Showcasing Ireland at the European Financial Forum

Posted January 27th, 2017

OVER 700 delegates attended the European Financial Forum at Dublin Castle and it was a privilege to host such a successful event, which brought international leaders from the world of finance. It was a timely opportunity to showcase what we have to offer financial services companies as an English-speaking and pro-business country with access to the EU’s single market.

As I told the Irish Times in an interview ahead of the Forum’s opening, it marked the beginning of the next phase, in which Ireland steps up its efforts to attract financial services and Fintech companies who are looking to relocate from the UK as the possible implications of Brexit become clearer.

I added: “We must now act to increase the size and capacity of Ireland’s financial sector in order to meet the needs of the European single market.”

As Minister of State with responsibility for Financial Services, I am working tirelessly to bring business and high-value jobs both to Dublin and to our regions, where so many companies are already thriving and growing.

Speaking to the blog levaris later in the week, I explained that our 2017 Action Plan for the implementation of IFS2020, our financial services strategy, placed particular emphasis on both the challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit.

The vision is to make Ireland the global location of choice when it comes to specialisation and innovation in financial services. IFS2020 will help us to make those gains and really position us internationally as a place to set up and avail of a suite of innovative and cutting-edge financial services products.

Read the full levaris interview here.

And the Irish Times interview here.

You can watch my interview with the Financial Times here.