Dr Sean Barrett

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Dr Sean Barrett is an Irish economist and former Senator. He was a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics of Trinity College, Dublin and a Fellow of the College. In April 2011, he was elected to the Dublin University constituency of Seanad √Čireann until 2016.

A graduate of University College Dublin (undergraduate degree and doctorate) in 1973, and of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Barrett has been a member of Trinity College Dublin's department of Economics since 1977. Dr Barrett's main area of academic expertise is transport economics, particularly the civil aviation sector, including scholarship concerning Ryanair, Aer Lingus and the economics of airports, as well as the effects of regulation and deregulation. His other work concerns health economics and the economics of public policy.

As an economist, he was instrumental in getting passed the Fiscal Responsibility Bill 2011 to ensure transparency in Government budgets and the Financial Stability and Reform Bill 2013 to create regulations on the activities of banks; and that he tabled legislation with regard to housing to ensure fair access to homeownership and address the accommodation shortage. He also tabled the Copyright and Related Rights Bill 2015.

He has worked in the Seanad on various Higher Education and University bills and has held a number of parliamentary positions such as membership of the Finance committee; Transport committee; Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis; North-South Interparliamentary Association.

Public Policy roles include being a founder member of Kenmare Economic Policy conference 1977 serving on committee for over thirty years; member of Air Transport Users Committee; member of committee of FATUREC, the federation of air transport users in the European Community; the NECTAR committee of the European Science Foundation; speaker at annual conferences such as Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers, Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Institute of Personnel Management, ISME, Chambers of Commerce of Ireland, Public Affairs Ireland, Irish Road Haulage Association, Coach Tourism and Transport Council, MBA Association of Ireland and party political groups in Ireland. He has presented internationally in Mexico, Finland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Hungary, Turkey, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, Israel, Canada and USA.

Dr Barrett is a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin and has served on its Board for three terms. His college appointments include a term as Junior Dean and Registrar of Chambers between 1986 and 2000. He has served on University Council; Finance committee; Residence committee; Honorary fellowship committee; fellowship committee; Capitation committee, Dublin University Central Athletics Committee (DUCAC) and Provost Appointment Committee (2011).

He is one of the Vice-Presidents of the debating society College Historical Society, the Vice-President of Trinity's Choral Society and the President of Dublin University Business and Economics Society (DUBES).

Dr Barrett is the 59th Pro-Chancellor to be appointed to this role since the foundation of the College in 1592.