July 25, 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

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

The conference will be of interest to 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 will begin with a business breakfast at 8am, followed by key note addresses and three panel discussions which consider 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 will close at approx. 5pm and delegates are invited to continue the conversation at a post-conference Drinks Reception and Journal Launch before closing with the 20th Anniversary Conference dinner.

Speakers include:

Martin Fraser, Secretary General, Department of the Taoiseach

David Sterling, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service

Susan McKay

Dr Katy Hayward

Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan

Matthew O’Toole

Plus many others…

Dinner Speaker will be Fintan O’Toole

A draft programme is available here!! 


**Please note that for the first time, Commercial Sponsorship Opportunities are available for the Centre for Cross Border Studies’ Conference. Please click here for more information. **


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.






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