We welcome the opportunity to contribute to this consultation, particularly since it arises from the Department of the Taoiseach’s recognition of the need to safeguard against ‘group think’ in identifying strategic risks to the country.
We recommend that three categories of risk be added to the Draft List:
• environmental and economic risks arising from economic growth dependency
• stress-related health risks, including addiction
• reputational and environmental risks, and risks to multilateralism, arising from corporate taxation policy
We believe that the Irish Government will find itself unable to successfully alleviate many of the complex and deeply challenging risks that it is facing unless it questions a number of widely-held assumptions concerning the nature of economic success or failure. We therefore argue in this submission that a change in mindset will be a prerequisite for finding a way forward.
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