Statutes and Constitution of The Irish Economic Association

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(As amended: May 2006)


The Irish Economic Association, a national scientific body, is hereby established. It shall have its legal seat in Dublin Ireland at present at University College Dublin.


The aims of the Association shall be:

  1. to contribute to the development and application of economics in Ireland.
  2. improve communication and exchange between teachers, researchers and students in economics in Ireland.
  3. to develop and sponsor cooperation between teaching institutions and university level and research institutions in Ireland.
  4. to develop and sponsor cooperation between the Irish and the international economics community.


There shall be three categories of members:

  1. the category of individual members open to persons who by their profession, training or function are involved in the development and application of economics.
  2. the category of institutional members open to public and private institutions which materially support the Association.
  3. The category of honorary life membership, which may be conferred for distinguished contribution to the Economics profession. This shall be done by resolution of the Council and with the approval of the Annual General Meeting.


(a) Membership shall be accorded by the Council of the Association under conditions which shall be stated in the bye-laws. It shall be terminated:

  • at the request of the member;
  • if for one year membership dues are unpaid or the material support has effectively stopped;
  • by the decision of the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Council of the Association;
  • by the death of the member.

(b) Members of the Association shall enjoy direct access to members of the Bar, and in consequence they shall agree, as a condition of continuing membership, to pay all duly agreed fees arising form such access which may be owed by them to members of the Bar


The General Assembly consists of all individual members and is the basic legislative entity of the Association. In particular it has the power to:


  • amend the statutes;
  • approve and amend the bye-laws;
  • terminate membership according to Article 4;
  • elect members of the Council of the Association from members of the Association;
  • elect the Vice-President of the Association from members of the Association;
  • dissolve the Association in accordance with Article 18.


– A meeting of the General Assembly is convened once a year by the President of the Association at a time and place which together with the agenda of the meeting is made public at least one month before the date set for the meeting. The President will include in the agenda any item on the written request of at least twenty-five members. A resolution can only be validly adopted at the meeting if at least one-third of the membership has voted thereon and a majority of the votes, including duly delivered proxy votes, approves it.

– The election of the Vice-President and of elected members of the Council of the Association shall be determined by votes cast at the General Assembly and by proxy votes delivered to the Council not less than 7 days prior to the general Assembly Meeting.


The Council of the Association, henceforth called the Council, is responsible, subject to the general control of the General Assembly, for the wellbeing of the Association. It is composed of five ex officio members and of 6 other members. The ex officio members are the President, the Vice-President, the Past President, the Secretary and the Treasurer. The other members are Elected members. In addition, the Council shall have power to co-opt the person, who, for the time being, is editor of any Journal which publishes papers and proceedings of the Association.s annual conference. The Council.s particular duties are:

  • the general policy of the Association;
  • organisation of its activities;
  • approval of the budget and accounts;
  • according status of individual or institutional member;
  • preparation of annual report to the membership about the state of the Association;
  • appointment of the executive officers of the Association;
  • determination of membership dues.


The Council shall convene at least twice a year. At least one-half of its members must be present for decisions passed to be valid. Decisions shall be taken by the majority of votes of members present. The President has the casting vote in case of equality of votes of members in favour or against.


The Elected Members of the Council are elected for a term of six years. Every year nominations will be sought for replacements for those Elected Members whose term of office is due to expire.


The Council implements the decisions of the General Assembly. It is responsible for the administration of the Association.


The President of the Association shall preside over the Council and the meeting of the General Assembly, and shall represent the Association on general and in particular in legal matters. The term of office is for a period of not less then 98 weeks and not more than 110 weeks, starting immediately after the annual meeting of the annual General Assembly and ending at the conclusion of the second following annual meeting of the General Assembly.


The President is assisted by the Vice-President. If for any reason the President is unable to exercise the duties of President these devolve upon the Vice-President. The Vice-President succeeds the President when the latter vacates that office. Th Voce-President is elected at the General Assembly for a term of office of between 98 and 110 weeks, and assumes office immediately after the meeting.


