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IBIS ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2005

Implementing the Agreement: The North-South Bodies Five Years On

UCD Industry Centre
27 May 2005

Pictured at the conference were (l-r): Dr Peter Smyth, Joint Secretary, North/South Secretariat; Mr Noel Dorr, Chair of IBIS (former Secretary-General, Dept of Foreign Affairs; An Taoiseach, Mr Bertie Ahern, TD; Dr Hugh Brady, President, UCD and Mr Tim O'Connor, Joint Secretary, North/South Secretariat

Pictured at the conference were (l-r): Dr Peter Smyth, Joint Secretary, North/South Secretariat; Mr Noel Dorr, Chair of IBIS (former Secretary-General, Dept of Foreign Affairs; An Taoiseach, Mr Bertie Ahern, TD; Dr Hugh Brady, President, UCD and Mr Tim O'Connor, Joint Secretary, North/South Secretariat

This year's IBIS conference took place as part of the north-south research project Mapping Frontiers, Plotting Pathways: routes to North-South co-operation in a divided island. The conference took place on Friday 27 May in the Industry Centre on UCD's Belfield campus. An Taoiseach, Mr Bertie Ahern, TD opened the conference with a keynote address on "The Future of North-South co-operation" (available on the Department of the Taoiseach's website under Press: see www.taoiseach.gov.ie)

An audience of some 150 academics, civil servants from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, NGO and civil society representatives, embassies and others enjoyed presentations from those involved at the coalface of North-South cooperation on the island. These included the joint secretaries of the North/Ministerial Council secretariat, based in Armagh, senior representatives of all of the North-South implementation bodies and Lord Laird of Artigarvan, former Chair of the Ulster-Scots Agency.

An overview of the Mapping Frontiers, Plotting pathways project is available to download here (pdf).

Copies of the powerpoint presentations or textual addresses given by the majority of conference speakers are available to download below (pdf). Please note the size of some of these documents before attempting to download.

 Powerpoint Presentations  
Tim O'Connor, Joint Secretary: North/South Secretariat  The Establishment of the North/South Ministerial Council and the North/South Bodies
Aidan Gough, Strategy and Policy Director InterTradeIreland
Pat Colgan, Chief Executive Special EU Programmes Body
Derick Anderson, Chief Executive Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission (Loughs Agency) 1.49MB
Martin Dennany, Director of Marketing and Communications Waterways Ireland
Martin Higgins, Chief Executive SafeFood
Dr Sean O Cearnaigh, Programme Manager, Corporate Planning Foras na Gaeilge
George Patton, Chief Executive Ulster-Scots Agency
Niall Gibbons, Director of Corporate Services Tourism Ireland