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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.

Some data on public sector pensions in the Republic of Ireland

Posted on June 08, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The Government in the Republic of Ireland spends just over €3 billion a year on pensions to retired public servants (or their spouses). This represents approximately 2% of GDP, 6% of total ‘voted’ public expenditure or 16% of the total public service payroll. These payments are made to persons who had worked as civil servants, teachers, nurses, guards, local authority staff, health service …

Posted in: Government SpendingWages

Tábhacht Postanna, Pá, Tithe

Posted on June 03, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
An príomh rud atá in easnamh sa tír seo faoi láthair ná dóchas – dóchas atá bunaithe ar fhírinní agus ar fhéidireachtaí na sochaí. Tá teipeadh le straitéis na déine san Eoraip. Tá an tuarascáil is nua ag an gcomissiún Eorpach  Ní thugann an cháipéis aon tuarthaí nua dóchas agus athrú bunúsach do phobal na hEorpa. Níl an ráiteas bunaithe ar na fíricí ó thaobh dí …

Posted in: Government SpendingInvestmentTaxationWages

Jobs, Wages, Homes

Posted on May 30, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Following 6 years of declining or stagnant living standards many people are wondering what the future holds. The gathering crisis of accommodation and social housing has caught many by surprise. While there has been a welcome pick up in employment and a very modest fall in unemployment these changes are tentative and it remains to be seen how fast we can move towards single-digit unemployment …

Posted in: Government SpendingInvestmentJobsTaxationWages

State Development Bank welcome

Posted on May 25, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The announcement in Dublin, last week, by Government of the establishment of a Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) is a very welcome development. The timescale for its establishment, its mode of operation and delivery and the scale and impact of that delivery will be vital to an assessment of the impact of SBCI. The Programme for Government agreed in 2011 by the incoming Government …

Posted in: Investment

Universal Private Health Insurance: Terms & Conditions will apply

Posted on May 17, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Recently the Government in the Republic of Ireland issued a White Paper on Universal Health Insurance. In it, the Government states: ‘it has set out an ambitious plan for the most far-reaching and fundamental reform of our health system since the foundation of the State.’ It describes the proposed reform of the health service as involving an end to the current ‘deeply unfair and highly …

Posted in: Government SpendingInequalityTaxation

We have a problem on low skills and we need to talk about it

Posted on May 09, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Have you difficulties reading and understanding your telephone bill? How will you fare on the forthcoming Water charges bill if you live in the Republic of Ireland? Today, on the island of Ireland, there are approximately one million adults with serious challenges in relation to reading and the understanding of text including interpretation of numerical information. According to the latest adult …

The lower paid

Posted on May 03, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Eurostat – the official Statistical Agency of the European Union measures low pay as ‘those employees earning two thirds or less of the national median earning’. In 2010, at 20.7% Ireland (Republic) had the 10th highest rate of low pay as measured by Eurostat. By contrast, Sweden had a rate of 2.5% while Latvia had 27.8%. The EU27 average was 16.9%.  Who are the low paid and where are they …

Posted in: JobsWages

Work, Pensions and Living Incomes

Posted on April 28, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The topic of pensions is not the most exciting matter to consider on a bright spring Monday morning. If you are below a certain age you are more likely to be preoccupied about other matters including getting employment that pays an adequate and sustainable income in the near-term. If you are above a certain age the prospect of approaching retirement might very well be the cause of some concern …

Posted in: Income

Doing, learning and teaching political economy

Posted on April 20, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Some years ago a fellow economist queried why economic inequality is a problem. He suggested that people are born with different endowments of talent and opportunity and a degree of social difference in outcomes is not only natural but good as a spur for economic performance. In any case, he argued, if someone chooses to live a simple life in a remote island at a level of income deemed to be …

Investment, Jobs, Young Workers, Living Wage

Posted on April 12, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Last week the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions held its Biennial Delegate conference in Derry. Over 230 delegates attended to debate a wide range of motions and issues.  The detailed programme and accompanying documentation is available here.  The economy report (pages 75-101) is taken directly from articles, blogs and QEO publications by NERI staff. It is very …

Posted in: InvestmentLiving wageNorthern Ireland

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