Category: Welfare


Why is Ireland such a high-cost country?

Rory O'Farrell 30/06/2022

In Ireland, the price level of consumer goods and services are 40% above the EU average. Why is this the case? Our high prices are almost entirely due to the high cost of services (which includes renting a home) rather than goods (figure below). The price of goods in Ireland is largely in line with other European countries, with the exception of …



New Partnership between Citizens and the State is Good News for Hard Pressed Parents

Colm O'Doherty 09/06/2022

At a time when the Government is embroiled in a damaging row over the planned move of the National Maternity Hospital its new National Model of …

Essential workers: visible and invisible, organised and unorganised

James Wickham 03/02/2022

What about the workers? The pandemic led to a continual discussion of working from home and its consequences for everything from domestic life to …

The creeping marketisation of welfare and employment services

Michael McGann 12/07/2021

The issue of unemployment, and the hundreds of thousands of people who are out of work, has rightly been a focus of much media and policy attention …

A fair budget for today's pensioners ?

Rosheen Callender 16/10/2020

Today's pensioners were reasonably well served by Budget 2021. But what about tomorrow's pensioners?  Urgent and radical planning and action is …

'Tossed to the wind'?

27/07/2020

-The report 'Tossed to the wind'? The Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the reshaping of the Welfare State and this blog summary was written by …

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 …

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