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'The creation of a “multispeed” European Union would be a major mistake, the Bulgarian minister for foreign affairs has warned during a visit to Dublin.‘

The danger in such a move was that the EU would select “the wrong gear and step into reverse”, Nikolay Mladenov told the Institute of International and European Affairs. He admired the way Ireland had invested so much in research and IT and also praised Ireland’s “strongly Atlanticist” approach to international affairs.'

Warning against 'multispeed' EU

Irish Times - 24 November 2011


‘Irish Aid, the Government’s overseas development aid programme, will continue to treat poverty and hunger as a priority but will also emphasise new relationships “based on politics, democracy and trade”, Ms O’Sullivan said.

“It is right that we do so, and it is also in our interests as a country.”

Ms O’Sullivan was speaking at the launch of ’Development Matters’, a lecture series co-sponsored by Irish Aid and the Institute of International and European Affairs.’

Shift in focus for Irish Aid strategy

Irish Times - 2 November 2011


‘AUSTERITY failed Germany in the 1930s and helped to usher in fascism, the country's opposition Social Democratic leader Sigmar Gabriel said in Dublin yesterday.

He said austerity was not the answer in Greece, which had now come to a "dead end street".’

Austerity failed in Germany

Irish Independent - 2 November 2011


‘At a seminar organised by the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin yesterday, Mr Gabriel cited the example of Weimar Republic chancellor Heinrich Brüning, who cut successive budgets during the Great Depression.

Germany ended up with six million people unemployed. Brüning’s cutbacks contributed to a rise in support for the Nazi Party, which grabbed power in 1933.

Mr Gabriel said it would be “impossible” for Greece to solve its problems without a policy for growth and unemployment.’

Athens austerity measures mad, says German opposition leader

Irish Times - 2 November 2011


'THE EU maritime affairs commissioner has warned against “scaremongering” about the future of the new European Common Fisheries Policy.

“Safeguards” will ensure the Irish fleet does not suffer under a controversial new proposal to introduce mandatory transferable quota rights in coastal member states, Maria Damanaki said.

Ms Damanaki, who is on a two-day visit to Ireland, told the Institute of International and European Affairs yesterday that she was aware the new proposal was a “sore point” for Ireland.'

Safeguards will protect Irish fleet, EU Fisheries Commissioner pledges

Irish Times - 23 September 2011


'Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs Mary Robinson, addressed the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) on human rights this week, representing The Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice (MRFCJ), and spoke to The Epoch Times about climate justice.

“Essentially, climate justice lies at the nexus of climate change and human rights, and seeks to focus on what impacts climate change has on the most marginalised and disenfranchised in our global community,” said Mrs Robinson.'

Ireland has a bridging role between EU and the developing world, says Mrs Robinson

The Epoch Times - 7 September 2011


'Climate change amounts to a serious threat from developed nations to the human rights of those living in underdeveloped countries, former president Mary Robinson said in Dublin yesterday.

Speaking at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin, Mrs Robinson spoke of the concept of climate justice. “Essentially climate justice lies at the nexus of climate change and human rights,” she said. To view climate change from the perspective of justice brought a focus to the “real human face of suffering and devastation wrought by climate change”.'

Robinson calls for 'Climate Justice'

Irish Times - 6 September 2011


'Climate change amounts to a serious threat from developed nations to the human rights of those living in undeveloped parts of the world, former president Mary Robinson has said.

Speaking at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin today, Mrs Robinson spoke of the concept of climate justice.'

Climate Change ‘threatens human rights’

Irish Times - 5 September 2011


'THE Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) in Dublin was the venue for a lively seminar yesterday, titled ‘Chinese investment into the EU – what to make of it?’. The seminar looked at the re-emergence of China as a world heavyweight since 1978, that country’s own persisting internal problems, the debt crisis in the West, the notion of a ‘Pax Sinica’ and how the time may be ripe for creating policies at EU level which would facilitate the surgical introduction of Chinese FDI for the benefit of individual member states and the EU as a whole.’’'

What to make of Chinese FDI into Europe?

www.redgate.ie – 2 September 2011


'THE STATE had to shoulder its fair share of the blame for creating the EU’s serious difficulties, Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said yesterday.

