Chair of the Network of EU Independent Fiscal Institutions
Chair of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council
Seamus Coffey is a lecturer in the Department of Economics in University College Cork in Ireland. His research and writing focuses on the performance of the Irish economy including fiscal outcomes, corporation tax, household debt, national accounts and other macroeconomic issues.
He became a member of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council in 2016 and was appointed Chairperson of the Council in January 2017. In 2019, he was part of the peer-review team that undertook an OECD-led review of the Lithuanian IFI, the Budgetary Policy Monitoring Department of the National Audit Office.
In October 2016, he was appointed the independent expert by the Irish Minister for Finance to undertake a Review of Ireland's Corporation Tax Code following the Apple state-aid ruling. Many of the recommendations in the Review were incorporated in Ireland's Corporation Tax Roadmap published by the Minister for Finance in September 2018. In 2017, he was included by the International Tax Review in their Global Top 50 of the most significant influences in the area of tax.
He is a member of the Economic Statistics Expert Review Group which works with Ireland's Central Statistics Office on reviewing Ireland's macroeconomic statistics. He also serves on the external advisory board to the Irish Governmental Economic Evaluation Service and of the council of the Irish Economic Association, the national scientific body for economists in Ireland. He was awarded a place on an Eisenhower Fellowships programme in the United States for the summer of 2019. He is a regular contributor to print, broadcast and online media relating to the Irish economy and fiscal matters.