Dis­mal sci­ence says farewell to lead­ing light ESRI’s FitzGer­ald re­tires to­day

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - BUSINESS NEWS - PHO­TO­GRAPH: ALAN BETSON

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.

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