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Donal Nevin Lecture on Banking in Ireland

Posted on May 30, 2014 by Daragh McCarthy

Professor Stephany Griffith-Jones gave this year’s annual Dónal Nevin lecture on the future of banking in the EU and in Ireland.

The lecture focused on the role a public development bank can play in boosting growth and job creation. Professor Griffith-Jones cited the success of the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) in Germany and highlighted how development banks work counter-cyclically, ramping up lending as the private sector withdraws.

Welcoming the announcement of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI), Professor Griffith-Jones pointed out that the SBCI must be established quickly and lend at sufficient scale in order a positive impact on economy.

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State Development Bank welcome

Posted on May 25, 2014 by Tom Healy

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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 committed to the following:

‘We will create a Strategic Investment Bank that will become a provider of finance to large capital projects, a conduit for venture capital and a lender to SMEs.’

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NERI Housing inBrief

Posted on May 14, 2014 by Daragh McCarthy

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NERI Housing in Brief

Housing and Ireland’s Economic Recovery

Housing has been one of a number of issues that has sat at the core of Ireland’s recent economic collapse. The very expensive lessons of recent years must not be lost; excessive house prices were not good news for the economy or society generally. The latest NERI Research inBrief , published today, focuses on the role housing can and will play in Ireland’s emerging economic recovery. In it the authors (Micheál Collins and Daragh McCarthy) make three key points:

First, housing is an important part of the economy.

Second, housing should be an important part of the recovery.

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Funding Options for Higher Education

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Daragh McCarthy

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The April NERI seminar took place this afternoon in the INTO Learning Centre. Tom Healy provided an overview of a recent paper, co authored with Austin Delaney, " We need to talk about Higher Education ". The paper argues the current model of funding for higher education is unsustainable. It outlines a range of financing options that could be utilised before concluding that a publicly funded system is the option that can best safeguard the contribution of Higher Education to economic development. A copy of the slides used in the presentation are available here.

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Investment, Jobs, Young Workers, Living Wage

Posted on April 12, 2014 by Tom Healy

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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 welcome to see the research work of the NERI, North and South, been taken up in many trade union fora. A reading of the economy report provides a detailed overview of some key areas of work where NERI has made a contribution over the last two years:

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A Budget for the few

Posted on March 19, 2014 by Paul Mac Flynn

Budget 2014 announced some interesting measures for pensioners and savers but overall the economic strategy remains as it was. Government fiscal policy remains committed to reductions in government expenditure extending to the end of the decade despite serious concerns over the sustainability of the current 'recovery'.

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NERI Seminar Dublin: Enterprise Policy and Ireland’s Economic Recovery

Posted on January 22, 2014

The latest NERI seminar took place this afternoon in the INTO Learning Centre. Seán Ó Riain discussed the place of enterprise policy in Ireland's economic recovery. Seán is a professor of sociology at the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis . Prof. Riain's current research is on the political economy of the Celtic Tiger, high tech regions, change in state and governance institutions, and the politics of high technology workplaces. An abstract of the paper presented at the seminar and a link to the final document can be found below.

Abstract

The paper begins with a brief review of recent employment growth, locating it within the pattern of the significant changes in Ireland's enterprise and export sectors since the 1990s and identifying some persistent challenges for economic development.

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Three reasons (at least) why we need a new Investment Bank (S+M+E)

Posted on November 11, 2013 by Tom Healy

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Tom Healy, Director NERI

Speaking at a recent conference of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises  I outlined, in my presentation, a number of key challenges facing public policy over the coming decades and how Irish-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) need to be facilitated in much more ambitious strategy and vision that goes beyond the laudable aim of Ireland being ‘the best little country in the world in which to do business’.

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Are wages the problem for the hospitality sector?

Posted on October 30, 2013 by Rory O'Farrell

On 30th October water restrictions will be imposed in Dublin and other parts of Leinster. It was reported in The Irish Times that there was 'real anger' amongst business owners as water restrictions are imposed from 8pm.

However the Restaurants Association of Ireland previously described itself as 'outraged by the Government's decision to restore Joint Labour Committees'  that protect the pay and conditions of workers in the hospitality sector.

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Assessing the impact of Budget 2014

Posted on October 15, 2013 by Tom Healy

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Tom Healy, Director NERI

An economist was once asked to assess the impacts of the French Revolution of 1789 to which she replied 'it is too early to say yet'. Budget 2014 may very well fall into this category.  In some ways like an impressionist painting in the Art Gallery the viewer has to stand back and ponder it all. Much detail, many tax cuts for businesses, lots of nasty cuts for some and universal cuts for those who are sick, elderly or young unemployed.  How do we assess the likely employment, output and public finance impacts of this Budget?

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