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Policy Making in an uncertain world: Mitigating risks, maximising opportunities

The island of Ireland is having to confront great challenges and changes more often than not driven by external influences. In addition the island is likely to see population growth driven by internal dynamics in both jurisdictions which could conceivably see the population increase to over 8 million people by 2050. In other words the population will finally surpass the population on the island pre-famine. How can policy makers confront these likely scenarios, ever increasing international instability and the pressures to provide for effective public services with a mainly urbanised and educated population in both jurisdictions. In an era of "new politics" in both parts of the island what is needed to enable both public services address such changes positively?

In this Seminar, leading policy experts will identify those challenges likely to drive future priorities. It will look at some of the policy legacies requiring a new perspective while also taking on board international influences which will be critical drivers in how future governments deliver their political commitments.

Who should attend?

The seminar will be of interest to key policy makers across the full sphere of public policy on the island of Ireland. Likely participants will include senior civil servants, local government chief executives, state agency executives, policy advisors to the political parties as well as key contributors to policy development from the social partners. A limited number of spaces are being reserved for students to attend.

Registration and Venue

 It is possible to register for the conference online at: https://www.eventbrite.ie

The seminar will take place in the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin. Please note that there is a €78.46 (incl Vat) fee for attending the conference and this includes lunch.

The Policy Institute at Trinity College Dublin The mission of the Policy Institute is to advance new and innovative ideas relating to public policy, by promoting active debate and connecting social science to current public issues. The Institute’s public events programme plays a key role in enabling the public to engage with the School and its work, and in ensuring that leading academics and policy-makers from around the world are publicly accessible. The Public Policy Advisors Network The Public Policy Advisors Network is a network of leading specialists across the main areas of public policy in Ireland. We support our clients in the preparation of evidence-based policy positions, research papers and contributions to policy development in the public policy arena. We guide our clients through the often confusing layers of public management in Ireland and at international level.

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For further information, please contact: sean@seanoriordain.ie

Draft Programme: 7th November 2016

09.00-09.15                         Registration and coffee

9.15-9.30                              Opening Remarks: Professor Peter Clinch and Dr. Seán Ó'Riordáin

9.30-10.00                           Public Sector Reform in an era of "New Politics": Mr. Declan Kearney

10.00-10.30                         Active Land Market Policies as a cure for our housing shortages: Professor Ronan Lyons

10.30-11.00                         Coffee

11.00-11.30                         Northern Ireland  2016 – Challenges and Opportunities with Mr. Colin Stutt, Ms Stephanie Morrow and James Gilchrist

11.30-12.00                          Public Procurement - A Driver of Economic Activity?: Dr. Peter Brennan

12.00-12.30                         An insecure island?: Mr. Des Page and Mr. Jack Keyes

 12.30-13.00                        Planning for an island of 8 million people: Dr. Stephen Kinsella and Dr. Seán Ó'Riordáin

13.00-13.15                         Overview contribution from Mr. Dan O'Brien, Senior Economist, Irish Institute for International and European Affairs

13.15-13.30         Closing remarks: Martin Fraser, Secretary General  to the Government and Secretary General at the Department of An Taoiseach 

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