September 21, 2019

CCBS 20th Anniversary Conference

The Good Friday / Belfast Agreement; reflecting on a 20 year journey of cross-border cooperation and plotting the path to a successful future

20th September 2019, Crowne Plaza Dundalk

Full Report to follow

This special annual conference explored if the Belfast / Good Friday Agreement has fostered growth and improved relations within and between the islands. Looking to the future, the event considered the path required to ensure that these islands and their citizens can step forward with confidence and integrity in challenging times.

The conference was attended by leaders in cross-border and cross-jurisdictional cooperation, especially those involved in the Strand 2 implementation bodies, local authority-led cross-border networks, policy-makers, political representatives, business and civic society organisations on the island of Ireland, in Britain and beyond.

This one day conference began with a business breakfast at 8am, followed by key note addresses and three panel discussions which considered the three strands of the Belfast / Good Friday Agreement.

  • (Strand 3) GFA Institutions as a framework for Brexit and good relations between the jurisdictions
  • (Strand 2) North South cooperation; past present and future landscape
  • (Strand 1) Good relations in Northern Ireland; building confidence for the future?

The event closed at around 5pm and delegates were invited to continue the conversation at a post-conference Drinks Reception and Journal Launch before closing with the 20th Anniversary Conference dinner.

The Centre gratefully acknowledges the continued support from the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Reconciliation Fund.

Recordings of the Conference Speakers are available here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20/09/19
9.00am

WELCOME
Dr Helen Johnston, Chair, Centre for Cross Border Studies

OPENING REMARKS
Dr Anthony Soares, Acting Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies

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20/09/19
9.30am

KEYNOTE SESSION
Mr Martin Fraser, Secretary General, Department of the Taoiseach
Mr David Sterling, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service
Sir Mark Sedwill, Cabinet Secretary, National Security Adviser and Head of the UK Civil Service

Q&A

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20/09/19
10.00am

PANEL DISCUSSION
MoDERAToR: Dr Katy Hayward, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr Etain Tannam, Trinity College Dublin
Ms Sarah Tiffin, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Dublin
Mr Matthew O’Toole, Independent Commentator

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20/09/19
11.30am

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Prof Duncan Morrow, Ulster University

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20/09/19
12.00pm

PANEL DISCUSSION
MoDERAToR: Mr Andy Pollak, founding Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies
Prof Kathy Hall, University College Cork
Dr Mary Murphy, University College Cork
Mr Michael D’Arcy, Ibec/CBI Northern Ireland Joint Business Council

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20/09/19
2.00pm

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Prof Cathy Gormley Heenan, Ulster University

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20/09/19
3.30pm

PANEL DISCUSSION
MoDERAToR: Mr Steven McCaffery, Communications Strategy Executive, Social Change Initiative
Ms Susan McKay, Journalist
Mr Peter Sheridan, Chief Executive, Cooperation Ireland
Ms Sarah Creighton, Independent Commentator

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20/09/19
6.00pm

DRINKS RECEPTION & JOURNAL LAUNCH by Dr Christopher Gibson, former Chair, Centre for Cross Border Studies

Generously sponsored by Dublin City University & Queen’s University Belfast

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20/09/19
7.00pm

DINNER
DINNER SPEAKER: Mr Fintan O’Toole, The Irish Times
CHAIRED By: Prof John Doyle, Dublin City University

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