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Former Irish politician to talk on global economy

by Carol Elliott

October 30, 2012

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Mary Hanafin, a prominent Irish politician, educator and legislator, will present “An Irish Perspective: Doing Business in a Global Economy” at 5-6 p.m. Nov. 15 (Thursday) in the Jordan Auditorium, located in the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Hanafin served as a minister in the Irish government from 2000-2011—a time that saw a rapid economic expansion that earned it the descriptor of “Celtic Tiger,” followed by a dramatic reversal beginning in 2008 with the global recession.
A household name and personality in Ireland, her government roles included Minister of Education and Science (2004-08), Minister for Social and Family Affairs (2008-11), Minister for Tourism Culture and Sport (2010-11), and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation (2011). Hanafin previously worked as a teacher for 17 years, specializing the Irish language, literature and history. She is a renowned public speaker and a frequent commentator on national TV and radio.