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28 May 2024  

Edward J Phelan Lecture 2015



The Future of Work

By His Excellency Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

The National University of Ireland and the International Labour Organization have collaborated in organizing the second Edward Phelan Lecture.

It was given by His Excellency Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland on Thursday 26 February 2015 in the College Hall, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

There was a response from Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO.

Born in Ireland, Edward Phelan had a distinguished career at the International Labour Organisation. He was official advocate of the ILO Project at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, became its fourth Director in 1941 and Director General under its new constitution in 1946.

He was the innovator of the ILO “tripartite’ formula which forms the basis of representation at International Labour Conferences. Each country’s delegation includes not only Government delegates, but also representatives of workers’ and employers’ organizations, a model for social partnership.




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