The Role of the Economy in a Flourishing Society

Dundalk Institute of Technology are holding it’s first Green Week on Campus from 21st February to 25th February 2011 and we are delighted to welcome Sinéad Pentony, BSc; MAgSc; MSc., Head of Policy in TASC to give a talk titled “The Role of the Economy in a Flourishing Society”.  

Ms. Pentony joined TASC from Pobal, where she headed up Pobal’s research programme, where she designed and managed a range of socio-economic research projects, including a national research study on the development of an Index of Affluence and Deprivation.  During her time at Pobal, Ms. Pentony contributed to OECD publications on the evaluation of social inclusion projects.  Prior to joining Pobal, Ms. Pentony held a research position in UCD’s Rural Development Unit, where she led the formulation of an integrated community development plan for Co. Wexford.

TASC is an independent think-tank dedicated to combating Ireland’s high level of economic inequality and ensuring that public policy has equality at its core.  Economic inequality is not confined to income inequality, but exists across many areas of the economy – for example, asset ownership, wealth, taxation, health, housing and education.  Thus, fighting economic inequality is about ensuring that economic interests are rendered subordinate to the common good in areas such as education, health and welfare.  It is also about redistributing risk, wealth and power, which requires increased accountability and transparency at all levels.

TASC ‘s policy development work and research data come from a number of sources, in-house research and analysis with a  broad-based advisory council who assist in determining work programmes,  a network of economists and social scientists in Ireland who retain their academic base and internationally, a network of progressive think tanks who share policy insights and research data.  TASC also work in partnership with other organisations – national and international – which share TASC’s aim of creating a more equal society.
The talk takes place in the Syndicate Room, T K Whittaker Building on Friday 25th February, 2011 from 1pm to 2pm.  This is free and open to the public.