THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2006
Ireland and the Knowledge Economy
How the 'Celtic Tiger' grows through education and research
Consul General of Ireland, Chicago, IL
For two centuries, prior to the 1990s, Ireland was one of Europe's poorest
countries. Today it is the richest country in the European Union after Luxembourg. Ireland's per capita G.D.P. is higher than that of Great Britain, Germany and France.
Ireland's ability to move to the high-tech manufacturing and services sectors – electronics,
software, and more - has driven growth over the last 15 years.
Mr. Sheehan will speak about the unforeseeable and radical changes over the past
two decades that have brought this about. He will also address new and old challenges
facing Ireland today.
In the mid-1980s Ireland joined the European Union, providing it with an expanded
marketplace. More recently a remarkable coalition of government, business, labor
and farmers brought about a program of fiscal austerity and corporate tax reduction.
An aggressive program of seeking foreign investment has paid off.
In the 1980s most of Ireland's college grads were emigrating for lack of
opportunity. Starting in the mid-90s, college education became virtually free. Today
some 55% of its young people go on to college. Ireland's unemployment rate now hovers around 4.5% for both men and women.
Challenges remain. China, Eastern Europe and other market sectors are increasingly
looking to compete in the high-tech sector. Economists question Irish companies'
ability to withstand this intense competition.
The peaceful unification of Ireland remains a goal of the Irish government, which has
cooperated with Britain against terrorist groups. A peace settlement for Northern Ireland,
known as the Good Friday Agreement and approved in 1998, is being implemented with
some difficulties, with the assistance of the U.S.
We invite you to join us for this ACWA Speaker Series presentation by Charles Sheehan on Thursday,
April 6, at:
Hilton Akron/Fairlawn | map
3180 West Market Street - Fairlawn
(Across from Summit Mall — Ghent Road Exit from I-77)
6:00 p.m. Registration/Cash Bar
6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:15 p.m. Program, followed by Question & Answer period
Registrations are due no later than Saturday, April 1, 2006.
Download the registration form and return with a check payable to:
ACWA - P.O.Box 5300 - Akron, OH 44334
- ACWA Members & Guests: Dinner/Program $35 – Program Only - $12
- Non-Members: Dinner/Program $45 — Program Only - $15
Learn how to join ACWA
For more information, please call Jane Walker Snider, Executive Director, 330-867-6412.