The Minister for Finance, Mr Michael Noonan TD launched the eleventh edition of the 'Economy of Ireland' book last week in Government Buildings. Edited by two Trinity economics lecturers in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Dr Carol Newman and Professor John O'Hagan, the book surveys all major changes in the Irish economy in the past fifteen years, with particular emphasis on the last five years.
Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD with co-editors of the 11th edition of the Economy of Ireland, Dr Carol Newman, centre, and Prof John O'Hagan, second from the right, Lecturers in Economics and some of the other contributors, from left, Tara McIndoe-Calder, Central Bank, Marion O'Brien, Gill & Macmillan, and Dr Eleanor Denny, Michael King, Micheal Collins and Prof Philip Lane, all of Trinity's Department of Economics.
Commenting on the significance of the book, Professor John Hagan said: "The book was first published in 1975 and has been very popular ever since across the third-level sector and with a general lay audience interested in a long-term overview of the economy and the principles that govern its operation. All of the contributors are colleagues lecturing in economics in Trinity or else are Trinity economics graduates. This is a clear indication of how our academics are contributing to the current research, debate and thinking in this important area".
To mark the publication of the book the Irish Times last week ran a major Opinion and Analysis series on 'Stress-Testing the Irish Economy', using articles written by five of the contributors. The series concluded with the lead Editorial on 3rd September last devoted to the series.