On the trail of Loretta's opus
The newly appointed group chief economist at Bank of Ireland, Loretta O'Sullivan (below) is no slouch. Having been poached from the Central Bank, where she was a senior economist, she has previously worked as a senior economist with the Department of Finance and during that time was seconded for two years to the European Commission's Economic and Financial Affairs Directorate in Brussels.
But The Punt is also very interested in the fact that for her PhD in economics thesis at Trinity College in 2007, Ms O'Sullivan titled her project: 'Modelling the Dublin Housing Market – A time series analysis'. But alas, there's no version of, or extract from, the publication available online, and The Punt must instead one day make its way to the hallowed halls of academia to explore its contents.
Ms O'Sullivan will be stepping into a role held for over a decade by Donegal native and UK-educated Dan McLaughlin. He left Bank of Ireland last August and has gone on to establish his own economic and research consultancy business – imaginatively called Dan McLaughlin Economics.