DEW is over 30 years old. It has been a collection of academics that have organised seminars and conference throughout Ireland. The most notable conference was the 32-year long run at Kenmare. The "Kenmare Conference" as it became known, was a unique economic conference where civil servants, academics, professional economists, politicians, and journalists all met to discuss economic theory and policy. Kenmare was noted for its informal atmosphere where these groups freely networked and engaged in the exchange of ideas. Kenmare has now moves throughout Ireland. It will continue to be a vibrant conference orientated towards attainable policy solutions and the free exchange of ideas between policymakers and the academic community.

The DEW, in addition to the policy conference formerly known as "Kenmare", will continue to hold events in Dublin and elsewhere on more precise topics and support a series of academic seminars throughout the year.