Prof José Luis Iparraguirre, Chief Economist, Age UK, gave the 2nd Annual Sir George Quigley Memorial Lecture “Economics: Helping to Make Us Human” on Thursday 22nd June 2017 in Queen’s University Belfast on behalf of the Centre for Cross Border Studies. Ruth Taillon, Director of the Centre, opened the lecture by paying tribute to Sir George Quigley who has been justly recognised as the ‘father’ of practical North-South cooperation on the island of Ireland and introduced Prof José Luis Iparraguirre, Chief Economist, Age UK. Prof José Luis Iparraguirre, Chief Economist, Age UK, spoke to a diverse gathering on the “Economics: Helping to Make Us Human”.
Ruth Taillon, introduced the second annual Sir George Quigley Memorial Lecture by paying tribute to Sir George Quigley. Throughout his extensive career in public service and his later prominent business role, Sir George championed the call for an ‘island economy’ – through cross-border cooperation – as an essential means for peace and reconciliation in Ireland.
“Sir George recognised that economic performance and opportunity are key dimensions of creating a future for the people of this island that transcends inheritance and dissolves division. In bringing his economic and business expertise to bear on the wider social, political and cultural challenges, his intellectual lens focused on both the moral and practical importance of addressing the hopes and needs of the outsiders in marginalised communities; the vulnerable; those experiencing joblessness and poverty; those in work whose incomes are being squeezed; those whose children cannot get jobs commensurate with their abilities; those who feel that we have the talent and imagination as a community to aspire higher and achieve more in terms of standard of living and quality of life…”
After giving his excellent presentation, Prof Iparraguirre then fielded several questions from the audience on a wide range of Age and Economic topics before Helen Johnston, Chair of the Centre of Cross Border Studies, concluded the event with a presentation to Lady Moira Quigley and Prof Iparraguirre and thanked them both.
Prof José Luis Iparraguirre presentation is available below.