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Ireland’s route from boom to bubble to bust

Paul Sweeney 15/10/2019

Ireland’s volatile economic path of recent decades has wider European policy implications  The ‘Celtic Tiger’, Ireland’s rapid …

How to defeat the politics of division and polarisation

Shana Cohen 08/10/2019

Over the next few weeks we will see if the political tactic of accelerating divisiveness triumphs over calls to restore civility in the UK. Neither …

We can’t say we haven’t been warned!

Sean McCabe 16/08/2019

Two significant reports were published in the past fortnight. The first was released to much clamour and made headlines around the world. The second …

The Inequality of Unemployment

Nora Hassan 17/07/2019

  Ireland was among the European countries hit hardest by the financial crisis with unemployment soaring to 15 per cent. In the years following the …

Inequality in Ireland today

Robert Sweeney 04/07/2019

In previous blogs I discussed the nature of inequality in Ireland today. I noted that Ireland i) ranks in the middle among EU countries ii) has …

Climate action plan is nothing if it fails to address inequality

Sean McCabe 24/06/2019

- Appeared in the Irish Times, June 24, 2019. The 2019 climate action plan, taken at face value, aims to catapult Ireland from laggard to leader on …

A Pivotal Moment?

Paul Sweeney 17/06/2019

Phillip Lane, departing governor of the financial regulator, the Central Bank, wrote a farewell letter to the government calling for the cap on bank …

How can the agricultural sector engage a Just Transition?

Sean McCabe 11/06/2019

The second part of this blog on a Just Transition for agriculture considers how to enact a Just Transition for agriculture in Ireland that …

What next for Irish unemployment policy?

07/06/2019

By Dr Tom Boland and Dr Ray Griffin WUERC, Waterford Institute of Technology Kindly funded through the IRC New Horizons Interdisciplinary Research …

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Rory Hearne

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

Robert Sweeney

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

Paul Sweeney

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