Blog Archive | July 2019

Tax Breaks: Time for Serious Reform

Posted on August 01, 2019 by Tom McDonnell

Euro coins
Tax reform is an ongoing process. The Irish republic’s tax system is like the proverbial curate’s egg – there are good bits and bad bits. I’m going to focus here on just one of the ‘bad bits’ but first let us consider the key objective of any tax system. Key objectives The key objectives of any tax system are to raise a meaningful amount of revenue for the exchequer while at the same …

Harmful fossil fuel subsidies: a mistaken policy

Posted on July 26, 2019 by Paul Goldrick-Kelly

Icebery Melt
The Climate Change Performance Index: Results 2019 makes for concerning reading from an Irish perspective. According to the report, Ireland remains the EU’s worst performer in the composite index. The report’s authors note that “existing climate mitigation efforts will not enable Ireland to achieve either its EU 2020 or 2030 targets domestically” and that Ireland has failed to implement …

Posted in: Government Spending

Slides from the Launch of the NERI Quarterly Economic Observer (QEO) Summer, 2019

Posted on July 22, 2019 by Louisa O'Brien

Slides from the Launch of the NERI Quarterly Economic Observer (QEO) Summer, 2019 which took place in Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 on Thursday 18th July, 2019.  Dr Tom McDonnell, Senior Economist, NERI was the lead author, the QEO proposes changes to the taxation of capital stocks in the Republic, in particular reforms to Local Property Tax.  It also outlines our latest …

The latest labour market figures: positive trends, but participation and employment rates still down

Posted on July 19, 2019 by Ciarán Nugent

The Central Statistics Office recently released the results of the Labour Force Survey (the newly minted official source of employment data) for the first quarter of 2019. The release corroborated much of the recent good news for the Irish labour market as general positive trends continue. In many respects however, the Irish labour market had a way to go in 2019 to full recovery from the impact …

Posted in: JobsWages

The Monday Blog - my final one

Posted on July 04, 2019 by Tom Healy

Publication cover - Quarterly Economics Facts - Spring 2012
Looking back over almost 8 years of working at the NERI I am glad to say that a credible and ‘alternative’ presence has been established in the world of economic research and public policy debates. Thanks to a number of pioneering trade unions the NERI was formally established in March 2012. I joined along with two other colleagues in the Autumn of 2011 to help prepare the ground. From there …

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