Blog Archive | April 2019

Are we there yet?

Posted on April 30, 2019 by Paul Mac Flynn

By any measure, we are a decade into the recovery that followed the great financial crash. Every month there is a release of statistics pertaining to economic output, the labour market or exports. Every month we tend to look at these numbers over the last 10 years and ask ourselves the question - are we there yet? In the second quarter of 2009, the UK economy finally began to grow again, …

Automation technologies and the future of work

Posted on April 30, 2019 by Lisa Wilson

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Recent rapid advances in artificial intelligence, robotics and other forms of smart technologies have led to widespread concern about the potential impact of automation technologies for the future of work. Some paint a doomsday scenario with the unstoppable march of the robots resulting in large numbers of our jobs wiped out, widespread technological unemployment and ultimately an economic and …

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Three big ideas to transform Ireland

Posted on April 26, 2019 by Tom Healy

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Ideas drive behaviour. In societies the dominant ideas reflect many competing interests and value systems.  What values guide economic activity and public policy in Ireland today?  In An Ireland Worth Working For – Towards a new democratic programme, I propose three ‘big ideas’ to guide policy: democracy, equality and sustainability. These are not new ideas. Rather, they draw on …

Dispelling some illusions

Posted on April 18, 2019 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
‘It shall be the first duty of the Government of the Republic to make provision for the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the children, to secure that no child shall suffer hunger or cold from lack of food, clothing, or shelter.’  So reads the revised Democratic Programme of January 1919. Clearly, the values underlying that Programme have not been reflected in social policy in …

An Ireland Worth Working for - towards a new democratic programme

Posted on April 14, 2019 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Later today, Monday 15th April, the Nevin Economic Research Institute along with New Island Books will launch An Ireland Worth Working For: Towards a new democratic programme. This book is about the future of Ireland – its economy and society and its people. It sets out a vision for the whole of Ireland that goes beyond sectarian or political agendas. What we need is a credible and carefully …

Brexit – an example of radical agnosis

Posted on April 05, 2019 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Not knowing how or when or what is part of the human condition. The Brexit process has reminded us of this especially as ‘deadlines’ and ‘agreements’ are pushed out and out. If we have learned one thing through the process it is that nothing is agreed until all is agreed and that all or most of those who matter are fully on board. That includes 28 sovereign Member States of the European …

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