On Wednesday, November 2, the Government hosted the initial meeting of an All-Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit. This was an all-day event, the purpose of which was to facilitate discussion on the issues that will impact Ireland's position on the Brexit negotiations, and allow for civic bodies to input into that. To ensure the widest representation possible, attendance at the Conference was at the invitation of the Taoiseach and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. Of the 300 people in attendance, there was strong representation from business, employer and trade union organisations, farming organisations, community and voluntary NGOs, political parties, local authorities from the border region, key Government agencies, particularly those with a North/South dimension and certain academic institutions. Given the PRII's engagement in this area, the PRII was invited to attend and was represented on the day by CEO, John Carroll.
The contributions from the various speakers over the course of the day can be accessed on MerrionStreet.ie. Following this initial engagement, the Government have advised that there will be a series of sectoral engagements over the coming months and that the overall group will be reconvened in early 2017. They are also seeking contributions from organisations with views on Brexit; those that wish to avail of this opportunity are requested to email Loading... with their submissions.
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