Seamus Coffey: Reasons to be cheerful parts one, two and three

At the risk of setting up Seamus for apoplectic rage in comments, he nicely gathers together much of the recent good news on the Irish economy in an article for the Evening Echo.   The text of the article can be accessed via his excellent Economic Incentives website here.   We still face serious challenges, as Seamus clearly notes, but it is no harm to accentuate the positive every now and then.


This event will take place on October 13th at the Radisson Blu Hotel (Golden Lane, Dublin).  To confirm attendance, email patricia.kearney at

8.45 – 9.00 Opening Remarks

Patrick Honohan, Governor, Central Bank of Ireland

9.00 – 11.15 Session 1: Estimates of house prices and negative equity

Chair: Gregory Connor, NUI Maynooth

Paper 1: Negative equity and regional house prices in the Irish market”

Gerard Kennedy and Tara McIndoe Calder, Central Bank of Ireland

Paper 2: “Who has negative equity? Some insights from loan level micro-data”

David Duffy and Niall O’Hanlon,

Economic & Social Research Institute and Central Statistics Office

Paper 3: “Decomposition of Irish house prices 2000-2010”

Yvonne McCarthy and Kieran McQuinn, Central Bank of Ireland

Discussant: Ronan Lyons, Balliol College and Department of Economics,


Priority is to get people back to work

Today’s article in the Irish Times series is by John O’Hagan – you can read it here.

Vacancy: Secretary General of Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Details are here.

Perspectives on the Irish Economy

The Irish Times is running a series of articles this week, which draw on the latest edition of The Economy of Ireland book (edited by John O’Hagan and Carol Newman).  Today’s contribution is by Jonathan Haughton – you can read it here.