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Ireland in a Europe without Britain

09 Dec 2016

IIEA Chairman, Brendan Halligan, argues that the main responsibility in the post-referendum era is to fashion a new agenda for Ireland and a strategy for ‘life without Britain’.

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Brexit - Nobel Thoughts

07 Dec 2016

Nationalism is increasingly on the rise, not only in Europe but also across the Atlantic, where Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ rhetoric produced electoral victory. Tony Brown argues that it is important to reflect on the recrudescence of ideas that many thought were relegated to histories of World War II.

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Skibbereen and Ludgate Hub show the Digital Single Market vision in action

28 Nov 2016


A disused Skibbereen bakery turned digital hub provided the centrepiece for National Digital Week 2016, and aims to demonstrate how digital can transform the local economy. 

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Brexit and the energy sector

23 Nov 2016


This IIEA policy briefing outlines the main areas in which the Irish energy sector could be affected by the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

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Two Hungarians

17 Nov 2016

‘Hungary to build “more massive” anti-migrant fence, says PM Orbán’. This headline in the Irish Independent demonstrated the remarkable contrast between two Hungarians – Miklós Németh and Viktor Orbán – and between their relationship with fences.

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Brexit, Trump… Le Pen?

17 Nov 2016


  As the debate on the implications of Brexit continues, the dramatic victory of Donald Trump in the US Presidential Elections has added a new element to an already complicated and challenging situation. As world leaders extended cautious congratulations to the President-elect Donald Trump, the comments of one European party leader struck a rather different note.

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Brexit Brief Issue 13

10 Nov 2016


Issue 13 of the IIEA’s monthly Brexit brief examines recent developments in the Brexit debate in the UK, Ireland and Europe.

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Brexit: A Special Status for Northern Ireland?

28 Oct 2016


Theresa May’s address to the Conservative Party Conference on 2 October 2016 has led many observers to believe that the UK is veering towards a ‘hard’ Brexit. This brief examines what this might mean for the Northern Irish border, and discusses some possible solutions.

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Brexit: Reactions from the Devolved Administrations to the Meeting of the Joint Ministerial Council

27 Oct 2016

On Monday, 24 October 2016, the UK Prime Minister convened a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee. This meeting, the first for more than two years, addressed the question of the UK’s EU withdrawal negotiations.

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Brexit: Commons Debate on Parliamentary Scrutiny

26 Oct 2016

One of the most controversial issues arising from the UK referendum result and the inevitable move towards an exit negotiation has been the exact role of Parliament in the process.

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Brexit: The Conservative Party Conference 2016

05 Oct 2016

The 2016 Conservative Party Conference featured a series of speeches by key figures in the Brexit debate, including Prime Minister Theresa May, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. This blog highlights the key points from each of the main speakers.

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Addressing imbalances created by digital technology a priority for EU regulators

03 Oct 2016

The conclusion recently reached by European Union (EU) Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager that Apple was the recipient of illegal state aid from the Irish government between 1991 and 2007 was not unexpected, but the scale of the order to repay €13bn in back taxes from 2003 and 2013 took many by surprise.

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