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Keynote Speakers are Websummit Founder Paddy Cosgrave

and Christine Bohan, Assistant Editor at the Journal.ie

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This year marks the 10-year anniversary since the crash that saw the country plunged into austerity and led to record levels of unemployment, homelessness and emigration. In economic terms, Ireland is recovering, but what impact has the past 10 years had on Irish society and how can we use this experience to build a better, fairer society for the future?

What impact has austerity had on our public discourse and social policy? How can we build a pathway to a more deliberative democracy in the next decade?

What effect has the past ten years had on our environment? How can we deliver on our goals to build a more sustainable future?

And what of those who have grown up in this cycle of boom and bust, and whose formative years were spent with high youth unemployment, rising child homelessness, and deeply entrenched inequality? How would they create a better future for themselves?

Actor, playwright and screenwriter Emmet Kirwan is among the speakers at our Social Policy Conference

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The conference will be chaired by Mick Clifford of the Irish Examiner newspaper.

Agenda:

09:00               Registration

09:30               Keynote Addresses
                        Paddy Cosgrave, CEO, Web Summit
                        Christine Bohan, Editor, Journal.ie

11:00               Tea/Coffee

11:30               The Years Ahead: Social Policy and Sustainability                               
                        Tony Fahey (UCD)
                        Cara Augustenborg (USA, UCD and Friends of the Earth)

13:00               Lunch

14:00               From Here to Where? Different Viewpoints
                        Emmet Kirwan (Actor, Playwright, Screenwriter)
                        Representatives from the National Youth Council of Ireland

14.45               Centralisation and De-centralisation   
                        Theresa Reidy (UCC)

15:30               Tea/Coffee

16:00               The Years Ahead: Priorities for Government in the Coming Years
                        Seán Healy, Colette Bennett, Eamon Murphy and Michelle Murphy (Social Justice Ireland)

17.00               Conference Close

The Annual General Meeting of Social Justice Ireland will follow the Conference

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