Tackling the Crisis: Ireland, Brexit and the Future of the European Union

IIEA7th December 20161min
The UK’s withdrawal from the EU presents Ireland with a number of profound challenges, encompassing the future of the Northern Irish border, British-Irish economic and trade relations, and indeed the future relationship between Ireland and the European Union itself.

Podcast: Download the keynote audio podcast from this event here.

Transcript: Download the transcript from this event here.

About the Speech

The UK’s withdrawal from the EU presents Ireland with a number of profound challenges, encompassing the future of the Northern Irish border, British-Irish economic and trade relations, and indeed the future relationship between Ireland and the European Union itself. It also raises fundamental questions about the future of European integration. In this address to the IIEA, part of the IIEA’s All Island Leaders Lecture Series, Mr. Martin set out the Fianna Fáil position on Brexit.

About the Speaker

Micheál Martin is the leader of Fianna Fáil, and has been involved in local and national politics for over thirty years. His was first elected to Cork Corporation in 1985, before entering national politics in 1989, when he was elected TD for Cork South Central. He also served as Lord Mayor of Cork from 1992-1993, and has occupied four cabinet posts, including: Minister for Foreign Affairs (2008-2011), Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (2004-2008), Minister for Health (2000-04) and Minister for Education (1997-2000).

 

Image of Micheál Martin (c) Fianna Fáil