Category: Economics


If Apple won’t pay tax what hope is there for civilisation?

Paul Sweeney 04/02/2017

Multinationals owe responsibility to a wider group than their shareholders. As the Apple tax case moves towards the European Union courts, €13 …

How policy is driving precarious work for professionals in childcare and higher education

Sinead Pembroke 17/01/2017

How much do we know about the working conditions of the educators who look after and teach our children, our family members and ourselves? For the …

Women at Work in Ireland

Paul Sweeney 03/01/2017

Did you know that until 1973 if a woman got married in the Irish civil service, she had to resign so that a man or single woman could take her job? …

A Progressive Development (growth) Policy for Europe

Paul Sweeney 29/11/2016

Did you know that last year 22.9 million people in the EU were unemployed, of which, a staggering 10.9 million people were long-term unemployed. At …

Is an Irish Trump possible?

Rory Hearne 25/11/2016

Trump’s election should make us reflect about our own national and regional economic and political situations and contexts. Trump’s success has …

A spiral out of control

Rory Hearne 11/11/2016

The Minister for Housing, Simon Coveney, indicated yesterday that he is not going to introduce rent regulation/certainty as it might deter the …

Much Progress on Costly and Wasteful Tax Breaks but Radical Change is now Needed.

Paul Sweeney 08/11/2016

Paul Sweeney: There has been much progress in getting rid of the most wasteful and destructive tax breaks, but many remain. Indeed a radical approach …

The difference a welfare state makes

James Wickham 13/10/2016

James Wickham: Two charts that tell very different stories about inequality in Ireland today… Both charts show the Gini coefficient of income …

Corporate Social Responsibility -the first casualty in Apple ‘truth fight’

Colm O'Doherty 17/09/2016

Colm O'Doherty: Viewed through a Corporate Social Responsibility lens the behaviour of the Irish State and Apple does not stand up to scrutiny. …

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