Mr Gilmore, who was giving the state of the union address to the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin, said that to the wider world, and to many of its own citizens, the ponderous pace at which the EU had addressed the sovereign debt crisis was incomprehensible. “The crisis has appeared to rumble on without sight of a comprehensive solution, and financial markets in particular have found this brand of policy-making deeply unsettling.’’'

Gilmore says State takes blame for EU problems

Irish Times – 5 July 2011


'Last week, Klaus Regling, the German official who helped prepare one of the three reports on the banking crash, was in town. Mr Regling now runs the bailout fund, officially known as the EFSF, but he has earlier form than that where Ireland is concerned.

... Mr Regling echoed a point made some time ago at the same Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA) in Dublin by Axel Weber; then president of the Bundesbank. It would appear, he said to have been so easy to stop the runaway Irish market in its tracks.'

Pub talk about property rings true

Sunday Independent – 1 May 2011


'INFLUENTIAL GERMAN economist Daniel Gros said yesterday in Dublin that Ireland had a better chance of avoiding default than other bailed-out euro countries. 

Expanding on the article published in these pages today, the Brussels-based economist said he estimated the cost of banking losses to reach 52 per cent of gross domestic product, equivalent to approximately €80 billion.'

Economist says State can avoid default

Irish Times – 30 April 2011


'ASSETS held by Irish people abroad may have to be identified and taxed if Ireland is to avoid defaulting on its debts, a leading international economist said yesterday.

It would also make a big difference to the outcome if Irish pension funds were able to lend to the Irish government instead of being obliged, as at present, to buy more expensive bonds from the likes of the German government, said Daniel Gros, director of the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels.
 
"If you can do those things, solvency won't be a problem," Mr Gros told a meeting of economists at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin.'

Tax Irish assets abroad to avoid default, says expert

Irish Independent – 30 April 2011


'THE EU Commission and European Parliament are right to push for strong surveillance of national budgets, the man in charge of the EU "bailout" fund said in Dublin yesterday.'

EU institutions 'right to push for strong review of budgets'

Irish Independent – 28 April 2011


'THE EUROPEAN Commission did not do enough to criticise the unsustainable growth of the Irish economy during the boom and the government here did not use the tools that could have slowed bank lending, according to Klaus Regling, the boss of the EU’s new bailout fund.

... In his presentation, given at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin, he said that the bailout structures “buy time” for weak countries, but ultimately it will be up to those countries to make the adjustments their economies need.'

European Commission failed to rein in Ireland, says Regling

Irish Times – 28 April 2011


'Planned stronger surveillance of government budgets will ease the European Union's debt crisis and lead to more jobs in the single currency area, the chief executive of the European Financial Stability Facility, the euro zone's bailout fund that was tapped by Ireland last year, said Wednesday.

Klaus Regling, speaking in Dublin on "Ireland and the Euro" to the Institute of International and European Affairs, an independent think tank, said that problems connected with the euro have now "been clearly identified." These problems included economic governance, financial market supervision and the currency area's crisis-resolution mechanisms, he said.'

EFSF's Regling Says Reforms Will Strengthen Euro Area

Dow Jones Newswires / Wall Street Journal – 27 April 2011


'The EU official who carried out one of the investigations into the Irish banking collapse, has said that nobody in Ireland or in Europe shouted 'stop'.

The head of the European bailout fund, Klaus Regling, said Ireland had all of the tools needed to stop the property bubble years ago, but did not use them.'

Klaus Regling: No one shouted stop

RTE Television – 27 April 2011


In January, demand for seats for a Honohan speech forced the Institute of International and European Affairs to move an event from its Georgian headquarters in north inner city Dublin to a nearby hotel ballroom.

Previous guests include European Central Bank President Jean Claude Trichet, former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Saving Ireland Makes Patrick Honohan Banker People Will Have to Trust Most

Bloomberg – 14 March 2011


 
'IT is nice to come across somebody who literally knows the meaning of "literally". Andrew Haldane, who is in charge of financial stability at the Bank of England, is one who does.

