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What will Britain's EU Decision mean for Ireland? 10 June 2016, Dundalk

The European Parliament Information Office in Ireland and the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) are jointly hosting a seminar on the upcoming referendum in Britain with regard to membership of the EU. The event takes place on 10 June from 10:00 am-1:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk and is open to the public. To register, please e-mail the IIEA at or alternatively phone Lynn Fitzgerald at 01-8746756.

On 23 June 2016, the UK electorate will answer the question: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?"

With €1.2 billion worth of trade conducted every week between the UK and Ireland, and hundreds of thousands of Irish citizens living and working in the United Kingdom, Ireland arguably has more at stake in this debate than any other EU Member State.

The seminar will analyse the political and social implications of the UK’s vote for Ireland, North and South, and will examine the potential impact on key sectors, including agriculture, trade and investment, and the all-island energy market.


Session I - Political and Economic Implications

chaired by Fergal McNamara, Senior Energy Adviser, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

  • Mairead McGuinness, MEP (Fine Gael/EPP)
  • Tom Arnold, Director General of the IIEA
  • Edgar Morgenroth, Research Professor at the ESRI
  • Rodney Doyle, Director of Market Operations, EirGrid

Session II - Border and Cross-border Relations

chaired by Noel Dorr, former Ambassador of Ireland to the United Kingdom

  • Dr. Anthony Soares, Director of the Centre for Cross Border Studies
  • Blair Horan, Former General Secretary of the CPSU
  • Pat Colgan, former CEO of the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)
  • Matt Carthy, MEP (Sinn Féin/GUE-NGL) 

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Inner Relief Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth


Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA)
UK in the EU: MEPs debate the country’s European future - EP Article
The UK's new settlement in the EU - European Parliamentary Research Service analysis
Referendums on EU Issues - European Parliamentary Research Service briefing
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