Dismal science says farewell to leading light ESRI’s FitzGerald retires today
Some 42 years after carrying out his first forecast on the Irish economy, John FitzGerald retires today from his role as research professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute. Prof FitzGerald’s career began in 1972 with the Department of Finance, where he worked on economic modelling and policy analysis. He became a TK Whitaker research fellow at the ESRI in 1982 and joined the institute in 1984. In a recent interview, Prof FitzGerald likened economic forecasting to completing a jigsaw: “Today, it’s 1,000 pieces and it’s all sky,” he said of the current economic climate. He is pictured with ESRI research assistants Niall Conroy, Adele Whelan, Ciara Morley and David Byrne on the eve of his retirement.