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What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?

I’ve spent the best part of the past week in the UK meeting political, diplomatic, business, banking and community leaders on Brexit. I’ve sat in on Westminster debate and consulted senior security officials on Northern Ireland. And that’s the question that comes to mind.   The unstoppable force is the UK government’s current Brexit trajectory....
Lack of British Gov commitment to UK-Ireland relationship post-Brexit concerning

Lack of British Gov commitment to UK-Ireland relationship post-Brexit concerning

That no UK Government Department has a working group focused on its relationship with Ireland, and the issues affecting that relationship, for when the UK leaves the European Union is a matter of serious concern at the moment. It has become apparent that 18 working groups have been set up across a variety of Government...
Barnier comments highlight need for certainty on Irish border

Barnier comments highlight need for certainty on Irish border

I welcome Mr Barnier’s comments regarding the need to protect the fundamental principles of the Good Friday Agreement and North – South relations. It’s of fundamental importance that the achievements that have been made since 1998 in promoting peace in Northern Ireland are not undone as a result of Brexit. It’s worrying that Britain is...
Trade is Good

Trade is Good

I was sitting close to the back of a large lecture theatre in Boston, listening to Professor Lant Pritchett’s views on globalisation. ‘Trade is good’. Lant was moving through slides on deadweight loss, World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks, comparative advantage and lots more. Every now and again that same slide would appear – three words...
Is Ireland ready to play its part in the countdown to Brexit?

Is Ireland ready to play its part in the countdown to Brexit?

This Wednesday, the UK’s prime minister, Theresa May, is expected to start the clock on Brexit. Taoiseach Enda Kenny described what’s about to happen as ‘the most important negotiations in our history as an independent State’. So, what’s about to happen, what’s at stake, and what should we be doing about it? What’s about to...
Brexit is bad for the UK, bad for Ireland and bad for the EU

Brexit is bad for the UK, bad for Ireland and bad for the EU

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union is bad for the UK, bad for Ireland and bad for the EU. It is a symptom of the growing disconnect between politics and the citizens politics is meant to serve-a symptom of the growing sense of the have’s and the have-not’s- a symptom of some...