2018 Highlights

12th & 13th January Killarney Economic Conference

“Even the symbolism of the DUP leader addressing the Killarney Economic Conference, in the deep south, was very significant”.

Dr Mary C Murphy of the Department of Politics in UCC on this historic first visit


“Let’s assume that Ireland gets its preferred landing zone which is a common market solution with an open border. Then, I think, we remain stuck with a relatively unfavorable Sterling position, with ongoing likelihood of volatility”.

Mark Kennedy, Managing Partner of Mazars in Ireland, expects some more uncertainty on the way


“It is in Europe’s interest to find a fair balance. Europe has the strongest position in this process and if Europe is interested in preserving what it has achieved – in trade, as well as in other matters – then Europe must be wise and magnanimous and fair to its European Member States and to the UK as a trading partner”.

Mark Kennedy, Mazars, who contributes regularly to journals on the likely impact of Brexit on business


“There is no evidence of global opportunities of an unrivalled nature that will come from Brexit, none whatsoever. It makes no sense in trading terms or in economic terms”.

Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe


“Brexit is a British policy, not an EU policy or an Irish policy, and we believe it is bad for the UK, bad for Europe and bad for Ireland. It presents challenges to our peace and challenges to our prosperity”.

Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and The Marine


“Irrespective of where you stand, the increasingly undeniable reality is that Brexit is already causing damage”.

Fianna Fail leader, Micheál Martin, TD


“Brexit may well show us what the limits of the law are”.

UCD EU Law Professor Gavin Barret


“The problem with what the UK is taking back control of is which foot to shoot itself in and ending up shooting itself in ours”.

John McGrane, Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce




“Come back to the Kingdom of Kerry for your holidays”

Senator Mark Daly’s invitation to Arlene Foster brought a smile to the DUP leader’s face


We must respect the reality of the referendum result”.

DUP leader Arlene Foster


“Our focus is on a jobs first, economy first Brexit so that our businesses are able to go on creating the wealth they have been creating”.

Mark Drakeford, Assembly Member for Cardiff West, and appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance in November 2017


“The negotiations will not be straight forward as there are some strong issues to address”.

British Ambassador to Ireland, Robin Barnett


“The atmosphere towards the United Kingdom in Brussels is toxic”.

John McGrane, Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce


“Brexit will be complex, difficult and prolonged for business and complexity equals costs”.

Professor Philip O’Regan, Executive Dean of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick


“I’m concerned about the impact of Brexit on young people. There is no direct involvement by young people who weren’t able to vote and, by all accounts, don’t share the views of those that did”.

Ursula Kilkelly, Professor of Law and Dean of the School of Law at University College Cork


“We cannot accept Scotland being dragged out of Europe against our will. We are not reconciled to the inevitability of Brexit”.

Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe


“It was largely based on fear-mongering and outright falsehoods. As the many insider accounts of the campaign have revealed in the last year, the overall ‘Leave’ strategy was to say or do whatever was necessary and to hell with the facts and the consequences. And quite frankly this gives everyone a right to argue over the shape and nature of what happens once the UK has left the EU”.

Fianna Fail leader, Micheál Martin, TD