Economic, civic and political leaders from Ireland, the UK and Europe will gather for the third annual Killarney Economic Conference which has been confirmed for Friday, January 24.

The one-day event, at The Brehon in Killarney, will see former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern reflecting on the Good Friday Agreement and the likely impact of Brexit on the future of Northern Ireland. The former Fianna Fáil leader will also share his views on the way forward for the North-South relationship.

Carwyn Jones, the former First Minister of Wales, will discuss the policy achievements of its Labour government over the last decade and the lessons Ireland can draw in areas such as language policy and sustainability.

Brexit is once again on the agenda, with key discussions based on its impact on Northern Ireland and Ireland’s economic and diplomatic relationship with Germany in a post Brexit world.

Other topics for discussion include sustainable rural development and protecting the family business in the rapidly changing economy.

Conference organiser, Dr William Sheehan, said family business is at the centre of the economy and is a principle provider of jobs, especially in rural Ireland.

“Family businesses employ around 50 of the Irish work-force. Nevertheless, they face considerable challenges. Our panel has a deep and diverse range of experience with family business,” he said.

Speakers lined up will include Ralf Litteck, CEO of the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce; Fiona Graham, Director of External Affairs and Policy at the Institute of Family Business; and John McGrane, Director-General of the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce.