Posts by Dr Nat O'Connor

Nat O'Connor

Dr Nat O'Connor     @natpolicy

Nat O’Connor is a member of the Institute for Research in Social Sciences (IRiSS) and a Lecturer of Public Policy and Public Management in the School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy at Ulster University.

Previously Director of TASC, Nat also led the research team in Dublin’s Homeless Agency.

Nat holds a PhD in Political Science from Trinity College Dublin (2008) and an MA in Political Science and Social Policy form the University of Dundee (1998). Nat’s primary research interest is in how research-informed public policy can achieve social justice and human wellbeing. Nat’s work has focused on economic inequality, housing and homelessness, democratic accountability and public policy analysis. His PhD focused on public access to information as part of democratic policy making.

Cut Rents not Wages to Save Jobs in Retail

Nat O'Connor 23/06/2011

Nat O'Connor: Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) has released a survey of their members, which they contend shows that abolition of the JLC system would …

Political Reform Starts with Disclosure about Our Economy

Nat O'Connor 03/03/2011

Nat O'Connor: The Irish Examiner reports the not unexpected news that "Negotiators trying to hammer out a Fine Gael/Labour programme for government …

Economic Treason

Nat O'Connor 12/01/2011

Nat O'Connor: Tags like 'Economic Treason' have been liberally applied since the outset of our economic and political crisis. Green Party …


Nat O'Connor 20/12/2010

Nat O'Connor: The Irish Times reports on the €113 million owed to legal moneylenders, who can charge over 180 per cent interest. This is not a new …

Four Truths about the Irish situation (and one possible solution)

Nat O'Connor 17/12/2010

Nat O'Connor: The Government's four-year recovery plan doesn't address the issue of the banks. Without addressing this issue, the credibility of the …

Progressive Austerity?

Nat O'Connor 10/12/2010

Nat O'Connor: There has been a flurry of calculations about the effect of Budget 2011. One technical, but important, point is that our income tax …

Ireland's 'Inability to Pay' 5.8 Percent

Nat O'Connor 01/12/2010

Nat O'Connor: The interest rate on the EFSF loan is to be 5.8 per cent (on average). Can Ireland afford this? Professor Morgan Kelly of UCD wrote an …

Four-Year Plan: Tax Expenditure

Nat O'Connor 26/11/2010

Nat O'Connor: I'm going to call the National Recovery Plan "the four-year plan" because I believe we should encourage the next government to publish …

The IMF: Bringing in more transparency?

Nat O'Connor 19/11/2010

Nat O'Connor: One of the clear risks to Ireland's economy and society is that we can go back to business as usual. In fact, if we don't make any …

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