Roy Geary, the Institute's first Director, had been a key figure in the Society all his life and hence the strong connection between the SSISI and the ESRI remained.
In Mary Daly's book on the history of the SSISI, she noted that the hiring of these foreign economists aroused hostile comment from Oliver J.
When I asked the late Professor Patrick Lynch to identify the most significant contribution made by SSISI he answered without hesitation, that it provided a forum where senior civil servants could express their opinions and debate issues of practical concern with businessmen, trade unionists, academics and others, a debate that is captured in the Journal.
Coverage in the newspapers was also limited; indeed meetings of the SSISI provided a significant proportion of the informed copy on contemporary socio-economic questions.
The survival of the SSISI is of itself a matter of historical significance.
SSISI was one of few places where women could present papers, and debate social questions on equal terms with men in nineteenth century Ireland.