He stressed the point in an address to the Institute for International and European Affairs in Dublin last week. It means "according to the strict meaning of the words". And, said Mr Haldane, the world literally cannot afford another crisis like the one we are going through.'

 
Irish Independent - 23 January 2011

 
'BANKING CRISES could be averted by paying bonuses to bank staff and dividends to shareholders through a form of debt that converts to capital if the bank runs aground, according to a senior official at the Bank of England.

Andrew Haldane, executive director for financial stability at the Bank of England, said contingent convertible securities, or CoCos, which convert automatically to capital when triggers are breached, could be used as a means of reducing risk at banks.

This would make banks “much more resilient and less likely to fail” and incentivise bankers to reduce risk, he said in a speech to the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin.'
 
 
Irish Times - 21 January 2011

 
'THE GOVERNOR of the Central Bank did not agree with a decision under the bailout deal to immediately earmark €10 billion for the banks, he told an audience in Dublin yesterday.
 
Prof Patrick Honohan, addressing the Institute of International and European Affairs, said he would have hesitated to call for the €10 billion to be applied straight away because of the State’s “stressed funding position”.'
 
 
Irish Times - 8 January 2011

 
'Addressing the Institute of International and European Affairs, Prof Honohan said a new government would be able to move away from measures agreed with the EU and IMF as long as the new policies had the same impact on State finances.
“There is quite a lot of flexibility there,” he said.
 
The governor said the measures agreed under the bailout mechanism for coming years were “much less specific” than those in place for 2011.'
 
 
Irish Times - 8 January 2011


'Governor of the Central Bank Patrick Honohan has once again said he “looks forward” to welcoming foreign owners for Irish banks.

Explaining his remarks, he said it is evident that the involvement of new foreign owners could put the banking system on a “firm footing”. He said they can bring capital, risk control and other management skills.
 
Speaking at the Institute of International and European Affairs, Honohan said that the Irish banks need to be downsized, therefore reducing risks and helping the Irish economy demonstrate the tail risk is lower than investors currently believe.'
 
 
Business and Leadership - 8 January 2011

 
'Addressing the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), in Dublin yesterday, Patrick Honohan said that foreign ownership of the main Irish banks would introduce fresh capital, more risk control and other management skills to the system.'
 
 
Irish Examiner - 8 January 2011

 
'Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan has repeated that he looks forward to welcoming new foreign owners to smaller, cleaned-up Irish banks.

Professor Honohan told the Institute of International and European Affairs that new owners could bring skills which would help put the remaining Irish banks on a firm footing.'

Honohan would welcome new bank owners

RTE News - 7 January 2011


'Central Bank of Ireland Gov. Patrick Honohan said that the EUR67.5 billion European Union/International Monetary Fund rescue package agreed to in November, to which Ireland is contributing an additional EUR17.5 billion, "far from removing discretion from Ireland as a sovereign entity," hinges on actions that need to be implemented domestically.

 
...In a speech at the Institute of International and European Affairs here, Honohan said the aid would provide a buffer against uncertain economic conditions forecast for the years ahead, and said he would be disappointed and surprised if fixing Ireland's banking system took all of the EUR35 billion earmarked for the problem.'
 
ECB Honohan: New Irish Govt Could Review EU/IMF Deal
 
Dow Jones / Wall Street Journal - 7 January 2011

 
'Ireland’s central bank governor said he would be “surprised and disappointed” if all the €35bn earmarked to fix the Irish banks under the international bail-out agreed in November would be needed.
 
...Speaking to Dublin’s Institute of International and European Affairs, the bank governor also said the deal required the Irish government to present a plan to reduce the size of the banking sector by the end of March, with an accelerated removal of “terminally damaged institutions”.'
 
Irish bank governor aims to reassure markets
 
Financial Times - 7 January 2011


'Speaking at the Institute of European Affairs, Ollie Rehn said there were clear social and economic benefits to better medium term planning.

Earlier, Mr Rehn told Opposition finance spokespersons the €15bn in budgetary adjustments required for Ireland over the next four years could be re-negotiated, depending on economic growth.'

