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About the Speech

In this address to the IIEA, Gerry Adams made the case that the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union represents a fundamental change to the all-island architecture established since the Good Friday Agreement, and will reshape the relationships between Ireland and the UK, as well as between Ireland and the EU. In this context, Mr. Adams argued for a ‘designated special status’ for Northern Ireland within the EU.

This address is part of the IIEA’s All Island Leaders Lecture Series, in which political, social and business leaders from across the island of Ireland will give their perspectives on the island’s post-Brexit future.


About the Speaker

Gerry Adams has been President of Sinn Féin since 1983. He is the Teachta Dála (TD) for Louth and East Meath, having resigned his seat in the UK Parliament in 2011. Alongside nationalist and unionist leaders in Northern Ireland, Mr. Adams played an important role in the Good Friday Agreement, which created the power-sharing structures in Northern Ireland. He is the author of 14 books, including three autobiographies.