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DIT Lecturer presents Brexit report to An Taoiseach

Posted: 9 December, 2016

DIT Communications Lecturer, Dr Brian Murphy co-authored ‘The Brexit Report’, which was presented to An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD.

Left to right: German Ambassador to Ireland, HE Matthias Höpfner; Dr Volker Treier, German Chamber of Commerce; An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD; Ralf Lissek, German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce; Dr Brian Murphy, Dublin Institute of Technology.

The report is published under the aegis of the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce. Along with Dr Murphy, the report is co-authored by Ralf Lissek, CEO of the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce; and Dr Volker Treier, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, International and European Affairs, German Chamber of Commerce - Worldwide Network.

All three authors were in attendance at the presentation, which took place on Thursday 8 December in the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce in Fitzwilliam Square. The German Ambassador to Ireland, HE Matthias Höpfner was also present.

The findings suggest that Brexit will damage Ireland’s economic growth, affect trade and create significant job losses. The report also explains how Brexit could have consequences for Ireland’s key industries, including Agri-Food, Tourism, and the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) sector and could impinge on Ireland’s energy security.

The aim of the report is to inform the German public and decision-makers of the damage that Brexit can do to Ireland. As the report states: “The purpose of this briefing paper is to make clear how intrinsically linked the Irish and British economies are and how Ireland will unduly suffer because of Brexit if Ireland’s special circumstances are not understood in Brussels, Berlin and all of the EU capitals.”

The report will be made available to a delegation of visiting journalists from Germany’s leading media organisations, who are currently visiting Ireland. The German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce will also give a copy of the report to key-decision makers in Germany, including members of the German Parliament.