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Northern Ireland’s draft Programme for Government revealed all of the signs of a power-sharing government on the brink of collapse

Posted on March 06, 2017 by Lisa Wilson

In the months leading up to Martin McGuinness’s resignation as Deputy First Minister and refusal to immediately nominate a replacement calling to a halt power-sharing in Northern Ireland, and the triggering of Assembly elections there was growing skepticism and concern as to why it was taking so long to clarify, publish and sign off on all of the necessary components needed to pursue the …

Posted in: Northern Ireland

Women draw the short straw on wages

Posted on March 03, 2017 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Discussion of low pay ebbs and flows. As pointed out on this Blog over the last two years, macro trends in wages are not a major topic of conversation or public debate. Every so often, the Central Statistics Office publishes new data or updates previous data on earnings. If the matter merits any public attention or commentary it is not infrequently directed to the gap (or ‘premium’) between …

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Slides from NERI Seminar: Summary of Social Housing Assessments 2016

Posted on February 28, 2017 by Louisa O'Brien

Daragh McCarthy, Researcher, Housing Agency - NERI Seminar 22 Feb 17
Slides from NERI Seminar on the Summary of Social Housing Assessments 2016,  presentation by Daragh McCarthy, Researcher, Housing Agency on 22nd February, 2017.  Relevant publication from the Housing Agency.

Apple case points up even more serious issues

Posted on February 24, 2017

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Which Government, when offered the chance and opportunity to take in €13 billion in additional tax revenues declined the offer and, instead commenced a lengthy and potentially costly legal appeal to contest this?  You guessed.  With €13billion a society broken and fractured by years of lopsided fiscal austerity could do a lot of things like: Establish a European class early childhood care …

Housing statistics - some challenges

Posted on February 18, 2017 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
A famous 19th century Irish mathematician and engineer, Lord Kelvin, famously once said: “ I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have …

The Irish economic model assessed (#1)

Posted on February 10, 2017 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
On this site I have made references on many occasions to the unique ‘Irish economic model’. By ‘Irish economic model’ I mean those features of an economic and social model that place the Republic of Ireland in a somewhat unique place internationally. In this week’s Monday Blog, I focus on some labour market aspects of the ‘Irish model’.  The wonderful advantage of being part of the …

Slides from NERI Seminar: Investment and the Fiscal Rules

Posted on February 09, 2017 by Louisa O'Brien

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Slides from NERI Seminar on Investment and the Fiscal Rules presented by Eddie Casey, Chief Economist & Head of Secretariat, Irish Fiscal Advisory Council on 8th February, 2017.

Posted in: Investment

Slides from NERI Seminar: Innovative Competence, How does ROI fare & does it matter?

Posted on February 07, 2017 by Louisa O'Brien

NERI Seminar 25 Jan 17
Slides from NERI Seminar on Innovative Competence, How does the Republic of Ireland fare and does it matter? presented by Dr Tom McDonnell, NERI on 25 January, 2017    

Economics: institutions, borders, norms and sentiments do matter

Posted on February 03, 2017 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
There are only five ways to avoid a further hardening of the border on the island of Ireland: The United Kingdom does not leave the EU – after all. A united Ireland within the UK and outside the EU is agreed. A united Ireland outside the UK and within the EU is agreed. The EU breaks up and/or there is an Irexit in which case Ireland and the UK are free to negotiate whatever bilateral …

Innovation Inputs, How does the Republic of Ireland Compare?

Posted on February 01, 2017 by Tom McDonnell

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The Republic of Ireland’s industrial and enterprise strategies will have to evolve in the future to adjust to changing political, economic and technological realities. One constructive step that the Irish government can take to future proof its economy is to renew its focus on innovation policy with a view to building a world class innovation system. Technological change and innovation have …

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