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Housing precarity and the private rental sector

Michael Byrne 06/03/2018

Much of the response to rapid growth of the private rental sector has focused on the issue of high rent levels. This is hardly surprising given that …

Transparency Will be Key to Delivering the National Investment Plan

Eoin Reeves 28/02/2018

The new national development plan Project Ireland 2040 could very well be a game changer in terms of Ireland’s future economic prospects.  …

Time for Ireland to Act Honourably on Corporation Tax

Proinnsias Breathnach 22/02/2018

This is a reproduction of an article published previously on the Ireland After NAMA blog site.   The recent World Economic Forum at Davos brought …

Two Government Plans

Paul Sweeney 16/02/2018

The publication of two major government plans on investment, the NDP and the National Planning Framework was welcome. It is commendable that both …

Reform Targets for Higher Education in an Education System in Meltdown

Colm O'Doherty 13/02/2018

 Minister Bruton’s proposed reform of higher education must be set against the context of an education system which is in meltdown.  It should …

Many Lessons from the Carrillion Collapse

Paul Sweeney 23/01/2018

Many Lessons from the Carrillion Collapse.  The collapse of the huge construction and outsourcing company, Carrillion, in Britain, has many lessons …

Technology: friend or foe to working people?

Vic Duggan 16/01/2018

First, they came for the factory workers, but I did not speak out – Because I was not a factory worker. Later, they came for the bank tellers, but …

Fat Cat Wednesday

Michael Taft 10/01/2018

Today, just seven working days into the New Year, the average remuneration for CEO’s in the top 21 Irish companies (which represent 95 percent of …

Varadkar turns out to be a surprising believer in State enterprise

Paul Sweeney 01/01/2018

Looking back over the year, an interesting speech by the Taoiseach, which got lost in the confusion around Brexit, deserves attention for three …

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Michelle Maher

Dr Michelle Maher completed her PhD on the Irish pension system in 2016 at Maynooth …

Paul Sweeney

Paul Sweeney is former Chief Economist of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.  He is a …

Vic Duggan

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