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The 10 reasons why house prices and rents must fall

PJ Drudy 08/10/2018

House prices in recent years should never have been allowed to soar to the point where they have become unaffordable for the vast majority of …

NBP: Problematic privatisation

Donal Palcic 28/09/2018

The roots of the ongoing debacle with the implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) can be traced back to the privatisation of Eircom. …

The solution to the housing crisis?

Rory Hearne 14/09/2018

There is general acceptance that the housing crisis has reached unacceptable levels. However, the government’s current policies are inadequate to …

Will the Rainy Day Fund Become Another Corporate Bailout?

Paul Sweeney 03/09/2018

The last National Pension Reserve Fund was raided & most of it was squandered. Ireland had a Sovereign Wealth Fund – 1% of GNP plus profits …

Think Tanks Should Put 'Public' Back in Policy

Shana Cohen 23/08/2018

According to the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Society Program, “think tanks are public policy research, analysis, and …

Living wage

Robert Sweeney 17/07/2018

LAST WEEK THE Living Wage Technical Group published an update of the living wage in Ireland. The living wage calculates the wage needed to live a …

The Irish Entrepreneurial State

Paul Sweeney 27/06/2018

In the last blog I set out how Aer Lingus, an entrepreneurial Irish state company, grew into a major company with over 14,000 employees in several …

No ordinary housing crisis

Rory Hearne 20/06/2018

As I outlined in the first part of this article (see link here), the housing and homelessness crisis is no ordinary crisis. This is not a temporary …

The Crucial Role of Enterprise Policy

Sean Ó Riain 19/06/2018

This past week has brought new controversies about Ireland’s status as a ‘tax haven’, following new research from researchers at the University …

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James Stewart

Dr James Stewart is Adjunct Associate Professor at Trinity College Dublin. His research …

Michelle Maher

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

Rory Hearne

Rory Hearne is a postdoctoral researcher in the Maynooth University Social Sciences …