Rehn advocates medium-term planning

RTE News - 10 November 2010

 
'THE EUROPEAN Union was standing by the people of Ireland, who had shown in the past their ability to overcome adversity, European commissioner for economic and monetary affairs Olli Rehn has said

In an address to the Institute for International and European Affairs in Dublin yesterday, Mr Rehn said medium-term programmes such as the four-year plan should become a permanent feature of Irish policymaking.'

Four-year plan should be a permanent feature of policymaking, says Rehn


Irish Times - 10 November 2010


 
'The seriousness of it all was reflected in the numbers of people who attended Rehn’s talk at the Institute of International and European Affairs yesterday afternoon. The previously best-attended speech was by the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev. While Rehn is very unlikely to become one of this century’s great figures, as Gorbachev was to the last, he is at the centre of momentous happenings.'

Rehn says endorsement is the best help he can offer


Irish Times - 10 November 2010

 
'And finally, Olli ended his lightning tour with a speech and a Q&A session at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) on North Great George's Street.'
 
Lise Hand: Parties get speed date with Olli and fall for his many Finnish charms
 
Irish Independent - 10 November 2010

 
'Speaking in Dublin, Mr Rehn said that "hopefully" he would be able to endorse the plan "when we see the results".

"We are following the Budget process closely, but it is the responsibility of the Government to decide on the details," he told a meeting at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA).'

Commission won't sign off on Budget until details published


Irish Independent - 10 November 2010



'IRELAND and other eurozone countries will have to accept much closer surveillance of their national budgets, the Irishwoman who heads the EU Commission said yesterday.

Catherine Day, secretary general of the commission, said it was in the interests of member states that the EU took a more active role in monitoring countries' fiscal positions.

"There is no doubt whatsoever that there will be a big step forward in the economic governance of the eurozone at least," she told a meeting in the Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA) in Dublin.'
 
EU plans to keep closer eye on national budgets
 
Irish Independent - 6 November 2010

'Wolf Klinz, who chairs the European Parliament's Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis, said the move was reminiscent of the decision by President Chirac and Chancellor Schroeder to ignore the Stability and Growth Pact when their deficits went above 3pc of GDP.


'I think it will prove to be not a very productive decision', he said at the Institute for International and European Affairs.'
 
Budget rules change 'unacceptable'
 
Irish Independent - 23 October 2010

 
'Private creditors -- such as bank bondholders -- will have to be involved in any financial crisis rescue in the future, a senior German politician said in Dublin yesterday.
 
Any new "resolution" scheme would have to set clear parameters for a private-sector involvement, Dr Bernd Pfaffenbach, state secretary at the German Ministry for Economics and Technology told a meeting at the Institute of International and European Affairs.'
 
German call for private creditors to be part of any future rescue
 
Irish Independent - 2 October 2010

 
'Tomorrow, a major conference on home energy improvements is being organised by the Institute of International and European Affairs in Croke Park. The institute has done some excellent work and will help with the design of the new scheme...'
 
Householders have power to slash their energy bills and create jobs at the same time

Irish Independent - 23 September 2010

 
'FORMER Taoiseach John Bruton said last night that the government deficit was a much more serious issue than the banking crisis, and blamed a lack of "democratic dissent" for the situation.

Speaking at the Institute of International and European Affairs, he said: "The net liability of the banks will be a finite amount, even if we don't have an exact figure. The much more vital issue is the gap between spending and revenue, which is running at 10pc of our GDP.'
 
Ex-Taoiseach in warning on deficit
 
Irish Independent - September 17 2010


'UP TO 100 million cars on American roads will be electrically-powered or hybrid-electric vehicles by 2030, according to the US under secretary for energy, Dr Kristina Johnson, herself a “third-generation engineer”.
 
Speaking in Dublin yesterday at the Institute for International and European Affairs, she said this would be one of the measurable outcomes of President Barack Obama’s drive to create a "new clean energy economy".'
 
100 Cars will be electric by 2030, says US Energy Secretary
 
The Irish Times - 9 July 2010

 
"Staff were told that Mr Hunersen, Anglo chief financial officer Maarten van Eden and head of legal Lizanne White were planning to visit the bank’s Irish regional offices and meet staff over the coming weeks.
 
