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NESC@50 Conference – Retrospective & Highlights

As part of the Council’s NESC@50 programme of research and events, a major policy conference was held on Thursday, 23rd November 2023 in Dublin Castle. The conference brought together a capacity audience of 300 members of the national and international policy community to consider what ‘A Thriving Ireland’ means, and the actions required to ensure it. The event focused on NESC’s vision, its foundations and the actions needed to support and enable it. It also demonstrated the Council’s specific way of working – research, dialogue and advice – in action.

Click on the links below for a more in-depth view of the conference and related work:


You can also use the slideshow below to scroll through a gallery of photographs from the day:


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The above video feature contributions from John-Mark McCafferty, CEO, Threshold (0:07); Gráinne Mullins, CEO and Founder, Grá Chocolates (2:47); Governor Joe Donohue, Shelton Abbey Open Centre (4:54); Ejiro Ogbevoen, Counselling Psychotherapist, Founder and CEO, Black Therapists Ireland (7:18); Cian FitzGerald, Researcher – Security and Defence/Foreign Policy, Institute of International and European Affairs (10:26); Stephanie Manahan, CEO, Pieta (12:13); and Jack O’Meara, CEO, Ochre Bio (15:20).