A number of media outlets covered the IIEA’s Brexit Status Report Launch, which took place in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin, on Tuesday 17 January 2017.
An article in the Irish Times, entitled ‘Ireland must forge better ties with small EU states, forum hears’, focused on comments by Catherine Day, Former Secretary General of the European Commission, in her speech at the IIEA’s Brexit Status Report Launch:
“It will inevitably be more continental,” Ms Day said of the EU post-Brexit. “That may not always be to our taste . . . It has suited Ireland to be one of the countries supporting one of the big member states – the UK – pushing for reform, for openness, maybe for slower integration in certain areas.
The Irish Times also made reference to comments by Daithí O’Ceallaigh, Former Irish Ambassador to London, and editor of the IIEA’s Brexit Status Report, who described Brexit as an “asymmetric shock” affecting Ireland more than any other EU state. Tom Arnold, the Director General of the IIEA and Brendan Halligan, the founder of the Institute, were also cited in the article.
The Irish Independent’s coverage of reactions to Theresa May’s speech also referred to Catherine Day’s speech at the IIEA Launch event. The article emphasised Ms Day’s comments on the UK’s future relationship with the EU. Ms Day said that the UK Prime Minister’s speech was more of an “opening bid” than a “realistic negotiating position”.
On 18 January, RTÉ News at One interviewed IIEA’s Dáithí O’Ceallaigh. Mr O’Ceallaigh was asked to give his opinion on the special relationship between Ireland and the United Kingdom, the maintenance of the Common Travel Area and whether the latter will depend on a bilateral agreement. Mr O’Ceallaigh stressed that businesses must examine what an exit from the Single Market, and the Customs Union, will mean for them.
Mr O’Ceallaigh was also interviewed on RTÉ News at Six, where he was asked about Theresa May’s speech and the reaction to it. Mr O’Ceallaigh commented that the speech provided clarity but noted that it contained a number of “stings in the tail”. Mr O’Ceallaigh also voiced concerns for the added cost of doing business for UK firms but provided a positive perspective on the future of the border and the Common Travel Area, noting in particular that that it should be possible to maintain some form of the Common Travel Area between the UK and Ireland.
Audio and video of the launch event can be found here.
The IIEA’s Brexit: Status Report can be downloaded from here.