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Launch of the OECD Report: FDI Qualities Assessment of Ireland
The OECD FDI Qualities Assessment of Ireland report was commissioned by IDA Ireland to examine the impact of multinational companies (MNCs) within Ireland over a 10-year period, with an emphasis on areas such as employment, wages, and R&D. The OECD research provides a first look at productivity within IDA Ireland’s client base of MNCs, studying how and why this has evolved over time. The report was a key input to the development of IDA Ireland’s new four-year strategy, Driving Recovery and Sustainable Growth, which was launched on 6 January 2021.
At this launch event, speakers from IDA Ireland and the OECD, Paris, discuss the findings of the FDI Qualities Assessment of Ireland report.
Martin Shanahan, Chief Executive Officer of IDA Ireland
Ana Novik, Head of the Investment Division at the OECD
Martin Wermelinger, Project Manager of FDI Qualities at the OECD.
Emer Cooke - The EMA’s Regulatory Role in the Global Response to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the pivotal role of medicines regulation for the protection of public health. In her address to the IIEA, Emer Cooke discusses the regulatory role of the European Medicines Agency in response to the pandemic. She also presents the policy implications related to the development and approval of safe and effective treatments and vaccines and discusses the potential of real-world data for health policy decisions and supply chain vulnerabilities.
About the Speaker:
Emer Cooke was appointed as the new Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency on 16 November 2020. She also holds the role of Chair of the international Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) for a term of two years. Ms. Cooke served as the Director for all medical product-related regulatory activities at the World Health Organization from 2016-2020, where she led the WHO’s global work on the regulation of health technologies.
Micheál Martin TD - 2021: Ambitions and Challenges for Ireland in a Changing World
In his address to the IIEA, the Taoiseach sets out his ambitions for Ireland as a global actor in 2021 and beyond. As Brexit becomes a practical reality, a change of administration takes office in the US, and Ireland takes up its seat on the UN Security Council, the Taoiseach reflects on how Ireland can shape and respond positively to these and other global shifts and challenges.
Taoiseach Martin highlights Ireland’s continued commitment to its place at the heart of the EU. He also discusses the need to reset and strengthen relations with the UK, our nearest neighbour, and to deliver on the Government’s commitment to working with all communities and traditions on the island to build consensus around a shared future, underpinned by the Good Friday Agreement and reflected in the Shared Island initiative.
About the speaker
Micheál Martin TD was elected as the 15th Taoiseach of Ireland on 27 June 2020 and has been the leader of the Fianna Fáil party since 2011. Prior to becoming Taoiseach, Mícheál Martin previously served as Minister for Foreign Affairs (2008-2011), Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (2004-2008), Minister for Health (2000-2004) and Minister for Education (1997-2000). He was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a TD for Cork South Central in 1989.
Towards LGBTIQ Equality in the EU: A Legal and Policy Perspective
On 12 November 2020, the European Commission launched its first ever LGBTIQ Equality Strategy. While the strategy was published against the backdrop of overall increasing public support for LGBTIQ equality in the EU, it paradoxically also follows a recent increase in instances of discrimination, as well as substantial curtailments of LGBTIQ rights in some Member States.
In this online discussion, Minister Byrne addresses Ireland’s position on the new EU strategy and consider how Ireland’s policies on LGBTIQ rights inform its global role. Director O’Flaherty offers analysis of the challenges facing LGBTIQ equality at European level and the work of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights on this issue.
This event is part of our Global Europe project, supported by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.
About the Speaker:
Thomas Byrne TD assumed the role of Minister of State for EU Affairs in July 2020. He has been a TD for the Meath East constituency since 2016. Minister Byrne is a qualified solicitor.
Prior to his appointment as Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, Michael O’Flaherty was Established Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway. He has also served as Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and Member of the UN Human Rights Committee.
2020 YPN Christmas Special
From COVID-19 and how governments have responded, to the US Presidential Election, to Brexit finally becoming a reality with the imminent ending of the transition period, and to an historic coalition government in Ireland bringing Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael together, there is an enormous amount of ground to cover and reflect upon after what has been a truly unprecedented year.
To discuss all of this, the IIEA is delighted to bring together a panel of experts and commentators for our annual Young Professionals Network (YPN) Christmas Special.
About the Speakers:
Professor Anand Menon is Director of UK in a Changing Europe, a leading think-tank analysing the process and impact of Brexit. He is also Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs and Kings College London. He has held positions at a number of universities, including Sciences Po, Columbia University and NYU. He is co-author of Brexit and British Politics (Polity, 2017) and author of Europe: The State of the Union (Atlantic Books 2008). A frequent media commentator, he regularly appears on major UK current affairs programmes and he has also been published in the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and Le Monde, to name a few.
Dr Shana Cohen is Director of Thinktank for Action on Social Change (TASC) & Affiliated Lecturer with the Department of Sociology at Cambridge University. Prior to TASC, she was Deputy Director of the Woolf Institute in Cambridge, where she focused on interfaith and intercultural relations in Europe, India, and the Middle East. She studied at Princeton University and at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received a PhD in Sociology.
Dr Tom Wright, Director of the Center on the United States and Europe a Senior Fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. He is also a contributing writer for The Atlantic and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. His most recent book, All Measures Short of War: The Contest For the 21st Century and the Future of American Power, was published by Yale University Press in May 2017. Tom received his PhD from Georgetown University, his MA in Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a BA and MA from University College Dublin.
Aoife Moore is a Political Correspondent with the Irish Examiner, a position she has held since February 2020. In ‘Golfgate’, she co-broke one of the major news stories of the year, the consequences of which are still reverberating. Prior to joining the Examiner, she served as a Journalist covering politics with Press Association Ireland from 2018 to 2020. She previously worked as a Reporter with the Daily Record, the Irish Daily Star and the Irish Echo. She received her BA in Multimedia Journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University.
Eamon Ryan TD - The European Green Deal: Future-Proofing Energy in Ireland
This address is the sixth event in the 2020 ESB/IIEA lecture series entitled, REthink Energy. In his address, Minister Eamon Ryan examines the impact that the European Green Deal will have on Irish energy policy in the context of the transition to net-zero emissions. The Minister also provides an analysis of Ireland’s current energy framework, including the Irish government’s commitment to 7% average yearly reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. The impact of the European Green Deal and the increased scale and depth of Ireland’s decarbonisation ambitions will require changes in many parts of Irish life, and Minister Ryan charts Ireland’s course to a clean energy future.
About the Speaker:
Eamon Ryan TD is the Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport. He was appointed to this role in June 2020. Minister Ryan is the Leader of the Green Party, a position he has held since May 2011. He has been a TD for Dublin Bay South since 2016 and he previously served as a TD for Dublin South from 2002 to 2011. He was the founding chairperson of the Dublin Cycling Campaign and began his political career as a Dublin City Councillor. He then went on to serve as Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources from 2007 to 2011.
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