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Blog Archive | July 2018

Skills in the workforce: an all-island challenge

Posted on July 31, 2018

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The newsworthy captures the daily headlines – Brexit, world events and tensions, local news, human stories and the state of Northern Ireland’s governance at this time. What is, perhaps, less newsworthy are those deep seated and long-term shifts that occur. One such shift is in the ever-changing ‘human capital’ of a society – those skills, capacities and knowledge that enable workers and …

The chicken and the egg – which comes first? - Reforming or funding our healthcare system?

Posted on July 27, 2018 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The publication, in the Republic of Ireland, of the Sláintecare Report over year ago was a landmark achievement. For the first time it appeared that almost all political parties were united in a commitment to a single-tier, comprehensive and a well-funded system of healthcare with the commitment of additional investment and resources for reform. The aim was to make healthcare largely ‘free’ …

Northern Ireland: understanding its economy

Posted on July 20, 2018 by Tom Healy

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With the Brexit process gathering pace, there is much focus on the question of how different parts of the European Union as well as different parts of the United Kingdom will manage a transition to new rules, customs arrangements and related administrative matters. The European Union and the United Kingdom will, somehow, ‘meet’ on the island of Ireland. In this context, it is particularly …

Cost Rental made simple

Posted on July 13, 2018 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
‘Cost-rental’ is a term that has come into popular use in the last year or two. While most people declared themselves supportive of the idea, it is not always obvious that people mean the same thing when using this term. Let me explain briefly and concisely what it means.  ‘Cost-rental’ is a social arrangement where anyone can avail of secure, quality rented accommodation in a way that …

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