The Governance Forum 2019 kicked-off this morning, 31 January 2019, with an event on Key Governance Topics in 2019. Professor Alan Ahearne of NUIG presented to the Forum on Irish economic performance and the outlook, budgetary policy and Brexit and its potential implications. Dr. Richard Boyle of the IPA presented the latest research findings on the Irish public service, including size, cost, quality of public administration and trust. He also discussed some emerging issues and trends. Finally, Terry Landers of Microsoft discussed a key issue for public, non-profit and private organisations, which is the growing area, risks and opportunities relating to data and Information technology, and raised some considerations for Boards and senior teams.