Mr Aynsley said Mr van Eden had delivered a presentation to the Institute of International and European Affairs last month entitled What to do with Anglo Irish Bank – an analysis in the macroeconomic and systemic context. He did not disclose any details about the content of the presentation."
 
Anglo division to be restructured
 
The Irish Times - 4 June 2010

 
'There was still limited awareness in Ireland of how the European Union worked, Mr Cox suggested. “When we met our European bride in 1973, we were more taken with her dowry than herself.” He recommended including EU matters in the teaching of subjects such as history, geography and statistics, and he said there was a “vast reservoir” of civil society groups in Ireland which were hugely under-utilised in terms of EU-related work.

Dr Gavin Barrett, of UCD, said the relationship between parliament and the executive in Ireland was one of the most unbalanced of all European countries. He said all Irish Ministers who participated in meetings with their European counterparts should meet the relevant Oireachtas committees on their return to Ireland to explain their actions.

Brendan Halligan, chairman of the Institute of International and European Affairs, said he agreed.'
 
Ireland complacent about EU, says Cox
 
The Irish Times - 6 May 2010

 
'More than 100 days after the Copenhagen summit ended inconclusively, the outlook is bleak. Yvo de Boer, the UN’s climate chief, is stepping down on July 1st – frustrated by the lack of real progress and lured by a presumably lucrative offer from international consultancy group KPMG to become its “global adviser on climate and sustainability”.
 
His resignation is “pretty bad news for the process”, according to Fiona Harvey, Belfast-born environment correspondent of the Financial Times.
 
Speaking by video link from London to a symposium at the Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA), she said it was “not helpful to lose the captain of the ship at this point in the voyage”.'
 
Europe must lead the way against climate skepticism

The Irish Times - 4 March 2010

 
'IRELAND HAS taken “very courageous” steps to tackle its banking crisis, a senior board member of the European Central Bank (ECB) said yesterday.
 
Speaking after an event organised by the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin yesterday, Spanish economist Prof José Manuel González-Páramo said the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) would be approved by the European Central Bank “soon”.'

Ireland 'very courageous' in bank crisis
 
The Irish Times - 20 February 2010

'As the ECB prepares to reduce its support for the banking system through extensive loans at low rates, Mr Gonzalez-Paramo said the central bank would take into account the state of vulnerable banking systems such as Ireland's.
 
There are fears of a rise in interest rates as the ECB limits its lending at low fixed rates and banks have to pay the variable rates imposed in the money markets for their short-term borrowings.
 
In his address to the Institute of International and European Affairs he said inadequate rules and regulations, and not financial integration, had not been the cause of the crisis, and the EU needed further integration, not less.'
 
Top ECB official praises economic steps
 
Irish Independent - 20 February 2010


'Speaking at Dublin’s Institute of International and European Affairs yesterday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin said preliminary research also suggested that legal guarantees secured by the Government after the initial rejection of the treaty, and the agreement to allow all member states retain a commissioner were significant factors in the second vote.'
 
Economy key in Lisbon Treaty vote, says Martin
 
The Irish Times - 10 February 2010

'In his new policy, Cameron invoked plenty of Churchillian “never again” language, including a “guarantee” to hold a referendum on any new EU treaty and an opt-out from the charter of fundamental rights. More immediately, however, he also promised to repatriate powers to Britain, including social and employment legislation.
 
This is not without technical complexity – and great political challenge. As Shane Fitzgerald and Paul Gillespie pointed out in a recent paper for the Institute of International and European Affairs, repatriation could only happen in a new treaty.'
 
EU officials on alert for ill-wind that will accompany Cameron
 
The Irish Times - 9 February 2010

'Lord Puttnam, who lives in Skibbereen, Co Cork, said students and teachers perform better in best built environments and that choices were made here during the boom years to spend money on less worthy projects.
 
Speaking in Dublin at the Institute of International and European Affairs, he said education spending should account for a minimum of 7 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP).'
 
Poor state of schools Shameful - Puttnam

The Irish Times - 20 January 2010

 'The Development of industry-wide carbon-footprinting tools is urged in a new study on Irish agriculture in the next decade.
 
