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Obituary for Gerry Hughes

We have learnt with sadness of the recent death  of our former colleague  Gerry Hughes on 12th March.

Gerry  was a Visiting Professor in Trinity Business School since 2006.  Prior to this he was a Research Professor at the ESRI.

Gerry’s particular interest was labour economics and pension policy.  He was an expert in both.  His publications in the area of labour economics were both numerous and widely cited. His research on pension policy, in particular the difficult issue of tax reliefs, earned him an international reputation.

Since he joined the School he continued to research and publish widely in the area of pension policy, co-editing five books, and publishing numerous articles. He gave papers on pension policy at conferences in Ireland, the U.S. Belgium, Germany, and other countries  He also found the time to contribute to the section on Ireland of the European Social Protection Network.

One of Gerry’s many attributes was that he was a natural collaborator on research and publications.  He also enjoyed and sought out other forms of collaboration for example mentoring research students and staff.

Gerry was particularly known and highly regarded in the Institute for Social Law in the University of Leuven, Belgium and the Institute for Labour, Social and Business Law, University of Munster , Germany.  He was also sought out by staff seeking advice on research in several Polish universities, for example the Institute of  Statistics and  Demography, Warsaw School of Economics, and the Department of Business Economics in Poznan University of Technology.

Gerry also contributed to lasting research on pension policy by active involvement in setting up institutions for pension research and collaboration such as the European Network for Research on Supplementary Pensions and the Pension Policy Research Group here in Ireland.

Gerry was full of energy, sociable, and had a keen sense of social justice.

He will be missed by all who benefitted from his knowledge and enjoyed his friendship.


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