On Thursday 25th February PRMIA Ireland held its first event of 2015. Key note speaker Jim Power, veteran Economist, entertained and educated his audience on his chosen topic “The Risks to the Irish Economy of Brexit and a General Election in the midst of an Economic Cycle”.
Coming on the eve of General Election 2016, it proved perfect timing by well-respected economist Jim Power to outline his thoughts on both Brexit and the Irish Economy. Jim is famous for expressing his opinion, warts and all, and he did not disappoint on the night. He was passionate, forthright, honest, engaging and controversial for the large crowd that was there. In short the risks to the Irish economy are many and varied if the UK were to leave the EU, but eminently surmountable. What was of more concern to Jim was the prospect a hung Dail or divided government post-election, given that Ireland remains in a fragile state after such a difficult downturn.
Jim’s talk was followed by a robust Q&A session officiated by Alan Bluett (Partner, The Panel) and a reception afterwards to allow for networking. Monika Smatralova (Regional Director) introduced Jim on the night while Brian O’Kelly (Permanent TSB) gave an overview at the end of the various courses on offer from PRMIA.
Special thanks to KPMG for kindly hosting the event.