Category: Inequality


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 minimum acceptable standard of living. The technical group, comprising various civil society organisations and academics, bases its findings on VPSJ research gauging ‘what members of the public believe …



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 …

Facing difficult choices: precarious workers' access to healthcare in Ireland

Sinead Pembroke 21/03/2018

Imagine you have an excruciating backache that won’t go away. What if you have a virus that you need a prescription of anti-biotics to cure? Or …

Fat Cat Wednesday

Michael Taft 10/01/2018

Today, just seven working days into the New Year, the average remuneration for CEO’s in the top 21 Irish companies (which represent 95 percent of …

Property, fundamentals, and affordability (part 2)

Robert Sweeney 15/12/2017

Part 1 of this blog examined whether and to what extent the trajectory of Irish property prices was driven by changes in underlying fundamentals. We …

Property, fundamentals, and affordability (part 1)

Robert Sweeney 11/12/2017

The season of goodwill to all is quickly approaching. Last year, that goodwill manifested itself in an outpouring of solidarity for the homeless in …

Living Wage 2017

Nat O'Connor 05/07/2017

The Living Wage is now €11.70 per hour, which means that is how much a single person would have to earn if he or she was working 39 hours/week in …

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Vic Duggan

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

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

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