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Lunch Bites @ the IoD Webinar: Challenges and Opportunities for Irelands Economy

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Professor Alan Ahearne

Professor Alan Ahearne, Director of the Whitaker Institute, and Professor of Economics at NUI Galway

Lunch Bites @ the IoD Webinar: Challenges and Opportunities for Irelands Economy

30 July 2020 12:00pm

In our next Lunch Bites @ the IoD webinar, Professor Alan Ahearne will address the COVID-19 crisis, which has driven the global and Irish economies into a steep recession. Public-facing elements of the economy have been the most affected by the Government's measures, implemented to contain the pandemic. These include, hotels, bars, restaurants, leisure, personal services and tourism. These sectors are dominated by domestic SMEs and micro businesses.

Over the course of the webinar, Alan will address the following key questions:

  • What does the most recent data tell us about the state of the Irish economy and the prospects for economic recovery?
  • What are the possible paths and obstacles to recovery?

Please note, attendees will be able to participate in a live Q&A session during the webinar. 

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Professor Alan Ahearne

Professor Alan Ahearne

Director of the Whitaker Institute, and Professor of Economics at NUI Galway

Alan Ahearne is Director of the Whitaker Institute, and Professor of Economics at NUI Galway.

Alan is Chair of the Central Bank of Ireland's Risk Committee, having served as a member of the Central Bank Commission for nine years. He is Chair of the Department of Finance/ESRI Joint Research Programme on the Macroeconomy, Taxation & Banking. Alan is also a member of the External Advisory Group to the Parliamentary Budget Office.

He has served as Adviser to the IMF, Consultant to the UK’s Department for International Development, and as a Research Fellow at Bruegel. Alan served as Special Adviser to Ireland’s former Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan from 2009 to 2011

Alan obtained his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, and worked at the Federal Reserve (Fed) Board in Washington DC for seven years. At the Fed, he advised Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke and other Fed Governors on developments in the global economy. 


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