The study, entitled From Farm to Fork, was published yesterday by the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) in Dublin. It brought together experts across the agri-food sector to prepare a plan to cut the carbon footprint of Irish agriculture in the next decade and address the huge challenges this will present, as well as looking at climate change and resource depletion.'
 
Climate shift could create new openings in agri-food
 
The Irish Times - 4 December 2009

 'As well as Enterprise Ireland, iGap has enlisted the support of the Irish Software Association, the Irish Internet Association and the Institute of International and European Affairs to devise a training programme aimed at fast-tracking entrepreneurs' international business efforts.'
 
Ireland needs to ramp up and fund more internet business start-ups
  
Irish Independent - 19 November 2009

'The State’s exclusive coastal zone should be extended from 12 miles to 25 miles to give greater protection to marine life, according to a policy paper published by the Institute of International and European Affairs, writes Lorna Siggins.'
 
Call for coastal zone to be extended
  
Irish Times - 6 November 2009

 
'Much of the work on the retrofit blueprint has already been done, and a consultation with utility companies on energy reduction targets is almost complete.
The scheme is expected to mirror much of the content of a report launched last week by the Irish Institute of International and European Affairs.
 
"Energy savings for 1 million homes" - Energy Minister proposes plan to retrofit homes
 
Sunday Business Post - 25 October 2009

 
'Joseph Curtin, the Institute of International and European Affairs senior researcher who collated the institute’s report, said there were more than 400,000 homes in IrelandwithaG1energy rating, which is the lowest possible score on the recently-introduced Building Energy Rating (BER) system.'
 
"Energy-efficiency plan welcomed" - Government plan reflecting IIEA proposal seen as economic opportunity
 
Sunday Business Post - 25 October 2009

 
'The compelling economic case for a full national home retrofit programme was set out yesterday by the Institute of International and European Affairs.  Its Greenprint report envisages a 12-15 year programme costing €1-€1.5 billion annually, but saving a similar amount in reduced heating bills, while creating 30,000 jobs directly, reducing fuel poverty and cutting Ireland's annual emissions by 5 million tonnes.'
 
"McWilliams becomes a devoted convert to ecology" - Economist recognized the life-or-death importance of the environment
 
Irish Times - 22 October 2009

 
'The proposal by the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), which is based in Dublin, sets out ways for households to cut their energy costs.

It concludes that about 1.2 million homes could be upgraded to save energy costs through a range of methods, including improved wall and attic insulation and more efficient lighting.'
 
"Plans 'can cut €1,100 off home energy bill'" Energy Minister introduces plan to trim back energy costs
 
Irish Examiner - 22 October 2009

 
'And a new report by the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) says over 30,000 construction jobs would be created if 1.2 million homes were upgraded.'
 
"Upgrades could save us €1,000 in heating bills" - Government plan can save money and create jobs
 
Independent - 22 October 2009

 
'At a conference on organised crime in Dublin yesterday, Det Chief Supt Pat Byrne said other European countries should examine the Irish model of non-conviction based forfeiture of criminal assets. The conference, hosted by the Institute of International and European Affairs, was also addressed by Europol director Rob Wainwright and Gary Leong, senior lawyer with the Serious Fraud Office in Britain.'
 
"€20 weekend drugs spend funds gang killings, says the Cab" - New Cab Chief links drug purchases to gangland crime
 
Irish Times - 16 October 2009

 
'We’re trying to raise the model of criminal assets seizure in Europe, through, in particular, the establishment of our new Europol CAB as a platform for more integrated efforts in this area."  Mr Wainwright was speaking at a conference entitled Organised Crime, Corruption and Financial Crime, held at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin yesterday.'
 
"European Criminal Assets Bureau bassed on CAB" - Europol Director praises CAB in Ireland
 
The Examiner - 16 October 2009

 
'The government should be able to spend exchequer funding on a campaign to encourage people to back changes it proposes to the Constitution, former EU commissioner, Peter Sutherland has said.
 
The Supreme Court’s McKenna judgment, which barred such spending, has “not merely been interpreted as inhibiting but actually as precluding” the Government from such spending, he said.'

