Ireland’s Economic Crisis – Time to Act. Essays from the 2009 MacGill Summer School

Edited by : Joe Mulholland and Finbarr Bradley

Publication Date 24th, October, 2009

ISBN 978-1-904505-43-3

Cost €25.00

Ireland’s economic crisis requires a radical transformation in policymaking. In this volume, political, industrial, academic, trade union and business leaders and commentators tell the story of the Irish economy and its rise and fall.More important, taking into account the strengths that Ireland still has, they look to the future and plot the path towards recovery. Contributions at Glenties range from policy, vision and context to practical suggestions on how the country can emerge from its crisis. The economic paradise may be lost but it is the thrust of these essays that a realistic development path can be sustained – provided the right policies are implemented fearlessly, courageously and with integrity.



Martina Anderson MLA
Dr Peter Bacon
Prof. Fridrik Baldursson
David Begg
Dan Boyle
Dr Finbarr Bradley
Dara Calleary TD
Mary Cloake
Mary Coughlan TD
Simon Coveney TD
Lucinda Creighton TD
Paul Dowling
Alan Dukes
Michael Fitzgerald
Frank Flannery
Jeremy Gilbert
Eamon Gilmore TD
Dermot Gleeson SC
Brian Hayes TD
Prof. John Hegarty
Prof. Patrick Honohan
George Lee TD
Brian Lenihan TD
Fiach Mac Conghail
Pádraig MacLochlainn
Dr Martin Mansergh TD
Dr Diarmuid Martin
Mícheál Martin TD
Annette Hughes
Enda Kenny TD
Angela Kerins
Colm McCarthy
Danny McCoy
Patricia McKenna
Michael McLoone
Peter McLoone
Pádraig McManus
David Murphy
Martin Murphy
Jim O’Hara
David O’Sullivan
Michael O’Sullivan
Prof. Rowena Pecchenino
Ruairí Quinn TD
Dr Don Thornhill
Brendan Tuohy
Prof. Karl Whelan
Noel Whelan SC

Editor Biographies:
Joe Mulholland has been Director of the MacGill Summer School for most of its 29 years. With a local committee in Glenties, he founded the School in 1981. Born in Donegal, he was educated in Donegal, the UK and France. He joined Radio Telefís Éireann in 1970 and has held senior positions in the organization as well as being several times an award-winning producer of television documentaries. He has been a regulator contributor to the French media including the influential daily, Le Monde, and was Chairman of the News Group of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) 1993-7. He was Chairman of Radio Television Kosovo(RTK) 2001-2. He is currently Chairman of the National College of Art & Design (NCAD). He was one of the recipients of an AIB Donegal Person of the Year award in 2002 and last year was elected Donegal Person of the Year 2008-9.


Finbarr Bradley is a former professor at DCU, NUI Maynooth and UCD. Educated at North Monastery, Cork, UCC (electrical engineering), Syracuse University (MBA) and New York University (PhD), he manages innovation learning communities in several Irish and international companies. As professor of finance at DCU, Finbarr developed key graduate programme for IFSC executives. He set up the innovative Centre, Fiontar and an Irish-medium degree in finance, computing and languages. He is former professor in the Economics Department at NUI Maynooth and visiting professor at Smurfit Business School, UCD. He taught at University of Michigan, Fordham University and Helsinki School of Economics and Co-authored the book, Capitalising on Culture, Competing on Difference [Blackhall Publishing, 2008] which focuses on innovation, learning and sense of place in a globalising Ireland.