Category: Economics


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 address the crisis because, firstly, they underestimate the scale of the crisis. Secondly, they are refusing to accept that the overall housing policy framework they are pursuing through Rebuilding …



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 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 …

It's High Time to Examine the Night Time Economy

Kirsty Doyle 19/05/2018

Many of us have found ourselves in the centre of nightlife areas as pubs and nightclubs are closing, and contest to the disorder that often arises in …

Statistics don’t always tell the truth

Sinead Pembroke 08/05/2018

Today, statistics are major currencies in policy discussions and debates. They are used as weapons by government ministers, politicians and political …

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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 …

James Stewart

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