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The Entrepreneurial Irish State

Paul Sweeney 31/01/2019

Perhaps the most sucessful example of the entrepreneurial state in Ireland is IDA Ireland. It is a state agency which has been incredibley successful …

Nationalism and nation

Colm O'Doherty 28/01/2019

I am a long-term admirer of Fintan O’ Toole’s writing but in his recent analysis of the factors which triggered Brexit (Not just the economy, …

Precarious work leads to precarious lives

Sinead Pembroke 24/01/2019

Precarious work precarious lives: how policy can create more security – a report recently published by FEPS-TASC – reveals that precarious work …

Inequality in Ireland today

Robert Sweeney 16/01/2019

With continuing housing crises, health crises, inadequate childcare, climate change inaction, there’s no shortage of public policy emergencies …

A divided state

Paula Clancy 02/01/2019

Dr. Paula Clancy is founding director of the independent, progressive Think Tank TASC (Think Tank for Action on Social Change) which she helped set …

Privatisation Pendulum Swings Back.

Paul Sweeney 20/12/2018

In my last blog in November, we saw that privatisation is being reversed in the UK, the original home of the Thatcher ideology of “rolling back the …

Now inevitable that public money will be wasted on rural broadband

Donal Palcic, Eoin Reeves 29/11/2018

The decision to continue with the procurement of the national broadband plan (NBP) is not a surprise as the main findings of the review by Peter …

A digital tax is coming

13/11/2018

The EU proposal to introduce a form of digital services tax (DST), that is, a tax on the sales revenues of firms whose main activities are in the …

Finally, the Privatisation Pendulum Swings Back.

Paul Sweeney 09/11/2018

Trends in Economics Trends in economics swing one way and then back. The privatisation trend that begun in the 1980s in the UK is finally swinging …

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Robert Sweeney

Robert Sweeney is a policy analyst at TASC and focuses on issues surrounding Irish …

Sinead Pembroke

Dr Sinéad Pembroke is a research fellow at the School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity …

Nat O'Connor

Nat O’Connor is a member of the Institute for Research in Social Sciences (IRiSS) and a …