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 »

2022 National Remote Working Survey

Third annual National Remote Working Survey shows 95% believe working remotely makes life easier Survey shows that 30% of respondents will change jobs – even if it means a pay cut – if their remote working preferences are not facilitated Researchers from the Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway and the Western Development Commission have revealed… | Read on » – Dr. Farrell: Women are ‘untapped potentials in rural development’

Whitaker Institute member Dr Maura Farrell says that women in rural economies, in agriculture or in small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are probably one of the most untapped potentials in rural development. Dr Farrell was speaking at the recent ‘Rural Ireland: Our Long-term Vision’ at the Irish Rural Link 30th anniversary conference. More from

IGEES – An Evaluation of the Impacts of Remote Working

The Irish Government Economic & Evaluation Service has recently published a report evaluating the impacts of remote working. The report found remote working is likely to improve labour market outcomes, greater flexibility in terms of time management, childcare & commuting options, amongst other things. The report used findings from the Whitaker Institute and the Western Development Commission’s National Remote… | Read on »

Cois Coiribe – How Domestic Violence Fuels Wider Conflict

Whitaker Institute member Dr Nata Duvvury, of the Gender and Public Policy Cluster, has written a new piece for Cois Coiribe, which looks at the strong links between domestic violence and manifestations of public violence. The article is available to read here.