On Thursday 16th May 2019, the DCU Brexit Institute hosted a seminar event “Brexit & European Elections 2019” at Europe House, Dublin city centre.
The seminar opened with an ‘Interdisciplinary Scholarly Panel’ featuring DCU academics Dr. Anastasia Deligkiaouri (DCU School of Communications), Professor Gary Murphy (DCU School of Law and Government) and Dr. Rebecca Schmidt (DCU School of Law and Government).
The academic guest speakers presented the 2019 European Parliament elections in the context of Brexit and its impact upon the wider European Union policy agenda, with Professor Murphy noting the “onwards march of the European Union has been halted by the spectre of Brexit”. A wide ranging discussion followed moderated by Tony Connelly, (RTE).
A second panel featured brief presentations by each of the Dublin MEP candidates Barry Andrews (Fianna Fail/ALDE), Frances Fitzgerald TD (Fine Gael/EPP) and Alex White (Labour/S&D). Important policy issues outlined by the candidates included climate change and the environment, social equality, urban transport, economic growth and the impact of Brexit on Ireland.
A lively audience questions and answers session followed moderated by Professor Federico Fabbrini, Director of the DCU Brexit Institute.