Economic Summit 2017

Opportunity from Uncertainty?

As the tentative economic recovery continues, the Irish economy is exposed to major domestic and global forces. The Brexit countdown has started and Ireland must negotiate a challenging path to protect jobs, trade and investment. Trump’s tax and trade agenda looks certain to impact foreign investment and jobs here. And, with public sector pay talks getting underway, the domestic economic agenda is no less challenging.

The Irish Times Economic Summit 2017 asks what these global forces mean for Ireland. Leading politicians and business leaders come together to address the challenges and to discuss the opportunities that may arise at this pivotal moment of political and economic change.

When and Where?

  • Date: Tues 30th May 2017
  • Time: 7:30am - 11:30am
  • Venue: The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin
  • Tickets: €225

Keynote Speaker

Paschal Donohoe Paschal Donohoe

Paschal is the Fine Gael TD for Dublin Central and the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform. Prior to his appointment as the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, he served, from July 2014-May 2016, as the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. Paschal has also held the position as the Minister for European Affairs at the Department of An Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs from July 2013-July 2014. He was elected as a TD in February 2011, where he topped the poll in Dublin Central. Prior to his election, he was a member of Seanad Éireann from 2007 to 2011. He served as member of Dublin City Council from 2004 to 2007.

Other Speakers
& Panellists

Michelle O’Neill Michelle O’Neill is the Sinn Féin Assembly Member for the constituency of Mid-Ulster and Minister for Health. She is the leader of Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland. A formidable campaigner she has championed issues of equality, autism, disability, mental health and the rights of rural dwellers since first being elected as an Assembly Member in March 2007.Michelle served in local government as a member of Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council from 2005 until 2010 - becoming the first woman to hold the position of Mayor of the Dungannon council area.
Dr Loretta O'Sullivan Dr Loretta O'Sullivan, Group Chief Economist at Bank of Ireland, heads up the Economic Research Unit and is responsible for economic analysis, including commentary, forecasts and research. She joined the Group from the Central Bank of Ireland, where she held the position of Senior Economist within the Monetary Policy & International Relations Division. Prior to that, she was a Senior Economist at the Department of Finance, during which time she was seconded for two years to the European Commission's Economic and Financial Affairs Directorate in Brussels. Loretta holds a Ph.D in Economics and a BA (Mod) in Economics and Social Studies from TCD as well as an MA in Policy, Management and Government from the University of York.
Martin McVicar Combilift is a global leader in handling and storage equipment with its flagship product, the Combilift multi-directional forklift, sold in over 80 markets worldwide. Martin McVicar co-founded Combilift in 1998 with Robert Moffett and, under his leadership, the company has become the acknowledged leading manufacturer and innovator in its sector worldwide with sales to date of over 30,000 units. Martin was the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001 and won the Overall Exporter of the Year Award in 2015 in the Irish Exporter’s Association Awards. Combilift is currently constructing a new €40 million facility and global HQ in Monaghan with an ambition to double its turnover and create a further 200 jobs by 2020.
Lorraine Griffin Lorraine leads the Deloitte Tax team as well as the multidisciplinary life sciences practice. She has worked and advised on a range of significant M&A transactions in recent years, both on the buy and sell side. She also advises a significant number of indigenous and multinational life sciences organisations on a broad range of tax issues including structuring of business operations in Ireland, transfer pricing, R&D tax credits, human capital tax issues, and debt financing arrangements. Lorraine serves on the Executive Committee of the firm.
Tom O'Connor Tom O'Connor is CEO of Version 1, specialists in IT transformation and one of the fastest growing IT Services firms in Western Europe across the UK and Ireland. As CEO, Tom is responsible for preserving and strengthening the unique Version 1 operating model and ensuring that their core values continue to underpin everything they do. Key to their growth is that Version 1 continue to prove on a daily basis that IT can make a real difference to their customers' businesses. Tom leads the next phase of their growth which includes a €90m investment for further expansion to help Version 1 achieve their ambitions to be a billion-euro company by 2025.
Simon Carswell Simon Carswell was previously Washington Correspondent with The Irish Times as well as, Finance Correspondent covering the banking crisis from 2007 to 2012. He is the author of two books Something Rotten: Irish Banking Scandals and Anglo Republic: Inside The Bank That Broke Ireland, a bestseller in 2011. He was previously a News Reporter and News Editor of The Sunday Business Post. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology, he is a regular contributor to radio and television. He was named National Journalist of the Year 2011 by the National Newspapers of Ireland for his coverage of the banking crisis for The Irish Times.
Denis Staunton Denis Staunton is London Editor of The Irish Times. He was previously Deputy Editor from 2011 – 2015. He also held the position of Foreign Editor and has served as its correspondent in Washington, Brussels and Berlin. As London Editor, he is uniquely placed to give an insight into the Westminster establishment as it grapples with managing the Brexit situation.
Ciarán Hancock Since 2013, Ciarán has worked as Finance Correspondent, covering the banking and insurance sectors.He has hosted the weekly Inside Business podcast. He joined The Irish Times in 2007 as Business Affairs Correspondent, having previously been deputy business editor of the Sunday Times Ireland edition and editor of Business & Finance magazine.

The Venue

The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin

The Shelbourne Hotel is a timeless landmark in the heart of Dublin. Magnificently renovated in 2007 and the largest 5 star hotel in Ireland it overlooks the city’s grandest square, St. Stephen’s Green.

The majestic Great Room, capable of seating up to 330, makes a stunning backdrop for any important event.

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