Friday 19 January 2018

Room for views at talk-in

THERE'LL be a diverse range of economic opinions being served up in Galway from today as a conference organised by the Dublin Economics Workshop gets under way.

Everything from the European Fiscal Compact, to water charges, energy policies, reforming child benefit, and the property market will be discussed during the two-day event in the Ardilaun Hotel.

But what potentially makes it all the more interesting is the likely polar opposite views that could be espoused by the politicians in attendance.

Take for example the session on Fiscal Policy that will take place later today. We'll have speakers on child benefit from Curam, an Irish parent and carer NGO, left-leaning think-tank the Nevin Economic Research Institute talking about alternative fiscal adjustments, and business body IBEC highlighting the country's growth prospects.

And then when we get to Saturday we'll have a talk from the International Monetary Fund's man in Ireland, Peter Breuer.

Irish Independent

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