Dr. Ide Kearney was an Associate Research Professor with the ESRI from 1996 to 2013. Prior to joining the ESRI she worked as an economist in the Research Division of the Central Bank of Ireland. She received her doctoral degree in 2001 from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. She was a Research Fellow of the ESRI from 1992 to 1996.Over a number of years her work at the ESRI involved development of the HERMES structural macroeconomic model and its use in preparing medium-term forecasts for the Irish economy as well as in a number of major policy studies. This work included developing detailed models of the Irish manufacturing and services sectors, as well as a structural model of energy demand, and a model of migration and the labour market. She also worked on the construction of smaller macroeconomic models for Estonia and Latvia which w used to assess the impact of EU structural funds in those countries. In recent years her research focused on developing a small structural model of the Irish labour market. Her research included the development of the supply-side of the HERMES model. Her research has been published in Economic Modelling and The Economic and Social Review. Ide was an author and editor of the biannual Medium Term Review publication for many years, as well as being a contributing author to the ex-ante evaluation of investment priorities published in 2006, the mid-term evaluation of the National Development Plan report published in 2003, the National Investment Priorities report published in 1999 and the major ESRI study on the impact of 1992 and the Structural Funds published in 1992. Between 2006 and 2010 she was an author and editor of the Quarterly Economic Commentary.