On Monday 26th February over a hundred policy makers, industry leaders and analysts gathered in the InterContinental Hotel, Dublin 4 for the launch of the Chamber’s #AGENDA2018 policy series, sponsored by KPMG and Ulster Bank. The first Seminar entitled ‘Developing Infrastructure Fit for Purpose’ was an opportunity for national stakeholders such as the National Transport Authority, Engineers Ireland and CBRE to respond to the Government’s newly published National Planning Framework and National Development Plan ‘Ireland 2040: Building Ireland’s Future’. The clear message from the seminar was that to protect Irish exports to the UK, the Government would need to invest in ports, airports, railways, water, healthcare and broadband as a matter of urgency.
The keynote address was given by Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, who commended the Chamber for its submission to the National Development Plan through its ‘Infrastructure Priorities’ Paper, he also spoke in detail about the development of a Land Regeneration and Development Agency, two new Regeneration funds and the establishment of an Infrastructure Steering Committee to monitor the plan’s implementation. The Seminar also focused on the need to develop Infrastructure links between Britain and Ireland and how a bilateral Infrastructure Forum should be established to ensure maximum cooperation between these islands to mitigate against any post-Brexit disruption. The Seminar was moderated by Michele Connolly, Head of Corporate Finance, KPMG and the Panelists were:
- Holly Anderson, Element Power (Greenlink Interconnector)
- Gerry Culligan, Commercial Director, Irish Rail
- Dr Kieran Feighan, President, Engineers Ireland
- Sean Finlay, Chair of the British Irish Chamber’s Infrastructure Committee
- Anne Graham, CEO, National Transport Authority
- Marie Hunt, Executive Director, Research, CBRE
- Dr Mary Kerins, daa
- Fergal Mulligan, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE)
- Cormac Murphy, Head of the European Investment Bank, Dublin Office
- Julia Williams, Policy, Planning and Partnership Division, Welsh Government.
The Seminar was streamed online and trended on Twitter with #Agenda2018.
Online Media Coverage Included:
‘Investment ‘critical’ in protecting Ireland’s exports and jobs after Brexit’
National plan based on a ‘worst-case Brexit’
Irish Rail plans for post-Brexit checks on Dublin-Belfast train
The Chamber is also seeking comments and feedback regarding Project Ireland 2040 from its members. Should you have any feedback on the Project, please email Paul Lynam, Head of Sectoral Policy at email@example.com.