Final Programme for Irish Economy Conference

This Friday January 27th in Croke Park we will hold a conference on the Irish Economy. This conference is one of a sequence of Dublin Economic Workshop meetings in collaboration with the Universities (in this case UCD Geary Institute and UL). The conference programme is below. Registration will begin at 8.30 on Friday morning, with the first two sessions beginning at 9am. The final panel session is expected to finish at 6pm.

A few housekeeping issues.

RSVPS. In case there are late RSVPs or cancellations, please email If you haven’t received confirmation of attendance, please get in touch with Clare so she can add you to list.

Getting there. The conference will take place in the Croke Park Conference centre. The centre is accessible by public transport, with Dart, Bus and Luas lines within a 15-minute walk -please see here for further details.

There is also complimentary car parking for conference attendees on a first come first served basis. The closest car park to the conference centre is the Canal car park, on St Margaret’s Avenue off the North Circular road.

Location. The conference will take place in the Hogan Mezzanine Suite. Access to the suite is through the Jones’ Street entrance to the Hogan Stand, across from the Croke Park Hotel. There will be signs directing you to the suite upon entering the stadium, and there are lifts available.

Catering. There will be coffee breaks at two stages during the day. Please note that lunch will not be provided, but you will be able to avail of catering facilities at the centre.

Social Media. There is complimentary wi-fi access at the conference centre, and for those of you on twitter, we will be using the hashtag #ieconf throughout the day. We’ll aggregate the tweets on the Irish Economy liveblog.

Irish Economy Conference Programme, Croke Park, Dublin – January 27th 2012


Registration and Opening


Economic Policy and Evaluation

Property Market

Chair: Donal DeButleir (IFPRC)

Tom Healy (CERU) – “Researching Alternative Economic Policies.”

Frank Convery (UCD & IFPRC) – “Doing more good than harm – economists in the public service.”

Frances Ruane (ESRI) – “Evaluation – Contextual  and Methodological Challenges.”

Robert Watt (Department PER) – “Improving Policy-Making Capacity.”

Chair: Stephen Kinsella (UL)

Ronan Lyons (Oxford) – “Residential Site Value Tax in Ireland: Land Values, Implementation & Revenues.”

Michelle Norris (UCD) – “Borrowers’ Pathways through Mortgage Arrears.”

Rob Kitchin (NUIM) – “Prospects for the Irish Property Market.”






Chair: Minister Joan Burton T.D.

David Bell (Stirling) – “Unemployment in the Great Recession: More Misery for the Young?”

Aedin Doris (NUI Maynooth) – “Employment and Unemployment: What do Sectoral and Demographic Patterns Tell Us?”

Philip O’Connell (ESRI) – “The Impact of Training Programme Type and Duration on the Employment Chances of the Unemployed in Ireland.”

Chair: Kevin Denny (UCD)

Orla Doyle (UCD) – “Early Educational Investment as an Economic Recovery Strategy.”

Alan Barrett/Irene Mosca (ESRI) – “The Costs of Emigration to the Individual: Evidence from Ireland’s Older Adults.”

Brendan Walsh (UCD) –“Well Being and Economic Conditions in Ireland.”




Banking and Euro

Economic Recovery – Can Competition, Regulation and Privatisation Help?

Chair: Constantin Gurdgiev (TCD)

Brian Lucey (TCD) – “Banking in Ireland – Back to the Future.”

Frank Barry (TCD) – “Rectifying Design Flaws in the Euro Project”

Karl Whelan (UCD) – The IBRC, ELA, Promissory Notes and All That …

Chair: Cathal Guiomard (CAR)

Richard Tol (Sussex) – “Energy Regulation in Ireland – Some Current Weaknesses and Lessons for Recovery.”

John Fingleton (UK Office of Fair Trading) – “Economic Growth – How Can Competition Policy Help?”

Doug Andrew (former London Airport regulator) – “Governance, Ownership and Reform.”




Fiscal Policy

Chair: Dan O’Brien (Irish Times)

Philip Lane (TCD) – “Ireland and The Fiscal Compact.”

John McHale (NUIG) – “Strengthening Ireland’s Fiscal Institutions.”

Seamus Coffey (UCC) – “Current and Capital Expenditure: Getting the Balance Right.”

Colm McCarthy (UCD) – “Public Capital Investment and Fiscal Stabilization.”


Panel Session on Irish Economy

By Stephen Kinsella

Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Limerick.

21 replies on “Final Programme for Irish Economy Conference”

Did anything come of this ?
In the August Parry newsletter there was two articles about Ireland.

In one it said “In June two safety rail enginners spent most of one day investigating the way the stourbridge line is operating ”

The second article dealing with the Waterford / Rosslare line it said “CIE has suggested a representative of Parry companies might be interested to visit Irish railways on the ground”

I wonder what the English make of us ? – all this pub talk about implosion but no Hobbits on the ground to make anything work.

