• Nov 26, 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location: Zoom
  • Latest Activity: Nov 26, 2020

Join us on Thursday 26th November at 7pm(GMT) for what will be a lively panel discussion on Brexit and its implications. Are we heading for a No Deal? 

This event is in association with the London Irish Centre 

Zoom link for event:


Our erudite panel will include

Ella Whelana freelance journalist, commentator and author of What women Want: Fun Freedom and an End of Feminism 

Mike O'Connor CBE, Trustee of the London Irish Centre and former Private Secretary to numerous Ministers.  

Dr Pat Ivory PHd , Director, EU & International Affairs at Ibec. 

Discussions will be chaired by IIBN Dublin Board member Susan Hayes-Culleton, CEO of BeckSearch. 

Ellen Ryan, CEO, the London Irish Centre will say a few words at the beginning of proceedings about the London Irish Centre’s Christmas Appeal.  

Here is the link 



Ella Whelan is a freelance journalist, commentator and author of What Women Want: Fun, Freedom and an End to Feminism. Ella was the assistant editor at spiked and host of the spiked podcast between 2015-2018She regularly appears on TV and radio, including Question Time, Today, Sky News Press Preview, GMB, Any Questions, Moral Maze, Politics Live, Channel 4 and others. She has written for the Sunday Times, The Economist, the Irish Times, the Sun, Conscience, the Spectator, City Am, the IBT, The Critic, Grazia, Standpoint and others. Her interviews, including Slavoj Zizek, Fiona Shaw, Camille Paglia and Lionel Shriver, were published in the spiked review. Ella is represented by Northbank Talent Management. In 2019, Ella was the co-convenor of the Battle of Ideas festival at the Barbican in central London.

Mike O'Connor CBE, Trustee of the London Irish Centre. Mike has held CEO posts in public and voluntary bodies since 1989.  Up until his retirement from full time work at the start of 2018, he was CEO of StepChange Debt Charity, the UK’s largest debt advice charity employing 1,500 staff and helping more than 600,000 people each year.  Previous to that he was: CEO at Consumer Focus, the statutory body which worked with governments and companies to help consumers get a fair deal;  the Olympic Lottery Distributor and the Millennium Commission where he was responsible for an investment programme totalling more than £4,000 million in public infrastructure projects. He worked at a senior level in Government with his early career in the Department of Health, where he was the Private Secretary to two Ministers for Health, and in HM Treasury and Cabinet Office.  Other posts included Director for Developed Economies at Consumers International, an international federation of consumer bodies which campaigns for consumers’ rights across the world.  He has degrees in natural and social science and has sat on the boards of major voluntary organisations.  For eight years he was a Trustee of the Mental Health Foundation.  He is currently a member of the Advertising Standards Authority Advisory Committee and Vice Chair of the London Irish Centre Charity.  He received a CBE for Public Service in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2000 and he is a founding member of the Council of Fellows of the University of Keele


Dr Paul Ivory PHd, Director, EU & International Affairs (2016 to date). With Ibec since 2004 in a range of senior roles. Advises and represents the interests of leading Irish companies and MNCs across an extensive range of business sectors, and at national, European and international level. PhD (DCU), MLitt International Economics (TCD), BA Economics (TCD), completed leadership programs in the Management Centre Europe and the UCD Smurfit Business School. Vice Chair of the committees of BusinessEurope and Business at the OECD that promote international trade in goods and services’

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  • Thanks Jane, Thats Thanksgiving Day over here - but I will try.

  • Can you please confirm the time. Is it 7AM or 7PM???

    • Hi Karen,

      It's 7pm (London time).  Hope you can join us!


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