Irish economic policy for the crisis: What Next? (second session)

The second session was chaired by John McHale  now of NUIG, formerly of Queens University Canada, who I have emailed back and forth with in the past (so I was really pleased to meet him in the flesh!).

Colm McCarthy (more recently infamous for his role in an bord snip nua) talked about pensions and debt management. The audio on this one is a bit tricky as he was talking away from the camera but it is a great talk, the other segments are here ( part 2, part 3, part 4, )

Philip Lane gave a talk on on the challenges facing Ireland regarding our fiscal policy, the factors affecting Ireland (such as our EMU membership) were raised and his talk was fascinating, he also -and kudos for the honesty given that he is in the employ of the state- made the point that the public sector was something that needed to be addressed if the economy was to prosper again. The other segments are here
( part 2, part 3, part 4 )

Lastly Patrick Honohan gave a talk on banking, for me this was the focal point of the day (granted I have a serious bias in that due to self interest!). The talk gave some fascinating insight while keeping the language in terms that anybody can understand which is a skill in itself. Unfortunately I ran out of batteries and was trying to charge/film at the same time so there are some cuts in the video.
The other segments are here ( part 2, part 3, part 4 )

It was a great day and I’d like to say thanks again to the organisers and the speakers, and for the permission granted by Philip Lane and Patrick Honohan to film the event. Giving up your time and energy to ensure there is a platform for this kind of information to get out to the general public is a real benefit and a key element to being part of the solution.

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