If this vehicle is reliable then it would be most suitable for the Waterford / Rosslare route as it would make slower but many multiple journeys rather then just one while still saving fuel (drivers must be employed all day anyway so the slow speed is a advantage) thus connecting villages such as Bridgetown Wexford which like almost all villages of its size has seen housing development that may if not given regular public transport connections turn into 21rst century famine houses.
Indeed given the absurd settlement pattern in this state this rail transport vehicle could be used to service many older less well known closed lines such as the New Ross to Waterford line.
Thus feeding into our larger rail stations a critical mass of passengers with very little up front capital costs and also when you add in the entire costs of car purchase & maintence / Road repair / fuel inputs vary large bangs for the buck.

I’d love to go but have entered my confinement (doing my bit for the population drive don’t you know).

Sob. Have fun 🙂

I trust someone will post a lively summary of events?

@ Stephen K

No lunch?? Christ, this is austerity gone nuts. Is this what we fought for our sovereignty for, an economics seminar with no hors d’oeuvres or even a slice of cake?

Sure its crazy – but if you can come up with a idea to source & pay for rising essentials such as fuel oil , NG etc(set to be a record year for fuel imports) in a rapidly deindustrialising country when we cannot tax half our exports much , it would be much appreciated.

Answers on a Post Card to…………………
Actually I suppose yee could all dry & recycle Barrys tea bags ( Lyons are only good for one go )

Ah yes ,I can see you now Bond – cutting turf and slurping cold weak tea on a fine summers evening.


“Jones’ Street?

*Insert sarky joke about people who don’t know the northside*”

It can’t be northside. There wouldn’t be an apostrophe in it.

@Bond Eoin Bond

“No lunch?? ”

?? I thought I read something about ‘avail of the catering there’ in the details? Are the pubs safe to go to at lunchtime northside or will I need to bring my knife with me?

@ Sarah

Spot BEB.

He will be easy to spot – packed lunch !

@ PR Guy

You stick with me boy, CQB trained, no problems. 😉

Kudos to Joan Burton for attending. It just confirms that she seems the only member of this government who wants to confront the realities of this country’s situation properly. Every member of the government should be attending this, and not speaking either, but sitting in the audience listening. The line-up of panel members are by far the best voices of reason I’ve heard in this mess (give or take one or two obvious establishment voices in there). It’s all well and good us people listening to what they have to say (and most who will attend probably know and agree with their schools of thinking already), but it is our politicians – those in supposed governance of our country – that should hanging on everything they say – and implementing their advice.

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@ Sarah/Ordinary Man

cant miss me / think Dom Jolly, with a massive blackberry/Ipad attached to my ear, shouting very loudly, just cos im a banker and i can…

…actually can’t make it unfortunately, out of country!


Thanks! It’s my personal solution to the pension crisis – the traditional method of producing more children to support me in my old age.
Looking forward to live blog.


hmmmm. In Davos perhaps?

@PR Guy

“I thought I read something about ‘avail of the catering there’ in the details? Are the pubs safe to go to at lunchtime northside or will I need to bring my knife with me?”

No, they’ll probably be able to supply one. And a fork as well.

(I can recommend the Mick Wallace place at the top of Jones’s Road)

Stephen is joking about Guilbalds (unless he is planning a personally paid-for surprise). Not so much as a biscuit being given to the audience or speakers. Feels almost like we are being biased to the austerity argument.

More seriously, worth thinking how to fund future events like these. Would personally prefer to keep them free to attend but this leaves no resources for professional webcasting and so on.

@ PR Guy

“Are the pubs safe to go to at lunchtime northside or will I need to bring my knife with me?”

Ahem. I shall be there and I shall be within walking distance of home in sunny Phibsboro – where Phizzfest has just been awarded the main award
in the 2011 Irish Epic Awards.

It would be my very great pleasure to introduce you to the delights of Northside living.

Congrats to Sarah Carey.

Shh Gavin or they’ll all want to live in D7: I’d like them back across the river before nightfall.

Hope everyone has a productive and enjoyable day. I regret I can’t make it. Well done once again to the organisers (apparently relying on a shoe-string). I’ve registered my reservations, but I genuinely hope the event will inform and sustain much wider public debate.

I would like to make one prediction. Wrt to the parallel post-lunch sessions on “Banking and Euro” and “Economic Recovery – Can Competition, Regulation and Privatisation Help?” I reckon the attendance will split more than 9 to 1 in favour of the former.

This is a shame, but such is life. This is a balance sheet recession. The balance sheets of the banks and of the state are effectively under external direction if not control. The efforts to deleverage both sets of balance sheets are squeezing the economy. Apart from increased exports and favourable demographics, economic activity may be boosted only via increases in productivity and efficiency. The focus should be on the “Economic Recovery’ session, but, I fear that it won’t.

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