Category: Welfare


Guest post by Dr Pauline Conroy: Welfare for work

Pauline Conroy 03/09/2010

Pauline Conroy: The proposal that 10,000 unemployed people will be offered 19.5 hours of social or environmentally useful work a week is an answer to …

Why do we pay people social welfare?

Nat O'Connor 30/08/2010

Nat O'Connor: We pay people social welfare because, in a democracy, every participant is entitled to a minimum share of our national wealth to …

US Lessons on the Failure of Pension Tax Arrangements

Sinéad Pentony 12/08/2010

Sinéad Pentony: Last week, Professor Teresa Ghilarducci's spoke at a pensions seminar co-hosted by TASC, TCD Pension Policy Research Group and the …

Is the National Pensions Framework a Policy for Pensions or a Policy for the Pensions Industry?

Gerard Hughes 06/04/2010

Gerry Hughes: In the National Pensions Framework document the Government points out that between 2004 and 2009 it increased the State Pension …

Basel III, pensions and the recapitalisation of Irish banks

An tSaoi 11/02/2010

An Saoi: Wednesday’s Financial Times had a very interesting article on proposed changes in banking rules under Basel III. Sensibly, the Bank of …

Budget 2010: landlords 1, SW recipients nil

16/12/2009

in 2010, the savings made by cutting Social Welfare will be almost exactly the same as the spend on tax breaks for landlords (SW saving = €809 …

Oh, for the good ol' days

Michael Taft 14/12/2009

Michael Taft: With public sector pay and social welfare cuts, with the Minister announcing a ‘national downward adjustment in wages’ (that’s …

Budget 2010 will do nothing to get the economy out of recession

Tom O'Connor 10/12/2009

Tom O'Connor: Budget 2010 will cause immense hardship and will do nothing to get the economy out of recession. The four billion in savings could have …

Some stories are too good for facts

Michael Taft 08/12/2009

Michael Taft: It’s good the administrators of this blog brought Peter Connell’s post back up to the top. Last night, Prime Time Investigates …

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