Lords EU Committee to visit Belfast, Dublin and Derry/Londonderry as part of inquiry into Brexit and UK/Irish relations

29 January 2018


Members of the House of Lords EU Committee will this week take evidence in Belfast, Dublin and Derry/Londonderry as part of its follow-up inquiry into the impact of Brexit on UK/Ireland relations.

The Committee will hear evidence from a range of politicians, business, civil society and academic experts to better understand the impact of Brexit on both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and to get an up to date view on the issues following the completion of stage one of the UK/EU Brexit negotiations.

The Committee will take evidence over three days from a range of witnesses. The full details of the public evidence sessions are:

Tuesday 30 January - Dublin

09:15-10:15  

  • Eoin O’Neill, President, British Irish Chamber of Commerce;
  • Danny McCoy, CEO, Ibec;
  • Aidan Flynn, General Manager, FTA Ireland

13:45-14:45  

  • Rodney Doyle,
  • Dr Ann Hogan, President, Irish Medical Association
  • Joe Healy, President, Irish Farmers’ Association

16:00-17:00

  • Dr Mary C Murphy, Lecturer in Politics, Department of Government, University College Cork;
  • Professor John Doyle, Director of the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction, Dublin City University
  • Professor Gavin Barrett, Jean Monnet Professor of European Constitutional and Economic Law, University College Dublin

Wednesday 31 January – Belfast

09:45-10:45 – Room 30, Parliament Building, Stormont

  • Tina McKenzie, Federation of Small Businesses
  • Wesley Aston, Chief Executive, Ulster Farmers Union
  • Suzanne Hill, CEO, Handel Export Consulting
  • Maurice Bullick, Finance Director, Belfast Harbour Commissioners

11:00-12:00 – Room 30, Parliament Building, Stormont 

  • George Hamilton QPM, Chief Constable, PSNI

12:15-13:15 – Room 30, Parliament Buildings, Stormont

  • Michelle O’Neill MLA, Sinn Féin Leader in the Northern Ireland Assembly

15:00-16:00 – Room 30, Parliament Building, Stormont 

  • Ruth Taillon, Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies
  • Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive, Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)

16:00-17:00 - Room 30, Parliament Building, Stormont

  • Dr Katy Hayward, Reader in Sociology, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Professor Neil Gibson, Chief Economist – Ireland, Ernst and Young LLP
  • Professor Duncan Morrow, Lecturer in Politics, Ulster University

17:00-18:00 – Room 30, Parliament Buildings, Stormont

  • Sammy Wilson MP, Shadow Spokesman (Brexit), DUP

Thursday 1 February – Derry/ Londonderry

08:00-09:30 – Guildhall Derry

  • John Kelpie Chief Executive Derry City and Strabane District Council
  • Michael Gallagher, Economist, Derry City and Strabane District Council
  • Jennifer McKeever, President, Londonderry Chambers of Commerce
  • John O’Connell, Programme Director, Optum Ireland

Later in the day, the Committee will visit the border region between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, visiting local businesses and service providers to hear first-hand the potential impact of any changes to the current border arrangements.

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