On Thursday, the 1st of March the London Irish Business Society hosted a lively debate on Ireland’s future relationship with the European Union. With the EU’s increasing influence over the affairs of its member states, questions continue to be raised about the merits of centralisation of certain sovereign powers to Brussels.
With it’s esteemed panel, the London Irish Business Society examined Ireland’s relationship with Europe and questioned if Europe will continue to prosper, or if small nations such as Ireland will decide to maintain certain power.
The Panel included: RTE Commentator & Economist, George Lee; FT Journalist, Vincent Boland; and Stephen Donnelly T.D. for Wicklow & East Carlow.
The evening was moderated by: Joe Lynam, BBC Correspondent.[/box]
Location: Deutsche Bank AG, Winchester House, 1 Great Winchester Street, City of London, Greater London, EC2N 2DB
George Lee has been an economic analyst and reporter at Ireland’s national broadcasting organization since 1992 and was appointed Economics Editor at RTE in 1996. He won the Journalist of the Year Award in 1998 for uncovering a major tax evasion and over-charging scandal in the National Irish Bank. Prior to his move into broadcasting, he was Senior Economist at Riada Stockbrokers, a Treasury Economist with FTI, and also worked as an economist with the Central Bank in Dublin. He is a graduate of University College Dublin and holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Vincent Boland joined Lex in 2010, based in London. He has been a foreign correspondent for the FT in Prague, Ankara and Milan, and covered international capital markets between 1997 and 2003 in London and New York, most recently as capital markets editor.
He graduated with a degree in French and History from University College Dublin and worked for Bank of Ireland in the 1980s, including five years in private client investment management. He joined the FT in 1994 after a period at The Irish Times.
Stephen Donnelly was elected as a TD for the Wicklow constituency at the 2011 general election. A graduate of University College Dublin (UCD) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Donnelly spent most of his career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Joe Lynam is a business correspondent for a variety of BBC programmes. He has frequently been the face and voice of financial and economic news during the recession, regularly reporting on the Ten O’clock News and Radio 4’s Today programme. Formerly the BBC’s Business Correspondent in Brussels, Joe now reports business news on Breakfast TV, BBC News’s 24-hour rolling news channel as well as Radio Five Live.