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8th Annual Sir George Quigley Memorial Lecture

Posted On: 29 Aug 2023

This paper is an abridged version of the lecture delivered by Danny McCoy for the Centre for Cross Border Studies’ 8th Annual Sir George Quigley Memorial Lecture, which took place on 8th June 2023 at The MAC, Belfast.

Danny provided a fascinating overview of the developments in the all-island economy over the past decades and paints the picture of our current situation in 2023.  He goes on to discuss the role social dialogue has to play in ensuring future prosperity on the island. 


Danny McCoy is Chief Executive Officer of Ibec since 2009. Ibec is Ireland’s largest business representative organisation and the country’s largest lobbying group.  It has 285 staff in nine locations and has 39 sectoral brands with substantial presence within the European Union through Ibec’s Brussels office. He is a member of the Irish Tripartite Labour Employer Economic Forum (LEEF). 

He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy, Honorary Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineers, Adjunct Professor Trinity College Dublin Business School and Vice President of the Statistical & Social Inquiry Society of Ireland and Independent Non Executive Director of Iput Real Estate.  

He has held lecturing posts at University College London, University of Oxford, Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University. He has been senior economist at the Central Bank of Ireland and the Economic & Social Research Institute as well as being a consultant to the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.   


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