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'Re-conceptualising Ireland’s Competitiveness' - NCC Conference

Date: 09 January 2008 

The NCC Conference - Re-conceptualising Ireland's Competitiveness - was held on 9th January 2008 at Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin.

Further information is available in the conference brochure below. The summary paper provides a brief synopsis of the key themes that emerged throughout the conference. Presentations from the conference can be downloaded below.

Conference Brochure

pdf iconConference Brochure (PDF, 6 pages, 382KB)

Conference Summary Paper

pdf iconConference Summary Paper (PDF, 9 pages, 180KB)


Re-conceptualising Ireland’s Competitiveness
Dr Don Thornhill, Chairman, National Competitiveness Council
pdf iconPresentation - Dr Don Thornhill (PDF, 4 pages, 58KB)

Developments in Irish Competitiveness
Alan Gray, Managing Director, Indecon International Economic Consultants
pdf iconPresentation - Alan Gray (PDF, 16 pages, 137KB)
Challenges and Opportunities for Enterprise in Ireland
Martin Cronin, Chief Executive, Forfás
pdf iconPresentation - Martin Cronin (PDF, 16 pages, 1,301KB)
The European Competitiveness Agenda
David O’Sullivan, Director General for Trade, European Commission
pdf iconPresentation - David O’Sullivan (PDF, 17 pages, 33KB)
Energy Supply and Competitiveness
Andreas Biermann, Desk Officer, International Energy Agency
pdf iconPresentation - Andreas Biermann (PDF, 15 pages, 306KB)
Challenges for Ireland’s Future Competitiveness
Dr Alan Ahearne, Economist and Vice Dean for Research, NUIG
pdf iconPresentation - Dr Alan Ahearne (PDF, 10 pages, 98KB)
Re-conceptualising Ireland’s Competitiveness
Shay Cody, Deputy Secretary General, IMPACT
pdf iconPresentation - Shay Cody (PDF, 16 pages, 161KB)
Higher Education as a Driver of Competitiveness
Prof. Ferdinand von Prondzynski, President, DCU
pdf iconPresentation - Prof. Ferdinand von Prondzynski (PDF, 5 pages, 23KB)

Photos from the event

Opening the conference was NCC Chairman Dr Don Thornhill, pictured here with Forfás Chief Executive and NCC board member, Martin Cronin.Delegates at the morning session of the conference.
From left to right Joe Harford, HLMG, Liam Nellis, Chief Executive, InterTradeIreland and Michael Loftus of BD.Addressing the conference delegates were Alan Grey, Indecon and Prof. Stéphane Garelli, Institute of Management Development, Lausanne.
Martin Cronin, Forfás, Declan Hughes, Forfás and Sir George Quigley, Bombardier Aerospace.Dr Don Thornhill discussing the changing nature of the Irish economy.
Pictured at the NCC Conference in Farmleigh House were Chairman of the NCC, Dr Don Thornhill and Alan Grey, Managing Partner of Indecon Ireland.Pictured with Dr Don Thornhill are several of the speakers from the event including Prof. Stéphane Garelli, Dr James Coleman, Alan Crosbie, Martin Cronin, Andreas Biermann, Sir George Quigley, Dr Alan Aherne and Patrick Cooney.