An Enlightening Evening at DkIT - George Lee: What Now For the Irish Economy?

George Lee, RTE broadcaster, economist and former politician, was the guest speaker at the recent Annual Accounting Lecture at Dundalk Institute of Technology. The lecture was entitled "What Now For The Irish Economy..." and was open to the public and saw a great turn out from DkIT students and lecturers, local accountants and interested members of the public.

The evening commenced at 6.30 with refreshments on arrival, followed by a warm welcome by Shane Hill, Head of Department of Management and Financial Studies. There was great excitement in the lead up to Mr Lee's talk. He was introduced by Brian Morris, Lecturer in Corporate Reporting and Accountability. Brian gave a brief resume of Lee's career and his amusing introduction set the scene for a very warm evening.

From the outset Lee had the audience's undivided attention. The serious lecture was interspersed with light hearted moments. His winning personality was clear and it made the event thoroughly enjoyable, which may be surprising since it was dealing with the 'dismal science of economics'. George covered issues such as his own professional history, current government policy, the causes of the recession, and suggested areas of work that might give the Irish Economy some hope. He stressed the fact that it is the youth of our nation that will pull us out of the depression in which we find ourselves, with their creativity, innovation and IT skills. He used the concluding section of his talk to focus on a number of young Irish entrepreneurs whom he has met in recent years. Students attending the lecture were encouraged and left hopeful that it is possible to turn these difficult times around into an opportunity. Thinking outside the box is vital.

After the talk, Shane Hill made a presentation to George Lee. There followed an awards ceremony for students, sponsored by both the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) in Ireland and Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants.

The CPA prizes for the Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance were presented by Gail McEvoy, former president of CPA. The award winners were, Gary Mulligan, Zhao Meng Tian, Laura Wynne, Robert Bowens, Anna Clarke, Paul Martin, Hu Na and Fintan Dullaghan.

The Grant Thornton prizes for the Masters in Accounting were presented by Finbarr O'Connell, VAT Director at Grant Thornton. The award winners were Charity Wangururo and Robert Grey.

Pictured are: Robert Grey, Zhao Meng Tian, Paul Martin, Charity Wangururo, Brian Morris, Finbar O'Connell, Gail Mc Evoy, Cathal Kearney, George Lee, Michael O'Murchu, Laura Wynne, Anna Clarke, Gary Mulligan, Fintan Dullaghan, Pat O'Neill, Hu Na

Congratulations to everybody involved.

The evening ended with a thank you and a few words of encouragement from Cathal Kearney, Head of School of Business and Humanities at Dundalk IT

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