of corporate tax deals, arrangements and so called ‘inversions’.

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Lucinda Creighton

Lucinda Creighton

Lucinda Creighton is a former Irish Minister for European Affairs and was a Member of the Irish Parliament for nine years as well as Vice President of the European People’s Party. She is currently the CEO of the EU advisory company, Vulcan Consulting Ltd, which provides advice to a range of corporate clients on EU policy, regulatory and political issues. Lucinda is also special advisor on Brexit by Fipra, the international public affairs company.

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Dr. Niall Holohan

Dr. Niall Holohan is a former diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs. He was Irish Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – also accredited to Bahrain, Oman, Yemen and Iraq. He was previously the Irish Government’s representative to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah as well as a senior official in the Anglo-Irish Secretariat in Belfast and at the North/South Ministerial Council in Armagh. Dr. Holohan is a director of the Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce.

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Cormac Lucey

Cormac Lucey

Cormac Lucey is former Irish Government adviser and chartered accountant who teaches finance. He is Chairman of the Hibernia Forum and is a frequent media commentator with The Sunday Times and The Times (Irish editions). He previously worked in industry and in corporate finance both in Ireland in Germany.

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Oliver Mangan

Oliver Mangan

Oliver Mangan is Chief Economist with Allied Irish Banks Group. He has worked as an economist in financial markets for the over 25 years for Davy Stockbrokers and AIB. He specialises in macro-economic forecasting and analysis of interest rate and currency markets. He also worked for the Australian Central Bank in Sydney and began his career as an economist in the Irish Civil Service.

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Neil McDonnell

Neil McDonnell

Neil McDonnell is Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprise Association, an independent body for the owners of small and medium business In Ireland. A former Irish army captain, he has recently been General Manager of the Freight Transport Association of Ireland (FTAI).

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Jeffrey Peel

Jeffrey Peel

Jeffrey Peel is a Northern Ireland free-market commentator and regular on BBC Radio Ulster Talkback, Good Morning Ulster and Evening Extra. He is a Fellow of the UK’s Institute of Economic Affairs and runs his own consulting firm which advises client companies on communications and digital marketing.
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Schedule

9.00-9.30am – coffee and mingling

9.30am – Welcome from Joanna Murphy, CEO Connect Ireland

9.35am Opening remarks by Eamon Delaney

9.40
1st session, 9.40 am – 12.30 am
International challenges : Trump, Brexit and EU ambitions on corporate tax

Cormac Lucey 9.45 am – 10.05 am (times approx)
Bertie Ahern 10.10 – 10.30
Oliver Mangan AIB 10.35 – 10.55
Coffee Break 11.00 – 11.30
Christopher Butler Americans for Tax Reform 11.35 – 11.55
Olivia Buckley The Tax Institute 12.00- 12.20
Further audience questions 12.20- 12.30

Break for lunch 12.30am – 1.30pm

Reintroduction
2nd session – 1.30 pm – 4pm.
Brexit, Ireland & the EU : what should be done ?

Lucinda Creighton 1.30 – 1.50pm
Neil McDonnell, ISME 1.55 – 2.20
Jeffrey Peel, Quadriga Consulting 2.25- 2.50
Niall Holohan, Arab Irish Chamber of Commerce 2.55- 3.20

3.20- 3.30pm – Concluding discussion

The venue is a fine Georgian drawing room overlooking St Stephen’s Green. People will be seated in a theatre type setting and there will a clear perspex lectern to speak from. We will also provide name tags for attendees. With thanks to Newstalk radio.

Thanks a lot and grateful for your support and participation.