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.

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 …

Another False Claim Around Cutting Higher Income Tax

Nat O'Connor 23/09/2014

Nat O'Connor: It was reported in the Irish Independent that "Under new figures released by Mr Noonan's department, a 0.5pc decrease in the top rate …

Why reduce 52%?

Nat O'Connor 19/09/2014

Nat O'Connor: Why reduce the 52% marginal tax rate? Taoiseach Enda Kenny joined the chorus of Government spokespeople to call for its demise (Irish …

Budget 2015 and Tax Cuts

Nat O'Connor 25/08/2014

Nat O'Connor: Minister for State, Simon Harris, has joined the chorus calling for income tax cuts. His argument, as reported in The Irish Times, is …

Juncker's New Start for Europe

Nat O'Connor 18/07/2014

Nat O'Connor:On 15 July, Jean-Claude Juncker was elected President of the European Commission. As part of securing votes from the S&D grouping …

Only One in Six Pay The 41% Higher Income Tax Rate

Nat O'Connor 15/07/2014

Nat O'Connor: Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, has confirmed TASC's analysis that few people would benefit from changes to the higher income tax …

Government Priorities, Jobs and Taxation

Nat O'Connor 14/07/2014

Nat O'Connor: Jobs has (rightly) emerged as the number one priority for the Government for the remainder of its term in office (Link: Statement of …

Ireland's Corporation Tax Regime Under Scrutiny (Again)

Nat O'Connor 14/07/2014

Nat O'Connor: It is reported that the Government is considering an early move to close down the 'Double Irish' tax avoidance method permitted by …

A "Zillionaire" Calls for More Equality

Nat O'Connor 10/07/2014

Nat O'Connor: "Zillionaire" Nick Hanauer (net worth $1bn+) has written an opinion piece in entitled "The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us …

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