For­mer Taoiseach to ad­dress eco­nomic con­fer­ence

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

FOR­MER Taoiseach Ber­tie Ahern will ad­dress this year’s Kil­lar­ney Eco­nomic Con­fer­ence, set to take place in a lit­tle over a week’s time at The Bre­hon Ho­tel and INEC com­plex.

This year’s event takes place on Jan­uary 17 and 18, and fol­lows on from last year’s visit of DUP leader Ar­lene Foster to the con­fer­ence. Brexit will again be the pri­mary fo­cus of the event, with the back­stop is­sue, one of the key as­pects as Bri­tain ne­go­ti­ates its with­drawal from the EU, sure to be among the main top­ics of con­ver­sa­tion.

It is timely that the gath­er­ing of eco­nomic, civil, and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers co­in­cides with next week’s vote in the UK’s House of Com­mons on the with­drawal deal ne­go­ti­ated by Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May.

Other Brexit-re­lated top­ics up for dis­cus­sion will in­clude the le­gal is­sues it raises; build­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive and open po­lit­i­cal fu­ture; the chal­lenges ahead for busi­nesses; and reg­u­la­tory im­pli­ca­tions for bank­ing and fi­nance when Bri­tain leaves the union.

“Our con­fer­ence this year takes place in a crit­i­cal and his­toric week and there is still so much un­cer­tainty,” con­fer­ence or­gan­iser and his­to­rian Dr Wil­liam Sheehan said. “Our goal is to bring some light to the way ahead for busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions and, given the cal­i­bre of our speak­ers, I know we will do that.”

The event will fea­ture a wide range of speak­ers aside from Mr Ahern, in­clud­ing na­tional and in­ter­na­tional uni­ver­sity fig­ures; per­son­al­i­ties from a range of local au­thor­i­ties such as Kerry County Coun­cil and Údarás na Gaeltachta; and po­lit­i­cal fig­ures.

The con­fer­ence gets un­der­way at lunchtime next Thurs­day, with a din­ner fol­low­ing a half-day fo­rum. A full day’s con­fer­enc­ing takes place the fol­low­ing day, with de­bates and dis­cus­sions aplenty. Tick­ets for the com­bined gala din­ner and full-day con­fer­ence are €295, with ticket prices for these events alone at €80 and €250 re­spec­tively. Dis­counts are also avail­able on re­quest for students, NGOs, and pub­lic sec­tor em­ploy­ees.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www. kil­lar­neye­co­nomic­confer­

Photo by Frank McGrath.

For­mer Taoiseach Ber­tie Ahern will ad­dress the con­fer­ence.

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