Videos of the keynote speeches by former Central Bank of Ireland governor Patrick Honohan and playwright and author Colin Murphy at last Friday’s conference at NUI Galway to mark the 1oth anniversary of the financial crisis can be found here on the website of the Whitaker Institute. I strongly recommend both. Audio podcasts of the two associated panel discussions will be posted shortly.
Jim O’Leary has an op-ed about the Local Property Tax in today’s Irish Times, based on his recent report, How (Not) To Do Public Policy: Water Charges and Local Property Tax, published by the Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway. The report was launched at a conference last month at NUI Galway featuring senior policymakers, public servants, academics and other experts who evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of the policy-making process in Ireland with a view to suggesting how the quality of policy-making might be improved. Highlights from that conference, including videos of Jim’s presentation and Robert Watt’s keynote speech as well as audio of the panel sessions can be found here on the Whitaker Institute website.
1:30pm, Friday, 28 September 2018
The Institute for Lifecourse and Society Building, NUI Galway
In the fateful decade since the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the Bank Guarantee of September 2008, much has happened in Ireland – financial crisis, deep recession, bailout by the ‘Troika’, a protracted period of austerity followed by vigorous economic recovery. But what has really changed over the last ten years? What developments in the financial and political system have taken place and what has been the cultural effect of the crisis? Will we repeat the same mistakes or find ways to avoid them? A major public event convened by the Moore Institute and Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway will examine these questions with a high profile group of participants, including keynote speeches by former Central Bank of Ireland governor Patrick Honohan and playwright and author Colin Murphy.
14:00 – 14:05
Alan Ahearne, Director, Whitaker Institute
Daniel Carey, Director, Moore Institute
14:05 – 14:15
Ciarán Ó hOgartaigh, President, NUI Galway
14.15 – 14:35
former Governor, Central Bank of Ireland
14:35 – 15:35
Chair: Ciarán Ó hOgartaigh
- Angela Knight CBE, former Chief Executive, British Bankers’ Association
- John McHale, Dean, College of Business, Public Policy & Law, NUI Galway
- Frances Ruane, former Director, Economic and Social Research Institute
15:35 – 16:00 Open discussion
16:00 – 16:20 Coffee break
16:20 – 16:40
Playwright and author
Chair: Alan Ahearne
16:40 – 17:45
Chair: Dan Carey
- Stephen Collins, former Political Editor, Irish Times
- Kate Kenny, Professor, Queen’s University Belfast
- Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Emeritus Professor in History, NUI Galway
- Fiona Ross, Chair, CIÉ
17:45 – 18:00 Open discussion
This event will take place in the ILAS Building on the north of the NUI Galway campus from 1:30-6pm. A reception with light refreshments will follow the event.
The event is free and open to the public, however those who wish to attend must pre-register.
Conference and launch of new report on water charges and the local property tax
1:30pm, Thursday, 13 September 2018
Aula Maxima, The Quadrangle, NUI Galway
Why do some public policy measures succeed while others fail? Why, for example, has the Local Property Tax been a policy success, while the attempt to introduce water charges was a policy disaster? What can we learn from successful and failed policies about the policy-making process in Ireland and how to make that process more effective?
This conference will gather senior policymakers, public servants, academics, and other experts to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the policy-making process in Ireland with a view to suggesting how the quality of policy-making might be improved. Although much analytical attention has been paid to the effects of public policies in Ireland and to the macroeconomic context in which they are set, there has been very little analysis of the policy-making process: How policies are conceived, designed, implemented, communicated, and reviewed. This conference is an attempt to address this gap. View the conference programme here.
The conference will feature the launch of a new Whitaker Institute report by economist Jim O’Leary on water charges and the local property tax. This report, meticulously researched based on exceptional access to senior policymakers, looks back forensically at these two recent policy initiatives and explores what it was about the policy-making process in each case that contributed to success or failure.
This conference is aimed at a general audience and will appeal to anyone with an interest in how public policy is made in Ireland. The event is free and open to the public, however those who wish to attend must pre-register at: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/how-not-to-do-public-policy-tickets-48552806752
The sixth annual NERI Labour Market Conference will be held on Tuesday 22 May 2018 in association with NUI Galway’s Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change. The conference will run from 10:00am -16.15pm (followed by a reception until 16.45pm) and will include research papers on various aspects of the Irish labour market and Irish labour market policy. The NERI Labour Market Conference is intended to provide a forum for the presentation of research papers on labour market issues (North and South) and is held in May each year. Presentations from researchers, academics, policy makers and labour market practitioners are invited for this forthcoming conference. Those interested should submit a title and brief abstract (max 400 words) to email@example.com Possible topics include but are not limited to any part of the following thematic areas:
- Employment, Unemployment and Labour Market Transitions (Migration, Age, Gender)
- Earnings, Labour Costs and Affordability
- Productivity, Growth and Human Capital
- Precariousness, Low Pay, Working Conditions and Job Quality
- Labour Market Participation and Activation, Demographics and Labour Supply
- Labour Market Institutions: Minimum/Living Wages, Collective Bargaining, Workplace Regimes
- Distribution and Labour Market Inequalities, Fiscal Policy and the Labour Market
- Pensions and Pensions Policy
Registration The conference is open to all who are interested and is free to attend. However, you must register your intention to attend the conference by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission Deadline: 13 April 2018 (Friday)
Notification of Acceptance: 24 April 2018 (Tuesday)
Registration Deadline: 18 May 2018 (Friday)
Conference Date: 22 May 2018 (Tuesday)
T.K. Whitaker, voted the Irishman of the 20th Century, is widely regarded as the architect of modern Ireland. A brilliant and dedicated public servant, his seminal 1958 blueprint for economic development transformed the Irish economy and set the course for an open Ireland to prosper in a globalised world. Dr Whitaker also played a pivotal role in the search for peace in Northern Ireland, and in the modernisation of Ireland’s public sector.
Today marks a very special occasion as we honour and pay tribute to 100 years of T.K. Whitaker. In today’s Irish Times, I write about why Whitaker’s work is as relevant as ever to today’s Ireland. And at the Whitaker Institute, leading academics speak about Whitaker’s legacy. And there is this great video from the Central Bank of Ireland celebrating 100 years of Whitaker. Breithlá Sona!
Today’s Irish Times carries a wide-ranging interview with Central Bank of Ireland governor Philip Lane here.