FSI Annual Dinner 2016 Addresses Brexit and US Election result
With over 230 guests, FSI's 2016 annual dinner was another strong success with an excellent panel discussing the hot topic of the moment. Held in the Intercontinental hotel on 9 November with International Economist John Kay, Minister Pascal Donohoe and Independent Group Business Editor Dearbhail McDonald, the event addressed the momentous topic of the election the day before of Donald Trump as US President and also the Brexit Referendum result last June.
Some days after the Brexit result FSI had led industry with a high level seminar on the implications for Ireland. FSI's annual dinner was an opportunity to put Brexit in a broader context alongside the US election result. John Kay addressed the underlying causes of political alienation across western Europe and warned that there could be more disruption to come when France and Germany vote in general elections next year. Minister Donohoe said politicians would have to listen carefully to the signals being sent to them by voters and also said economic systems would have to demonstrate fairness in the allocation of resources if they were to remain credible. Dearbhail McDonald chaired the event.