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Europe

Paul Sweeney 24/04/2019

I am writing this in the south west of France, in one of the many villages which were walled to protect from neighbours, looking out at the …

Zero hours work

Michelle O'Sullivan 16/04/2019

There has much attention on zero hours work in Ireland in recent years. Former Labour Party Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash …

Is Ireland a Tax Haven?

James Stewart 05/04/2019

For several years various government ministers have stated ‘Ireland is not a Tax Haven’ and  the ‘Double - Irish has ended’.  Both of these …

Corporate tax policy in Ireland

James Stewart 12/03/2019

Tax incentives to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) have been the main tool of industrial policy in Ireland for over 50 years. As a result, …

How can the agricultural sector engage a Just Transition?

Sean McCabe 25/02/2019

How can the agricultural sector in Ireland participate in a Just Transition to constructively address inequality in the sector and tackle climate …

Inequality in Ireland today

Robert Sweeney 11/02/2019

A previous blog looked at the broad contours of inequality in Ireland today. What we found was that (i) inequality has grown here (ii) Ireland now …

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 …

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Vic Duggan

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

Sinead Pembroke

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

Paul Sweeney

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