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Monday Blog: Where do we go from here?

Public debate about matters of public concern in Ireland has been characterised in a number of ways. I suggest that the following traits may be stronger than elsewhere in the world and could reflect deep and enduring historical factors: There is a disproportionate emphasis on 'survival' with the...

Monday Blog: Personal Debt Deals

The publication of guidelines in relation to personal insolvency yesterday has at least two positive features: consideration of a living income is very much under debate and this is to be welcome some individuals and households in situations of mortgage or other debt distress are likely to move...

Left out and left behind

Rate of NEETs over time
The number of young people on the Island of Ireland not in education, employment or training (NEETs) has significantly increased over the last number. Similar to the overall unemployment rate, the number of NEETs remains higher in the Republic of Ireland; however the rate for Northern Ireland has...