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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.


The Banking Crisis is Unresolved

Nat O'Connor 16/11/2010

Nat O'Connor: Today's 'crisis' seems to be more about the timing of key EU meetings than about anything of substance that requires Ireland to tap …

Ireland will not run out of money if the December Budget fails

Nat O'Connor 10/11/2010

Nat O'Connor: The front page of The Irish Times runs with the Taoiseach claiming that if the Budget is not passed, the country will run out of money. …

2011, 2014, the Bond Markets and Growth

Nat O'Connor 05/11/2010

Nat O'Connor: It seems to me that there is some confusion in the way in which international factors on Ireland's deficit are presented to the general …

Has Unemployment Stabilised?

Nat O'Connor 04/11/2010

Nat O'Connor: Unemployed decreased by 6,600 (seasonally adjusted) if you compare October 2010 figures with those of September 2010. Yet, October’s …

Collateral Damage from the Bank Collapse

Nat O'Connor 29/10/2010

Nat O'Connor: The Irish Independent has published a table of major losers from the fall of AIB bank shares. This is merely illustrative of the damage …

Fine Gael's 3:1 Ratio

Nat O'Connor 19/10/2010

Nat O'Connor: Fine Gael has given some useful clarity on their fiscal policy position with the declaration that they would seek €1 billion in tax …

Bacon's Mortgage Suggestion Does Not Add Up

Nat O'Connor 18/10/2010

Nat O'Connor: Peter Bacon has suggested that semi-state assets be sold, and the money used to pay off the negative equity part of mortgages, where …

Realistic Fiscal Planning Requires Much More Budget Transparency

Nat O'Connor 14/10/2010

Nat O'Connor: The BBC reports (here) that in a rare public act, Communist Party elders in China has issued a call for increased free speech, which is …

IBEC and Social Justice Ireland call for Higher Taxes (Revised)

Nat O'Connor 06/10/2010

Nat O'Connor: IBEC (in their pre-Budget submission) have proposed that Ireland's level of taxation should be 36 to 38 per cent of GNP. Social Justice …

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