Monday, 17 October 2016 | 18:30 | Trinity Long Room Hub
The recent ruling by the European Commission in relation to Apple and Ireland’s tax position raises a number of questions on the post Brexit landscape for Ireland’s sovereignty, historical and cultural relationships with Europe and the US, and our reputation and sustainability in a globalized world. Speakers from Trinity College and the prominent economist and journalist David McWilliams will take a historical look at the politics of tax in the U.S, the German perspective and why Ireland is better in Europe, the alternative models to the EU and the economic case for a Brexit option for Ireland.
1. Can the centre hold? | David McWilliams
While Brexit has undoubtedly revealed the profound lack of political leadership in both main parties in the UK, not to mention the meltdown of the top brass of the Leave campaign, it has also opened up a chasm between the EU officials and the politicians of national governments. Where will Britain find new opportunities and what does all this mean for Ireland?
2. Why Ireland is better in Europe | Dr Mary Cosgrove
Mary Cosgrove, Professor in German, Trinity College Dublin, will argue that joining the EU helped transform Ireland from a nation of poor farmers to a wealthy knowledge economy, and while the multinationals are credited for creating thousands of jobs, we shouldn’t underestimate membership in the single market as a factor in our wealth generation and should be wary of actions which will further destabilize the EU region against the backdrop of a rising populist sentiment across the continent.
3. The History and Politics of Taxation in the U.S | Dr Daniel Geary
Dr Daniel Geary (Mark Pigott Associate Professor in American History, TCD) will ask ‘how did we get to the point where Apple could pay so little tax?’ He will look at this issue from the American angle, exploring the politics of taxation in the U.S since Ronald Reagan.
4. The Alternatives to EU membership for Ireland | Professor John O'Hagan
John O’Hagan, Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Trinity College Dublin, will reflect on the alternatives to the country’s membership of the EU, and the political and economic implications of Ireland leaving Europe with the UK. Dispelling some myths about the EU along the way, he will ask what are the alternatives to EU membership for Ireland?