Monday, 8th June, 17.00 – 19.00


Brexit will affect the whole of the UK politically and economically, almost certainly only for the worse. But Brexit poses particularly grave and immediate challenges for the island of Ireland. We are lucky to have four experts to give us their complementary views on these challenges and how they may be met.


Daithi O’Ceallaigh
Dáithí O’Ceallaigh is a former Irish diplomat who worked for many years on British-Irish and north–south relations, culminating in service as ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2001 to 2007.


Dr Mary Murphy
Dr Mary C. Murphy holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration and is a senior lecturer in politics with the Department of Government and Politics, University College Cork.


Paul Gillespie
Paul Gillespie is a columnist on international affairs and a former foreign policy editor of The Irish Times and a senior research fellow with the School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin.


Geoffrey Martin
Geoffrey Martin was the inaugural head of the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland 1979 – 1984, and was later Head of the European Commission Representation in the UK, 1993 – 2002.