Former Taoiseach to address economic conference
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. killarneyeconomicconference.com.
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern will address the conference.