An economics lecturer at NUI Galway, Alan is also a Member of the Commission (Board) of the Central Bank of Ireland and is a research fellow at Bruegel. Alan served as Special Adviser to the former Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan from March 2009 until March 2011. Previously, he worked as a Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Board. Alan holds a Ph.D. in economics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Diarmaid Ferriter is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD. His books include The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 (2004), Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the life and legacy of Eamon de Valera (2007) and Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland (2009). His new book, Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s has just been published. He is a regular broadcaster on RTE television and radio and contributes to a number of Irish newspapers.
This speaker is sponsored by NUI, Galway's Millennium Fund
BBC investigative reporter Peter Taylor is one of the most experienced and respected journalists to have reported on Northern Ireland and the maker of several acclaimed documentaries on the Troubles in Northern Ireland, on contemporary counter-insurgency and on the intelligence agencies. He is the author of eight books including three related books on the Troubles called Provos: The IRA and Sinn Féin, Loyalists, and Brits: The War against the IRA, which he also made into television documentaries. He has made influential documentaries about Bloody Sunday and the Maze prison as well as ‘The Secret Peacemaker’ a documentary about key intermediary Brendan Duddy whose papers were donated to NUI Galway in 2009. In 2007 Peter Taylor chronicled and presented the BBC four-part series, Age of Terror. In March 2011, he presented the BBC2 two-part series, The Secret War on Terror and in April 2012, he was presenter and reporter for the BBC2 two-part series Modern Spies. In this panel he will screen and talk about some of his documentary work dealing with the Troubles. This will be followed by a Roundtable discussion involving academics from QUB and the Huston School and the School of Sociology and Politics at NUI Galway