THIS WEEK'S INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL DWYER


Michael Dwyer hails from Gorey and is actively involved in community and social affairs. He is a Pro-Life activist and was involved in training people how to debate the key issues around the campaign to repeal the eighth amendment and how to defend the right to life of the unborn child. He is also Director of the Edmund Burke Institute - a movement that explores viable models for just economic progress. Michael holds a masters degree in Philosophy. His particular interests include political philosophy, the history of ideas and bioethics.

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From the website of the Edmund Burke Institute: www.edmundburkeinstitute.ie

'The Edmund Burke Institute was founded in 1988 in response to the economic crisis which Ireland was then experiencing. After the collapse of the previous boom the economy was badly managed by interventionist politicians and civil servants. Taxes were too high. Public services were poor. Unemployment was so great that it threatened the integrity – even the survival- of many communities. A whole generation left Ireland. The business community looked to state for guidance rather than to their own knowledge and experience. Worse, the media acquiesced in the state’s promises and prescriptions which had demonstrably failed. Privatisation and regulation were widely seen as being unthinkable.

hose willing to make the case for the market were few in number and rarely heard. It was in fact the very depth of the crisis which forced policy makers in all the political parties and perhaps more crucially within the civil service into a pragmatic reassessment of their activities.

However market based politics have yet to strike deep roots in Ireland. With rare exceptions the conversion of Irish lawmakers to the market is shallow. Too few Irish politicians and opinion formers have any theoretical grasp of the philosophic and economic grasp of the case for markets.

Consequently, the need for such bodies as The Edmund Burke Institute is as urgent as ever. However we are less interested in immediate issue than we are in moulding opinion over the long term'.

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