Campaign funding restrictions criticised
 
Irish Times - 25 July 2009

 
'European Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes will speak on Recent Developments in Competition Regulation in Dublin next Friday. Dr Kroes was president of Nyenrode university in the Netherlands from 1991 to 2000 and was previously Dutch minister for transport and public works.

The talk takes place at 12.45pm on July 17th at the Institute of International and European Affairs office on North Great Georges Street, Dublin. For more details, call 01-8746756 or e-mail reception@iiea.com.'
 
Competition commissioner to speak in Dublin
 
Irish Times - 13 July 2009

 
'Bo Lundgren... has found himself an unlikely celebrity abroad -- what with his testimony to a US congressional panel, visits to Spain, Germany and Britain in recent months.
 
"The interest all came as a complete surprise," said Lundgren... Aside from the trips abroad, there have been interviews -- and lots of them. The BBC, Fox and CNN have all rented studios with satellite link-ups in Stockholm since the crisis began. "Even Al-Jazeera wanted to know how we handled the situation."
 
...After popping up on RTE Radio One's 'Morning Ireland', the man dubbed 'Mr Fix-It' sat through two-and-a-half hours of questioning at an Oireachtas committee meeting, before addressing the Institution of International and European Affairs.
 
"Ireland hopes Swedish Mr Fix-It has the answer to banking crisis" 
 
The Independent - 9 July 2009

 
'Bo Lundgren, director general of the Swedish National Debt Office, says they nationalised in the end despite not wanting to.'
 
"Sweden's Banking Crisis Could Hold Lessons" - Bo Lundgren on the Swedish model of solving banking crises
 
Morning Ireland - 7 July 2009

 
'Speaking at the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Finance and the Public Service, Mr Lundgren said: “Your problems are greater than ours, to put it mildly.” He said it would take “a year or two” to repair the Irish banks and there would be “costs to handle”.
 
“You should handle bad assets as long as it takes to recover the value,” he said.
 
Mr Lundgren, who was also speaking at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin, said the total balance sheet of the Swedish banking sector amounted to 120 per cent of GDP. This compares with 300 per cent of GDP for the Irish banks.'
 
"Bank repairs may take 'year or two" - Head of the Swedish National Debt Agency, Bo Lundgren, on the rescue of the Swedish banking sector and Ireland's financial challenges
 
Irish Times - 8 July 2009

 
View the video of Mr Ban's Dublin Castle address here.  Download the official IIEA press release here and the transcript of Mr Ban's speech here.  View excerpts from Mr Ban's speech and photos from the event here.
 
'The UN chief will also meet President Mary McAleese and Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin, as well as attending the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Mr Ban will give an address at Dublin Castle this morning, under the auspices of the Institute of International and European Affairs, entitled Sixty Years of UN Peacekeeping.'
 
"Cowen to Discuss Climate Change with Ban Ki-moon"  
 
Irish Times - 7 July 2009 

 
'UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today praised Ireland’s contribution to peacekeeping claiming the country was a dynamic presence in the international body.  Mr Ban said Irish personnel had served with distinction throughout the organisation.

In a major speech in Dublin Castle Mr Ban paid tribute to Irish soldiers killed in the line of duty under the UN flag, expressing his deepest appreciation for the country’s commitment.
 
"Ban praises Irish role in peacekeeping" - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses IIEA
 
Irish Times - 7 July 2009

 
'UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has paid tribute to Ireland's contribution to UN peacekeeping missions over the past 50 years.  Mr Ban also paid tribute to the 90 Irish citizens who lost their lives during UN missions.  The UN Secretary General was addressing members of the Institute of International and European Affairs at Dublin Castle this morning.'
 
"Ban pays tribute to Irish peacekeepers" - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses IIEA 
 
RTÉ News - 7 July 2009

 
'The net effect of this [agency capture], says Joseph Curtin of the Institute of International and European Affairs, is that the common good is the big loser when special interests hold court. For Ireland, he argues, this manifests itself as “a congenital inability to think strategically”.'
 
