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Economic crises past and present: lessons for Irish policy


Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 14:30 - 15:30


Online event


Free online event: booking essential

Session 2 of the RIA conversation series Perspectives and Pathways in a Time of Crisis in response to the current Covid-19 crisis.

About this Event

Covid-19 represents one of the greatest collective challenges the world has faced in modern times. Every aspect of society has been affected by the pandemic, from health to the economy and our most basic human and social values and traditions. The need for shared knowledge and understanding has never been greater as we contend with the crisis and plan for the future.

The Royal Irish Academy, Ireland’s leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities, will convene an online workshop series curated by the Academy’s Vice-President, Daniel Carey, MRIA, NUIG to address these vital questions, providing analysis and explanation for a public audience. Members of the academy, early career researchers, activists and experts from across society will be invited to join us so that we can be as inclusive and creative as possible.

The online conversations will take place throughout 2020 and bookings are now open for the second session:

Economic crises past and present: lessons for Irish policy

Ireland has suffered severe economic crises before. What lessons should be drawn from them to guide national policymakers who will now face the post-pandemic challenge of recovering lost ground in employment, incomes and finances? The event features contributions from Patrick Honohan, former governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, the economic historian Cormac Ó Gráda, and Frances Ruane, former Director of the Economic & Social Research Institute.


  • Patrick Honohan, MRIA
  • Cormac Ó Gráda, MRIA
  • Frances Ruane, MRIA
  • Chair: Mary Daly, MRIA

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