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Brexit:Islands of Opportunity

Brexit:Islands of Opportunity

I will be hosting ‘Brexit: Islands of Opportunity?’ on the 24th of October at 7:30PM in the Greystones Theatre. The audience will hear contributions from Robin Barnett, British Ambassador to Ireland, Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times Columnist and Dearbhail McDonald, Group Business Editor for the Independent Group. I believe that they have unique viewpoints, and important...
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....
Two papers released by the UK suggest Brexit is as sensible as Trump's wall

Two papers released by the UK suggest Brexit is as sensible as Trump’s wall

Assessing the two Brexit papers released last week by the UK government is difficult, due largely to the misguided nature of the underlying premise. It’s a bit like trying to assess a paper from the White House on options for building a wall along the Mexican border. Trump’s wall is populist, ill-conceived nonsense. Popular with...
UK election result makes our role in Brexit more important

UK election result makes our role in Brexit more important

The UK election changes the likely impact of Brexit on Ireland. It makes a softer Brexit more likely, which is welcomed. But it also makes a ‘no deal’ outcome more likely, which would be a disaster. And it makes special status for Northern Ireland harder to achieve, which is bad news on both sides of...
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...