"Climate law must freeze out vested interests" - Joseph Curtin on agenda- setting in climate change policy
 
Irish Times - 2 July 2009

 
'In a lecture on 'The Europe We Need', delivered at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin yesterday, [Timothy Garton Ash] said: “We are launched on big and stormy seas. We need a bigger and better boat, and there are also still some monsters in the deep.'
 
"Lisbon 'needed for stormy seas' of fiscal crisis" - Timothy Garton Ash speaks at the IIEA
 
Irish Times - 24 June 2009

 
'Former Icelandic Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde visited Ireland last week with bad news for the ‘Celtic Tiger’, saying its economy will shrink more than Iceland’s this year.  According to the Irish Independent, Haarde spoke at the Institute of European Affairs in Dublin, where he said that EU membership would not have saved Iceland’s banking sector last autumn and that proposed EU financial reforms now do not go far enough to prevent a future collapse.'
 
"Haarde in Dublin: Ireland worse than Iceland"- Geir Haarde speaks to the IIEA
 
 
Ice News - 22 June 2009

 
'Mr Haarde warned proposed EU reforms of the banking sector don't go far enough and won't prevent further crises. "The EU will have to do a lot of work on financial regulation," Mr Haarde said in a speech at the Institute of European Affairs.'
 
"Irish GDP will shrink faster than Iceland's, says ex-PM" - Geir Haarde speaks to the IIEA
 
Irish Independent - 19 June 2009

 
'I think we could pull ourselves out of the recession without applying for membership.  In any event, applying for membership, let alone seeking the Euro, is a matter of time.  It will take several years.” --Geir Haarde, before speaking to the Institute of International and European Affairs.'
 
Geir Haarde Former Icelandic PM in Dublin address (skip to 22 minutes past)
 
RTE Morning Ireland - 18 June 2009 

 
'Treaty expert Peadar ó Broin of the Irish Institute of European Affairs said the format so far is following the Danish model when they opted out of defence and justice in 1992. Only later in 1997 did it become a protocol attached to the Amsterdam treaty.  Even without treaty status, it would be a strong document as it would have the political support of all member states and would be binding in international law...'
 
"EU ambassadors approve Lisbon guarantees for Ireland" - Peadar O Broin on the Treaty of Lisbon
  
Irish Examiner - 17 June 2009 

 
'Brendan Halligan, the chairman of Sustainable Energy Ireland, believes the social partners have not yet quite internalised the green agenda but are close to doing so. "The Irish system is very peculiar," he said. "It takes time but when it decides to do something it does it, and it does it well."'
 
"Emerald Isle plots green revolution" - IIEA work on Agriculture
 
The Guardian - 14 June 2009

 
'The campaigns “have been very national in character. they’ve been fought quite largely on domestic issues and the domestic economic situation,” said Joseph Curtin, a senior researcher at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin.'
 
"Merkel, Sarkozy Win EU Vote, Easing Stimulus Pressure" - Joseph Curtin on European Parliament Elections 
 
Bloomberg - 7 June 2009

 
'Wu, co-author of the 2006 book Who Controls the Internet? and a leading scholar in internet law, spoke on Monday at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin on how these sectors fluctuate between openness, with numerous competitors, and the flipside tendency towards having a dominant monopoly in control.'
 
"Barrier- Free Growth Zone" - Tim Wu speaks at the IIEA
 
Irish Times - 29 May 2009

 
'Today’s innovative web and mobile technologies risk following the path taken by radio, TV and film, and move from being open and entrepreneurial markets to markets monopolised by one or several large companies.  This is according to Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School who spoke yesterday about the future of telecommunications at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin.'
 
"Warning of Technology Monopolies" - Tim Wu speaks at the IIEA
 
Irish Times - 26 May 2009

 
'In Dublin this week to give a keynote talk to the Institute of International and European Affairs’ Digital Futures group, Bailar now splits his time between speaking and consulting, working with his personal investments, and doing philanthropic work.  His Dublin talk focused on how technology can help fight the recession, and the need to rethink technology in the light of changing infrastructure – the need to cut consumption, and find new energy sources.'
 
Gregor Bailar speaks at the IIEA
 
Irish Times - 15 May 2009