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Tom Healy

Tom Healy is Director of the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI). Tom has previously worked in the Economic and Social Research Institute, the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the National Economic and Social Forum and the Department of Education and Skills.

He holds a PhD (economics and sociology) from UCD. His research interests have included the impact of education and social capital on well-being, social vision and economic strategy for the island of Ireland, Education, Housing and Health.

Three big ideas to transform Ireland

Posted on April 26, 2019 by Tom Healy

Tom Dec 2014
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 …

Future positive

Posted on January 04, 2019 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Let me begin this year with a confession. Had the NERI been in existence 11 years ago in January 2008 we might have anticipated an economic slow down rather than the biggest global economic crash since the 1920s.  Economists and others, naturally, extrapolate from various trends over the preceding years and based on early warning signs of trouble on international financial markets. Maths is just …

Being Brexit ready (the case of housing)

Posted on November 16, 2018 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
As the time left to B-day on the 29th March next shortens, many organisations and individuals are making their own preparations. While a Withdrawal Agreement is far from certain at the time of writing this blog, it does appear that there is a considerable momentum to avoid a 'no-deal' situation as well as to avoid 'hard borders' at least for the immediate future ahead. It remains to be seen how …

A strange notion of freedom

Posted on September 21, 2018 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The Irish Tax Institute does not disappoint. It describes itself as ‘the only professional body exclusively dedicated to tax’. In a way, this is an odd description because readers of its yearly pre- and post-budget documentation may have the impression that tax is an evil, but a necessary one at that. The aim of professional analysis by tax experts is to minimise it - legally (so that we …

Rebalancing our economy

Posted on September 08, 2018 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The role of small and medium-sized enterprises is crucial to the goal of a renewed domestic enterprise sector.  The unrelenting pressure of competition, technological change and environmental challenges, not to mention the uncertainties and risks associated with Brexit, call for a coordinated approach to enterprise development.  Ireland has followed, in many respects, a different pathway to …

Decarbonisation - unleashing the potential

Posted on August 23, 2018 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The 21st Century will be about how Energy is managed on Earth.  Officially, the Republic of Ireland is committed to zero carbon emissions in the Energy Sector by 2100 (I suspect that not many reading this blog will be alive then). A reduction of 80% for the Sector is mooted for 2050. Progress, to date, has been solid but too slow.  However, in the space of a decade, big changes have taken place …

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’ …

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