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.


Think again about the 'squeezed middle'

Nat O'Connor 15/01/2015

Nat O'Connor: Ireland's 'squeezed middle' has been defined by the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, as those earning between €32,800 and …

The Issue is Income Adequacy not the Price of Water

Nat O'Connor 01/11/2014

Nat O'Connor: If ten families on a hillside got together and built their own water supply, and had to pay to monitor and treat every litre to keep it …

Why Cash Matters (Budget 2015)

Nat O'Connor 15/10/2014

Nat O'Connor: As a follow-up to my pre-Budget post on proportions, we can now look at the results of the announced USC and income tax changes. There …

Budget 2015 and Proportionality

Nat O'Connor 14/10/2014

Nat O'Connor: Without a doubt, some of the analysis of Budget 2015's income tax measures is going to focus on proportional change rather than …

Budget Rumours: An Equality Analysis

Nat O'Connor 13/10/2014

Nat O'Connor: Budget 2015 will be announced tomorrow, but there are enough rumours and unofficial announcements in this morning's headlines that some …

Deeply Misleading Irish Times Report of Budget Survey

Nat O'Connor 10/10/2014

Nat O'Connor: The Irish Times has given front-page headline coverage to the claim that "Voters want tax cuts over better public services" based on …

Hair of the Dog?

Nat O'Connor 09/10/2014

Nat O'Connor: If you read nothing else about the global forces that shape Ireland's economic future, you should read Michael O'Sullivan's essay in …

Responding to IBEC's Analysis of Taxation

Nat O'Connor 29/09/2014

Nat O'Connor: IBEC have claimed TASC's analysis of income tax is "factually incorrect and technically flawed" (report: Irish Independent). Having …

Budget 2015 Warmups

Nat O'Connor 26/09/2014

Nat O'Connor: Interesting remarks by Minister Noonan reported in The Irish Times. On tax breaks, he is quoted as saying “I use tax breaks to get a …

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