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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.

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’ …

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 …

Time to start changing the game

Posted on March 30, 2018 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The story goes that there was a slightly inebriated person found under the light of street lamp searching for something. When asked by a police officer about what was happening, the person replied ‘I’m looking for my house keys’. They both searched together but found nothing. When the police officer asked ‘are sure you lost them here?’, the person revealed that the keys had been lost in …

Some evidence about health expenditure in the Republic of Ireland

Posted on February 02, 2018 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Never let the data get in the way of a good story. In their landmark book, How Ireland cares: The case for health reform , published in 2006, Dale Tussing and Maeve-Ann Wren recount some wild claims by a Minister for Health regarding the extent to which Ireland was spending far in excess of other countries. Surprisingly, the claims along with the underlying assumptions have stuck. Sometimes, it …

On the threshold of a new year

Posted on December 21, 2017 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
On the threshold of a new year, the Nevin Economic Research Institute continues its work on a number of key fronts including a special focus, this year, on enterprise development.  For too long, there has been an absence of focussed research on the reasons for why native enterprises, here, have generally been nowhere as successful when it comes to global markets as other enterprises have been.  …

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