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The Foundation aims to make a positive contribution to inform policies and activities which address the major fiscal, economic and societal issues and opportunities we face in Ireland, reflecting the global environment in which we operate.  In particular, we aim to ensure that broader societal outcomes and objectives are reflected in the dialogue related to fiscal and economic matters.

2023 MHOB Prize Call for Nominations

The Foundation for Fiscal Studies presents the annual Miriam Hederman O’Brien Prize to recognise outstanding contributions  in the area of Irish fiscal, economic and social policy.

Nominations are invited for work completed during 2023. Nominated work may include individuals or institutions with output such as research papers, reports, books, book chapters, blog posts, opinion pieces, newspaper articles, television or radio contributions/documentaries or any other method which is  publicly available and which offers  new and relevant insights to help inform practical policy responses to the most strategic and significant issues we need to address in Ireland.

Criteria / Eligibility

  • The Prize is for work completed during the period 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.
  • There are no age or nationality criteria.
  • No individual may be awarded the Prize more than once. Previous winners can still be nominated and may be recognised for an award other than the main prize.
  • Jointly-produced work will be considered, provided that no contributor has previously been awarded the Prize.
  • Work produced by an institution rather than a named or specific author may be submitted and institutions are eligible even if they have previously won the Prize
  • Where funding has been provided by a third party or other organisation to support the work which is being nominated, this should be disclosed.

The Nomination Process

  • The closing date for nominations is 30 April  2024.
  • Those making nominations should briefly specify (100-150 words) why they believe the work is suitable for consideration for the Prize. They should also provide a weblink or other details of the work being nominated.
  • Those making nominations may nominate more than one piece of work.
  • Those making nominations are encouraged to nominate any pieces of work they feel meet the criteria for the prize, regardless of whether or not they themselves are the author. Authors may also nominate their own work.
  • Nominations for the Prize should be made by email to info@fiscal.ie.

For further information, visit www.fiscal.ie

Previous winners can be found here.


2022 MHOB Prize Winner


The Foundation for Fiscal Studies are delighted to announce the  winner of the Miriam Hederman O’Brien Prize 2022, The Commission on Taxation and Welfare for their work on The Report of the Commission on Taxation and Welfare 2022. The award was presented by Chairman of the Revenue Commissioners, Niall Cody.

2022 Winner

2022 Finalists

Last Event


Miriam Hederman O’Brien Award Ceremony

Thursday 16 February, @ 8:30am – 10:00am

The Foundation for Fiscal Studies hosted an award ceremony to announce the winner of the 2021 Miriam Hederman O’Brien prize recognising outstanding original work on policy issues of significance.  We were delighted to be joined by Minister of State, Jennifer Carroll MacNeill.

There were 11 papers nominated for the 2021 prize:

The event took place on Thursday 16 February from 8:30am to 10:00am at the Irish Tax Institute (eircode D02 H927).

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Foundation For Fiscal Studies
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Grand Canal Harbour
Dublin 2

Tel: +353 1 6631700
Fax: +353 1 6688387
Email: info@fiscal.ie

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