DEW is now in its 40th year. It is Ireland's premier conference dealing with economic policy issues in Ireland, and is attended by practitioners, policymakers and academics. For 32 years, the conference was held in Kenmare, County Kerry. 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 moved throughout Ireland. It will continue to be a vibrant conference orientated towards attainable policy solutions and the free exchange of ideas between policymakers, the academic community and the private sector.
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.