On June 23rd 2016, the electorate of the United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. The outcome was a surprise to commentators and experts in the UK and Ireland.
Three weeks later, on the morning of July 13th 2016, on the day Theresa May became the British Prime Minister, Dublin City Council’s Enterprise and Economic Development Strategic Policy Committee and Local Enterprise Office hosted a Brexit Summit in the Council Chamber of City Hall.
The Summit focused on the potential challenges and opportunities facing Dublin City following the referendum. Representatives of the Irish and British Governments, elected members of Dublin City Council and representatives from a cross section of relevant business and economic stakeholders in the city attended the summit.
Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister of State for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement, and the British Ambassador to Ireland Dominick Chilcott, represented the Irish and British governments, respectively. The Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr, John McGrane of the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce and Dan O’Brien of the Institute of International and European Affairs were also among the key contributors.
In the first public initiative of its kind in Ireland, participants discussed the broad range of challenges and opportunities facing Ireland and Dublin in particular, presented by the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.
While it quickly became apparent that there were a number of opportunities arising from the UK’s departure, there was no doubting the level of challenge identified across many sectors throughout the meeting.
We hope this outcome report and the recorded webcast proves useful to national negotiators before and after the official triggering of Article 50 negotiations.
Cllr Paul McAuliffe
Chairperson, Enterprise and Economic Development Strategic Policy Committee, Dublin City Council
Webcast – Dublin Brexit Summit (Wed, 13th Jul 2016 – 10:00 am) Available at: