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Patricia is the General Secretary of ICTU and became the first woman to serve in this position when she took up the post in 2015.
She is a former vice-President of SIPTU and also served as one of two vice-Presidents of Congress. A full time official with SIPTU for over 25 years, she was the first woman to serve as a national officer of the union when she was appointed vice-President, in May 2010. She has represented workers in all areas of the economy, in both the public and private sectors.
Patricia was a lead negotiator in both the Croke Park and Haddington Road agreements. She played a leading role in the Irish Ferries dispute (2005/6) and in subsequent negotiations that saw an overhaul of employment rights law and the establishment of the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA). Patricia currently serves on the boards of the Court Services, the Housing Commission and the Climate Change Advisory Council.
Danny McCoy is Chief Executive Officer of Ibec since 2009. Ibec is Ireland’s largest business representative organisation and the country’s largest lobbying group. It has 270 staff in nine locations and has 39 sectoral brands and substantial presence within the European Union through Ibec’s Brussels office.
Prior to joining Ibec, Danny was a senior economist at both the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and the Central Bank of Ireland in Dublin. He has held lecturing posts at Dublin City University, University College London, University of Oxford and Trinity College Dublin. He has been a consultant for the European Commission and the OECD. He led a European Macroeconomic Forecasting Network for the European Commission of eleven national research institutes.
He is a former President of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Engineers, member of the Trade and Investment Council, the Executive Bureau of BusinessEurope, a member of MaREI, a founder of ChapterZero Ireland, member of Balance for Better Business council.
His academic work in the early 1990s covered carbon taxation and Sustainable Development for which he received a ESR scholarship and the Barrington Medal.
He was Knighted by the Italian Government in 2022 for services to European business and economy.
Adam Lambe is a passionate youth activist who is particularly interested in issues of education and youth participation on a European scale. Adam has represented Ireland at 3 consecutive EU Youth Conferences and intervened at an Informal Meeting of Ministers of Education and Youth. Adam is also a trainer with the Council of Europe and the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions working with student activists on an European level.
Neil McDonnell joined ISME as Chief Executive in 2016. He previously served as an officer in the Irish Defence Forces. He managed petroleum distribution operations for 12 years in Ireland for ExxonMobil, Topaz and smaller domestic customers. He joined FTA Ireland as country general manager in 2013 representing the logistics and distribution sectors. Since joining ISME, Neil has been active on the issues of insurance costs for small business, the introduction of a perjury act to tackle white collar crime, and the need for a comprehensive reform of Irish indigenous industrial policy.
Dominic MacSorley is the Chief Executive Officer of Concern Worldwide, Ireland’s largest international humanitarian and development organisation that operates in 24 of the world’s poorest countries.
Dominic studied law at Queen’s University Belfast before joining Concern in 1982 as part of their extensive refugee operations on the Thai/Cambodian border. Over the next three decades he went on to lead Concern’s responses to some of the world’s most devastating humanitarian emergencies including Rwanda, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti and Iraq.
Prior to his appointment as CEO in 2013, Dominic represented Concern at the UN in New York and with major donors in Washington DC and continues to serve on the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, the highest-level humanitarian coordination forum.
Dominic was awarded an OBE in 2009 in recognition of his services to international humanitarian aid and, two years later, was honoured by the Northern Ireland All Party Group on International Development for his outstanding contribution to international humanitarianism. As an experienced humanitarian, Dominic remains passionately committed to social justice and the end to global hunger and poverty.
Frances Fitzgerald is an MEP for Dublin City and County and a Vice-President of the EPP Group in the European Parliament.
Prior to her election to the European Parliament in 2019, Frances served as a Fine Gael Parliamentarian for over 20 years. She served as a Senator and T.D. in Dublin Mid-West (2007-2019) and has previously served as a Fine Gael T.D. in Dublin South East (1992-2002).
She most recently served as Tánaiste (2016-17), one of only four women to have ever held this position. She has also served as Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation (2017); Minister for Justice & Equality (2014-17) and was the State’s first Minister for Children & Youth Affairs (2011-14).
Prior to her election to the Dáil, Frances served as Chair of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (1988-92) and Vice President of the European Women’s Lobby.
Frances was elected to the European Parliament in 2019 as part of the European People’s Party (EPP) Delegation. She is a full member of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM) and the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) and a substitute member of the Development Committee (DEVE) and the Committee on Pegasus spyware. Frances also serves as EPP spokesperson for the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee.
A former Irish Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry, Billy was elected to the European Parliament in 2019, representing the people of Ireland South. Prior to his election, Billy was his party’s national spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation and led his party’s work on amending the Constitution with regard to abortion rights.
Serving as a full member of the ECON and FISC committees, Billy is particularly interested in retail financial services and consumer rights, the digitalisation and greening of the economy, and macro-economic and taxation policies.
Additionally, Billy serves as a substitute member of the ENVI committee, responsible for health and environmental issues, and of the special COVI Committee which looks at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lessons that should be learned. Billy was also a full member of the ANIT committee, which conducted an inquiry into the protection of animals in transport.
Emmet Ryan is an editor and columnist at the Business Post and BallinEurope.com. He is the published author of I Like it Loud: A basketball tour through Europe, and the Gaelic football books Tactics not Passion and Victory loves Preparation. Emmet was the winner of the Alumni award at the 2014 Business Journalist Awards and won Business Interview of the Year in 2015. He was a finalist in the Sports category at Blog Awards Ireland in 2012, 2014, and 2015.