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.


€11.45 Living Wage

Nat O'Connor 08/07/2014

Nat O'Connor: A technical, evidence-based analysis has led to the calculation of a Living Wage for Ireland of €11.45 per hour. This is based on a …

Corporation Tax and the Risk of an "Untenable Fiscal Situation"

Nat O'Connor 08/07/2014

Nat O'Connor: Interest observation reported in The Irish Times by international law firm Cadwalader. “The country’s tax regime is coming under …

Property Tax and Local Government Funding

Nat O'Connor 02/07/2014

Nat O'Connor: Taxation is the price of civilised society - and that includes taxes to pay for many basic local services, including planning, roads, …

What Now for Economic Inequality in Ireland?

Nat O'Connor 23/06/2014

Nat O'Connor: Last week, economist Thomas Piketty wowed a packed auditorium in Croke Park, with over 600 people in attendance to hear his analysis of …

Thomas Piketty and Ireland's Property Tax

Nat O'Connor 16/06/2014

Nat O'Connor: The Irish Times had a major article on Thomas Piketty on Saturday (click here) They also had an interesting angle on Ireland's property …

IBEC's proposed tax cuts and Ireland's 'Low Tax Triangle'

Nat O'Connor 12/06/2014

Nat O'Connor: The business lobby group IBEC is advocating cuts to the higher rate of income tax. Such cuts would only benefit one third of income tax …

News Reports of Tax Cuts are Deeply Flawed

Nat O'Connor 29/05/2014

Nat O'Connor: Reporting of taxation issues is very flawed in Ireland. From before Christmas, we had reports like: "Income tax may be cut in the next …

Thomas Piketty in The Financial Times and Tax Transparency

Nat O'Connor 26/05/2014

Nat O'Connor: It's an old stereotype that you can tell who are the serious left-wing economists by whether or not they read The Financial Times. The …

An Equitable Solution for Water Charging (and Leaks)?

Nat O'Connor 07/05/2014

Nat O'Connor: We now have more detail about the Government's proposed model of water charging. Minister Phil Hogan called water charging "“one of …

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