Posts by Robert Sweeney

Sweeney, Robert

Robert Sweeney     @sweeneyr82

Robert Sweeney is a policy analyst at TASC and focuses on issues surrounding Irish political economy and distribution. He has a PhD in economics from University of Leeds, which concentrated on financial markets and investors, banking, international macroeconomics, and housing. He is also interested in debates on alternative schools and methodology in economics, and ownership.


The Irish fiscal straitjacket

Robert Sweeney 30/10/2019

These are eventful times for the Irish economy. We are told a variety of ‘storm clouds’ have been forming internationally which, it is claimed, has necessitated a tightening of the purse strings domestically. The budget, for instance, was framed in terms of the threat a no-deal Brexit would have on the Irish economy, leading to what was one of …



Inequality in Ireland today

Robert Sweeney 04/07/2019

In previous blogs I discussed the nature of inequality in Ireland today. I noted that Ireland i) ranks in the middle among EU countries ii) has …

Inequality in Ireland today

Robert Sweeney 11/02/2019

A previous blog looked at the broad contours of inequality in Ireland today. What we found was that (i) inequality has grown here (ii) Ireland now …

Inequality in Ireland today

Robert Sweeney 16/01/2019

With continuing housing crises, health crises, inadequate childcare, climate change inaction, there’s no shortage of public policy emergencies …

Public spending and services in the years to come

Robert Sweeney 30/10/2018

With the dust settling on the recent budget, it is a good time to take stock of Irish economic policy, current and future. In June, the Department of …

Living wage

Robert Sweeney 17/07/2018

LAST WEEK THE Living Wage Technical Group published an update of the living wage in Ireland. The living wage calculates the wage needed to live a …

Towards a fair and efficient tax regime

Robert Sweeney 20/04/2018

  Successive EU treaties on the one hand, and the ability of the ECB to pull the rug from under naughty nations on the other, implies that the level …

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