Adam Smith Economic Institute London visits Newry’s Sacred Heart Grammar School

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Friday, December 6th, 2019

Speakers from Westminster-based, free-market led, think tank, The Adam Smith Institute recently visited the Sacred Heart Grammar in Newry for an Economics and Politics lecture day.

Over 150 sixth form students attended the event from six schools spanning all over Ireland.

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Schools in attendance included Sacred Heart Grammar, Newry, Abbey CBS Grammar, Newry, St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena, St Louise’s College, Belfast, Sullivan Upper, Belfast and Rockford College, Tipperary.



All students and staff present listened to a variety of stimulating lectures and participated in superb Q&A sessions.

The lecture topics included the economics of immigration, lies and statistics, free markets, the welfare state, the gender pay gap, democracy and freedom and Brexit.

Much discussion focused on how free markets can enable economic growth and a more liberal social environment.

Mr McComb, subject leader of Economics at Sacred Heart told Newry Times, “The Economics and Politics day was enjoyable and informative, and the talks were pitched at a high level, challenging all student attendees to consider ideas that they would not normally encounter from a textbook, but which will be useful in an exam and, most importantly, broaden horizons.



“All of the speakers today have written for outlets such as The Telegraph, The Guardian, and The Times and also they all have made recent appearances on BBC One, ITV, Sky News, BBC News, LBC and BBC Radio 4.

“This was apparent as their opinions were supported by extensive research and economic analysis.

“They all spoke with passion and academic rigour and we thank them wholeheartily for giving up their valuable time and travelling over from London to share their research with us,” he added.



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