Brexit Imperatives

Brexit Imperatives

Brexit: The Imperatives for Irish Farmers and the Agri-Food Sector

A major IFA event bringing together political leaders at Irish and EU level, as well as key stakeholders in the Irish farming and food sector, who will set out the critical areas for Ireland in the negotiations and what must be delivered to secure the interests of the farming and agri-food sector in the years ahead.

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Registration & Tea/Coffee

10.45 am
Welcome and Forum Introduction from Damian McDonald, IFA Director General

Morning Sessions

10.50 am

Session 1: Setting the Scene

Keynote Address – The EU’s Negotiation Position
Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

The Imperatives for Irish Farmers in the Negotiations
Joe Healy, IFA President

12.15 pm

Session 2: What now for the EU 27 and the UK? 


  • Gavin Barrett, Jean Monnet Professor of European Constitutional and Economic Law, UCD
  • Barclay Bell, President of the Ulster Farmers’ Union
  • Rowena Dwyer, IFA Chief Economist
  • Mairead McGuinness, First Vice-President of the European Parliament
  • Martin Merrild, President, COPA

1.15 pm


Afternoon Sessions

2.30 pm

Message from FBD
Fiona Muldoon, FBD, Chief Executive

2.45 pm

Session 3: Securing the Interests of the Irish Farmer
Address by Michael Creed, TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine


Session 4: What now for Irish Farmers and the Agri-Food Sector?


  • Niall Browne, CEO, Dawn Meats
  • Kevin Lane, CEO, Ornua
  • Tara McCarthy, CEO, Bord Bia
  • Sean O’Leary, IFA Dairy Chairman
  • Angus Woods, IFA Livestock Chairman

4.30 pm

Key Messages
Joe Healy, IFA President 


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