The Hibernia Forum is an independent advocacy group dedicated to the principles of a free market, individual liberty and responsible and prudent Government. It seeks to build on the natural entrepreneurial instincts of Ireland and its open and progressive economic atmosphere, and attraction to foreign inward investment.

Specifically, the Hibernia Forum calls for a restraint and accountability in Government spending, reasonable and fair taxation, as well as support for small business and entrepreneurs. The Forum seeks to enhance the competitive atmosphere in which both smaller and larger employers and job creators can operate.

Most of all, the Hibernia Forum calls for honest and fact-driven debate about our society and economic situation and a balancing of the public discussion in favour of those who do not believe that a high-spending State is the solution to all our problems.

The aims of the Hibernia Forum are:

  • Prudent and responsible Government spending
  • A free and supportive atmosphere in which enterprise and commerce can flourish
  • Reduced taxation
  • Greater personal responsibility, as opposed to reliance on the State
  • Greater efficiency in Government operations and services
  • More honesty in public debate
  • Greater civic involvement in political decision-making
  • Support for Ireland’s low corporate rate, and the conditions which make the country  competitive and attractive to foreign direct investment.
  • Support for the reform of our welfare system, and for the encouragement of people to  return to the workforce, where possible.

The executive Director of the Forum is Eamon Delaney.  He is an author, commentator and former diplomat.

The Chairman of the Forum is Cormac Lucey. He is an accountant, commentator and former Government adviser.

The Forum has a further founding group of other individuals.  They are all passionate about the Forum’s ideas and principles and represent a cross section of Irish economic and political life. These are as follows:

  • Aidan Brophy, real estate surveyor and former National Executive member of Fianna Fail.
  • Mark Beegan, Communications specialist
  • Aaron McKenna, businessman and commentator.
  • Conor McWade, businessman, former member of the Progressive Democrats, now a member of Fine Gael.
  • Keith Redmond, dentist and small business owner. Fingal County Councillor.
  • Sarah Ryan, businesswoman and former Dublin City Councillor (Fianna Fáil).

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The Hibernia Forum is an entirely voluntary organisation but welcomes the prospect of donations, however large or small, so as to keep alive the messages of liberty, economic freedom, job creation and prudent Government.
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This is our launch video:

Exciting launch for Ireland’s free market think tank

Academic Board :

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Moore McDowell (above) is a commentator, independent consultant and economist, mainly associated with the School of Economics at University College Dublin.  Awarded a Research Fellowship from the ESRI (1967-1969) to study at Worcester College, Oxford, Moore has held academic positions in UCD, San Francisco State University, University of California at Davis and the University of Delaware. Moore went part-time in UCD in 2005, and retired as Senior lecturer in Political Economics from the Economics School in 2009. His research interests include competition policy and enforcement.

 

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Sam Bowman (above) is Deputy Director of the Adam Smith Institute, Britain’s leading libertarian think tank, where he has worked since 2010. He is responsible for managing the Institute’s team and working on the ASI’s overall strategy, including media duties, writing and researching. Sam’s current research agenda is the political economy of “Bleeding Heart Libertarianism”, a school of thought that tries to use free market policies to improve the welfare of the poor.

 

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Lorenzo Montanari (above) is Director of International Programs & Affairs at the Americans for Tax Reform organisation, based in Washington DC. In an outreach role, he is instrumental in assisting the creation of free-market and libertarian groups globally, including in Ireland. Since 2012, Lorenzo has also been the Executive Director of the Property Rights Alliance and manages the compilation of the benchmark International Property Rights Index, which is an Americans for Tax Reform project. He has studied at the University of Bologna and at George Washington University.

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