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On 23 April 2018, the IIEA and McCann FitzGerald, with the support of Deloitte and media partner, The Sunday Business Post, co-hosted a conference on Brexit, Ireland and the Future of Europe.

Taking place shortly after the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, this half-day conference featured a conversation with former Taoisigh on the topic of the Northern Ireland peace settlement, and the role it has played in the Brexit negotiations, chaired by Olivia O’Leary. Subsequently, a panel of high level European speakers discussed the future of the EU without the United Kingdom.


Session 1 – Brexit, Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement

  • John Bruton, Taoiseach na hÉireann, 1994 – 1997
  • Bertie Ahern, Taoiseach na hÉireann, 1997 – 2008
  • Brian Cowen, Taoiseach na hÉireann, 2008 – 2011
    • Chaired by Olivia O’Leary



Session 2 – The EU without the United Kingdom

  • Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Former UK Attorney General
  • Jose Manuel Barroso, Former President of the European Commission
  • Catherine Day, Adviser to Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission
    • Introduced by Barry Devereux, McCann Fitzgerald and moderated by Philip Andrews, McCann FitzGerald


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Brexit, Ireland and the Future of Europe