On 8 December 2016 the ESRI’s founder, Dr. T.K. Whitaker celebrates his 100th birthday. Dr. Whitaker was one of an influential group of public figures in the late 1950s who became aware of a need for an enhanced analytical foundation for economic policy-making in Ireland. Dr. Whitaker led negotiations with the Ford Foundation in the US and secured the initial funding which allowed for the creation of the Economic Research Institute, as it was then known, in 1960. Dr. Whitaker remained a board member of the Institute into the 1990s and was a constant source of support and inspiration. The staff and Council send their best wishes to Dr. Whitaker on this momentous day.
The ESRI works towards a national vision of ‘Informed policy for a better Ireland’. This means producing high-quality analysis to provide robust evidence for policymaking, with the goals of research excellence and policy impact.
The ESRI produces research that contributes to understanding economic and social change in the new international context and that informs public policymaking and civil society in Ireland.