Leading Irish law firm Matheson, together with UCD Sutherland School of Law, hosted a morning seminar for senior executives and general counsel working in the agri-food and beverage sectors on 4th October 2018. The event, entitled Cultivating New Opportunities: The Agri-Food and Beverage Perspective on Brexit and China, assessed the challenges and opportunities facing the agri-food and beverage sectors as a result of Brexit.
The sector, which employs over 250,000 people directly and indirectly, is central to Ireland’s export-led growth strategy. Asian markets, particularly China, present significant opportunities for these sectors, in 2017 alone exports to Asia grew 6% to €850 million.
Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine delivered the keynote address at the seminar, taking place in the new UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland at University College Dublin. Business leaders from the agri-food and beverage sectors and leading academics in the fields of law, economics, food and agriculture also shared their insights.
Tim Scanlon, Partnership Chairman, Matheson commented: “Today’s conference has reflected the unique set of challenges which Brexit presents for the Irish agri-food and beverage sector – but it has also shown the commitment, drive and determination of the sector to meet those challenges full on and to harness any potential opportunities that may arise.”
Speaking at the conference, Professor Imelda Maher, UCD Dean of Law remarked: “Whatever the final agreement between the UK and the EU after Brexit, it marks a major legal, political and economic challenge for Ireland. The disruption also points the way to opportunities, with UCD research shedding light on those new avenues across law, society, economy and culture. We are pleased to host this forum with Matheson, a close collaborator and valued supporter of UCD Sutherland School of Law.”
UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports alumnus Paul O’Donovan and his brother Gary have won gold in the men’s lightweight double sculls at the World Championship Regatta in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. This follows a summer of sporting successes for the pair, who also won the final of the men’s lightweight double sculls at the 2018 World Rowing Cup in July.
The talented brothers claimed a silver medal for Ireland in the lightweight men’s double at the European Championships over the August bank holiday weekend.
As a UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports scholar, Paul, and his brother Gary, made history in 2016 when they became the first ever Irish rowers to win a medal at the Olympics, taking silver in the lightweight men’s double sculls final at the Summer Games in Rio. Paul has recently graduated from UCD’s School of Public Health Physiotherapy and Sports Science, and is now pursuing further study at University College Cork.
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