ESRI Council and Forum

The Institute’s statutory ruling body is the ESRI Council, currently comprising 14 members including the Director (Alan Barrett) and President/Chair (Padraig McManus).

ESRI Council members are elected at the Institute’s AGM for a three year term. They represent a cross-section of ESRI members: academia, civil services, state agencies, business and civil society.

Current ESRI Council Members
  • Padraig McManus, President and Chair of the Institute, Chair Eir
  • Alan Barrett, Director of the Institute (ex officio)
  • John Buckley, former Comptroller and Auditor General
  • Pádraig Dalton, Director General, Central Statistics Office
  • Emer Gilvarry, Partner, Mason, Hayes and Curran
  • John Martin, former Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD
  • David Moloney, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
  • Ronan Murphy, former Managing Partner of PwC, current board member of Davy and Liberty Insurance
  • Brid O’Brien, Head of Policy and Media, Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed
  • Sean O’Driscoll, President of the Glen Dimplex Group
  • Rowena Pecchenino, Department of Economics, Maynooth
  • Orlaigh Quinn, Secretary-General of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation
  • Pat Rabbitte, former Minister and former leader of the Labour Party
  • Sally Shortall, Professor of Sociology, Queen’s University Belfast
The ESRI Council has created the ESRI Forum to operate as an effective channel of two-way communication between the Institute and a broad representation of its major stakeholders in the public and private sectors, and in academia. All Council members are members of the Forum.
The ESRI Council makes nominations for membership of the Forum, drawing these nominations from organisations which have direct interest in the economic and social research undertaken by the Institute.
Forum members, who are also members of the Institute, are invited to participate in the Forum for a three-year period. They are consulted on the Institute‘s strategic development and are invited to engage at plenary Institute events and to interact with senior Institute research staff in areas of research relevant to their professional roles.
The current membership of the Forum is as follows:
Members of the ESRI Forum
  • Ms Siobhán Barron, National Disability Authority
  • Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc
  • Mr Jim Breslin, Department of Health
  • Mr Brian Cawley, Institute for Public Administration
  • Mr Tom Considine, Institute of Public Administration
  • Mr John Corrigan, National Treasury Management Agency
  • Mr Padraig Dalton, CSO
  • Ms Mary Doyle, Department of Education & Skills
  • Ms Mary Finan, Former Chairman of the ESRI Council
  • Mr Jim Flavin, Founder and former Chief Executive and Chairman of DCC PLC
  • Mr Donal Garvey, Former Director of the CSO
  • Dr Cathal Guiomard, Commission for Aviation Regulation
  • Mr Joseph Harford, Joe Harford & Associates
  • Mr Maurice Healy, The Healy Group
  • Mr Thomas Hunter McGowan, InterTrade Ireland
  • Mr John Hurley, Former ESRI Council Member
  • Dr Anne Looney, National Council for Curriculum & Assessment
  • Mr John Murphy, Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation
  • Dr Rory O’Donnell, NESC
  • Ms Niamh O’Donoghue, Department of Social Protection
  • Mr Tom O’Mahony, Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport
  • Mr Paul O’Toole, SOLAS
  • Mr Declan Purcell, Former Chairman of the Competition Authority
  • Professor Bill Roche, Michael Smurfit Business School
  • Dr James J Ruane, Former ESRI Council Member
  • Mr Martin Shanahan, IDA Ireland
  • Mr Fintan Slye, Eirgrid
  • Dr Don Thornhill, National Competitiveness Council
  • Mr Brendan Tuohy, Former Secretary General of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
  • Ms Anne Vaughan, Department of Social Protection
  • Mr Robert Watt, Department of Public Expenditure & Reform
  • Mr Padraic White, Former ESRI Council Member


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