After completion of a full term of office the President becomes Past President until succeeded in that position. The Past President assumes the duties of President if neither the latter nor the Vice-President is able to execute these. If also the Past President is unavailable these duties shall devolve upon a member of the Council as agreed by the Council.


The Secretary shall be in charge of the secretariat, draft a list of members once a year and keep the records of the Association. The Council appoints the Secretary from amongst the members of the Association and stipulates the term of office of the Secretary.


The Treasurer is in charge of the finances of the Association and shall report about these at least once a year to the Council, which appoints the Treasurer from amongst the members of the Association and stipulates the term of office of the Treasurer.


Six months prior to the next General Assembly meeting at which the current Vice-President’s term of office is due to expire, the President appoints a nominating Committee for the preparation of the election of the Vice-President and Elected Members of the Council. The Nominating Committee consists of at least three members. The Nominating Committee shall invite nominations for the position of Vice-President and, subject to the availability of Candidates, propose at least two names of members in good standing for the position. The bye-laws shall provide further rules for the nomination of Elected Members of the Council. The names of the candidates with the corresponding position shall appear on the ballot mailed out to members at least 30 days prior to the general Assembly Meeting. Only postal proxy votes returned 7 days before the general Assembly meeting and votes cast by members at the General Assembly meeting are valid. The candidate with the highest number of votes is elected for the position. In the case of candidates obtaining an equal number of votes, a ballot amongst the members of the Council will be held to resolve the matter.


The Council shall appoint for each past budget period an Auditor who is not a member of the Council, to report on the correctness of the accounts and on the conformity of expenditures to law and prevailing customs and usages. the Auditor reports the findings to the Council, which on this basis decides whether or not to approve the accounts. The President shall allow the Auditor to address the general membership if the Auditor is convinced that the Council is seriously failing in its financial responsibility.


Within 120 days following the acceptance of a resolution by the membership to dissolve the Association, the President shall organise a new postal ballot, by registered mail. the resolution becomes definitive if at least two thirds are cast in favour of it. the assets of the Association shall then be turned over to a recognised charity, on the decision of the Council.


All matters not mentioned in the present statutes shall be specified in the bye-laws and if not be regulated in accordance with the provisions of the law or with current usage for such matters.

I.E.A. Bye-Laws on Membership

(as amended)

  1. In accordance with Articles 2 and 3 of the Association.s Statutes the following conditions shall govern membership.
  2. Individual Membership is “open to persons who by their profession, training or function are involved in the development and application of economics” (Article 3a). In practice the following categories of persons will normally be eligible for membership of the Association in accordance with the above statutory provision:
    1. Staff in relevant departments and disciplines in Universities and other institutions of higher education.
    2. Staff in relevant disciplines in research institutes
    3. Relevant research department staff in other institutions
    4. Teachers of Economics and related subjects in schools
    5. Those in the private and public sectors whose work involves a significant amount of time devoted to economics issues or who because of their professional qualifications or otherwise have a significant interest or involvement in economics.
    6. Registered postgraduate students of economics
    7. Retired economists
  3. Honorary Life Membership: in accordance with Article 3 ( c) of the Statutes.
  4. Relevant departments, disciplines or individual involvement in 2 above shall include economic history, industrial and managerial economics, econometrics, and other disciplines which are generally recognized to have significant economic application or content.
  5. The individual membership subscription for categories (a) to (e) inclusive in 2 above shall be £15.00.
  6. Individuals in categories (f) and (g) in 2 above shall be eligible for a 50% reduction in their annual membership subscription.
  7. Institutional Membership is open to “public and private institutions which materially support the Association” (Article 3b). Accordingly, the Council of the Association may, at its discretion, grant such membership to any institution whose material support for the Association, or for any research or other project sponsored by the Association, is at least ten times the annual membership fee.
  8. Institutional membership shall not imply individual membership for the personnel of the institution in question, unless by prior and specific agreement with the Council on membership terms. Individual members of the Association or of its Council shall not be eligible to vote on any matter concerning the membership of an institution of which they are an officer or an employee.
  9. Applications for membership should be addressed to: The Secretary, Irish Economic Association, Department of Economics, Room D202, Arts Building, University College, Dublin 4.