7th NERI Annual Dónal Nevin Lecture

22 November 2019

The Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) are delighted to announce that Dr Lorna Gold, Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University will be the guest speaker at this year's Annual Dónal Nevin Lecture.

The details are as follows:

Title: "Is Ireland ready for a Green New Deal?"

Speaker:  Dr Lorna Gold, Department of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University

Respondent:  Dr Donal de Buitléir, Acting Director General, The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA)

Date:  Friday 22nd November, 2019

Time:  Registration at 10:30.  The lecture will run from 11:00 -12:45 and will be followed by lunch

Venue:  Royal Irish Academy (RIA), 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Details of Lecture:

For perhaps the first time in Irish history, climate change and ecological breakdown has become a voting issue. Thanks in no small part to the courageous activism of young people, the public consciousness is finally awakening people to the mounting threat that global heating and biodiversity loss and what this means for future generations. Yet the Irish political and policy system seems painfully slow to respond and even with ‘additional measures’ proposed in the National Climate Action Plan, published earlier this year, it is very difficult to see where substantial reductions in emissions will come from by 2030. Ireland remains stubbornly stuck near the very bottom of the international climate action league table. Yet could it be that Irish society is now ahead of the state in its’ appetite to grasp the nettle of climate action? Could the idea of ‘Green New Deal’ help frame the leap needed to a just transition? Instead of a piecemeal approach to reducing emissions, the idea of a 'Green New Deal' focuses on re-imagining the economy and society through a massive package of measures designed to decarbonise the economy and make it fairer and more just. The idea of a ‘Green New Deal’ is not new. It echoes the great post-depression social and economic reforms of the 1930s in the USA, and has been a cornerstone of the European Greens policy since the late 2000s. It now has prominent advocates in North America, being spearheaded by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Congress, the Sunrise Movement and prominent authors like Naomi Klein. Against the backdrop of a societal awakening to the climate emergency, in this lecture, Lorna Gold will explore what such a deal might look like for Ireland and what pathways might be needed to move it forward.

Short biography for Dr Lorna Gold:

Dr Lorna Gold is a well-known academic and climate activist working in Ireland. She has worked with Trócaire, the Irish Catholic Development Agency for almost twenty years in the areas of policy, advocacy and research. She writes and speaks extensively on issues of climate justice, in particular, the challenge of inter-generational justice and the links between climate and faith. She holds a PhD in Economic Geography from the University of Glasgow where she researched the origins of the ‘sharing economy’. She currently lectures in Applied Social Studies at Maynooth University. She is vice-chair of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and on the government advisory group on the National Climate Dialogue. Her most recent book Climate Generation – Awakening to our Children’s Future tells her personal story of waking up to the climate crisis and has been described by Naomi Klein as ‘an anguished journey into the heart of the climate crisis’.

Short biography for Dr Donal de Buitléir:

Dr Donal de Buitléir has been appointed as Acting Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs, effective from January 1st 2019. Donal is Chairman of the Low Pay Commission. He was a Board Member of the Health Services Executive 2005-09. Previously he worked in AIB Group and in the Irish public service. He was Secretary to the Commission on Taxation 1980-85. He was a member of a number of Government reviews in the areas of local government reform, integration of tax and welfare, business regulation, health funding and higher education. He is an Eisenhower Fellow.



You can register to attend at


Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

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