Category: Welfare


French to measure happiness

14/09/2009

French President Nicolas Sarkozy today announced that France will implement new indicators of economic performance incorporating measures of …

'Principle of revenue neutrality' proves Government's lack of vision

Mary Murphy 11/09/2009

Mary Murphy: The average percentage of GDP spent on social protection in the EU-15 is 27.5% (Eurostat, 2007) . The Irish rate of 18.2% compares badly …

Placing citizenship centre-stage: Michael D's take on the debate and what's missing

22/08/2009

Michael D. Higgins' opinion piece in today's Irish Times is well worth a read, especially in view of recent debates here on social welfare, rent …

Social welfare debate: What it really boils down to

Michael Taft 20/08/2009

Michael Taft: Having previously shown that the claims that we have a comparatively ‘lavish’ social welfare system’ are clearly false and not …

Current pension tax reliefs inequitable and unsustainable

Gerard Hughes 19/08/2009

Gerard Hughes: Reading Paul O’Faherty’s opinion piece in the Irish Times on 29 July one would not suspect that it is the private pension system …

Myth of 'lavish' Social Welfare spending revisited

18/08/2009

The myth of Ireland's lavish Social Welfare rates refuses to go away - its latest proponent was Constantiv Gurdgiev on RTE's Prime Time. The myth has …

Lower Rents Still Higher Than Rent Supplement in Dublin

Nat O'Connor 18/08/2009

Nat O'Connor: Rents drop 17% over 12 months according to DAFT’s latest Rental Report. This headline will be referred to in the next Budget to …

How to distract from the main issues

Slí Eile 15/08/2009

Slí Eile: The right have uncovered evidence that, with the average rate of price deflation accelerating, the 'real' value of social welfare rates to …

Falling prices and social welfare rates

Slí Eile 13/08/2009

Slí Eile: The preoccupation of some economists and commentators with falling prices and how they impact on the 'lower income deciles' is noticeable. …

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