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Envisaging pathways for our rural and coastal communities

Emmie Voet 13/07/2023

Introduction From the 5th to the 7th of July 2023, the Mary Robinson Climate Conference took place in Ballina, Co Mayo. Focusing on the …

Major Issues where Mainstream Economists Failed - Part 1

Paul Sweeney 04/07/2023

In the last blog, I examined the President of Ireland's speech critical of the lack of heterodoxy (or differences) in Irish economics. I argued that …

Neo-Liberalism and Neo Classical Economics in Ireland

Paul Sweeney 12/06/2023

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins' speech at the 21th of anniversary of TASC in April 2023, caused a lot of reaction from mainstream …

Blockchain is a 32-Year-Old Gimmick

Rory O'Farrell 30/05/2023

Blockchain is old hat. In 1991 blockchain was first proposed by two scientists at Bell Labs, long enough for the technology to mature and stand on …

Fiscal Rules Update

Robert Sweeney 15/05/2023

Last month the EU Commission released a communication on the fiscal rules that would, if implemented, have major implications for Europe. It would …

Energy poverty, environmental degradation, lack of affordable housing and the rise of the far right

Shana Cohen 09/05/2023

This article was first published in The Irish Times on the 9th of May 2023.   President Michael D Higgins’s speech at a recent …

On Economics

Robert Sweeney 08/05/2023

President Higgins’ comments on economics made a bit of a kerfuffle. He criticised, among other things, an obsession with economic growth, the …

What needs to be done to keep Irish beef farming alive and kicking

Molly Breen 11/04/2023

IntroductionAs a young student born and reared in County Dublin, I am no expert on the ins and outs of beef farming. Yet, I have always appreciated …

The principle of fair reciprocity can inform taxation in an ecosocial future

Mary Murphy 03/04/2023

This blog was first drafted as the authors speaking notes for a forum ‘The Fiscal Social Contract: How Taxation can be Applied as a Tool for Social …

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Vic Duggan

Vic Duggan is an independent consultant, economist and public policy specialist catering …

Kirsty Doyle

Kirsty Doyle is a Researcher at TASC, working in the area of health inequalities. She is …

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