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RTÉ Brainstorm – Why are prices in Ireland so high?

Whitaker Institute member Stephen McNena, of the Performance Management Cluster, has written a new article for RTÉ Brainstorm. The piece looks at the price of goods and services in Ireland, which are substantially above the EU average. Why are prices in Ireland so high? Analysis: Ireland’s high prices are not a recent phenomenon and they’ve… | Read on »

Severe flooding risk

A new study by Whitaker Institute member Dr Thomas McDermott published in Nature Communications has found that 1 in 4 people globally are at risk from severe flooding. The study is available to read here. Read more from Phys.org, Forbes.com and Newagebd.net.

Payment of Wages Bill

A proposed new law is making its way through the Oireachtas which will see changes made to tipping and service charges on bills to ensure the money goes straight to staff, preventing employers from using tips to make up basic wages. Whitaker Institute member Dr Deirdre Curran, of the Work, Organizations and Society Cluster, who has conducted industry research, spoke to the… | Read on »

Afloat.ie – Impact of COVID Among Data Points Sought in Ireland’s Ocean Economy Survey 2022

Researchers at the Whitaker Institute’s Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU), led by Professor Stephen Hynes, and the Marine Institute are conducting a survey of marine and marine-related businesses as part of the regular reporting on Ireland’s Ocean Economy. The survey will look at advanced marine technology products and services, offshore renewable energy, marine commerce and… | Read on »

Cois Coiribe – Beyond GDP – The value of marine ecosystem services

Whitaker Institute member Professor Stephen Hynes, SEMRU cluster leader, has written a recent article for NUI Galway’s Cois Coiribe. The piece looks at the government’s historic failure of recognising the value of marine ecosystem services in national income accounts and project appraisals, and how this is now changing. Read the article here.

RTÉ Brainstorm – Is it time to tax the thousands of vacant houses in Ireland?

Whitaker Institute members Dr Gerard Turley and Stephen McNena, of the Performance Management cluster, have written a recent article for RTÉ Brainstorm. The article explores whether Ireland should introduce a vacant home tax, similar to that introduced in Canada. Is it time to tax the thousands of vacant houses in Ireland? Analysis: Canada’s experience may… | Read on »