What they said about 'Brexit'
Published 04/07/2016 | 02:30
"Ireland has just been handed one of its luckiest breaks. Britain has handed us... the opportunity to be the Anglo-American world's investment location of choice.
"We are the obvious candidate to best profit from England's self-inflicted misery. We are in the same part of the world, speak the same language and, to all intents and purposes, for the vast majority of humans, are quasi-British. Yet we are a safe harbour in all this chaos..."
- David McWilliams, economist
"In my opinion, there will be a spill-over effect for us. I do think a lot of companies based in London now will need a Euro base. Dublin is well placed for that because it is English-speaking and there is a healthy out-turn of university graduates."
- Developer Michael O'Flynn
"The best Ireland could hope for is that Britain, after reflecting on the complexities and prolonged uncertainty of negotiating a wholly new trade agreement from scratch, would conclude that it should apply to join the European Economic Area."
- John Bruton, former Taoiseach and EU Ambassador to the US
"There has to be a positive there for Ireland. If an American-Asian company or bank wants to launch into Europe from an English-speaking base, then Ireland is the place."
- Paddy McKillen, businessman
"With uncertainty comes opportunity and there are also potential upsides for Irish businesses to capitalise on Brexit through well-chosen mergers and acquisitions activity."
- Anya Cummins, partner, Corporate Finance, Deloitte