October 14, 2021
Our Budget 2022 response analyses the budget from a number of perspectives. Will Budget 2022 deliver a fair recovery from the social and economic impact of COVID-19? How were the available resources distributed? What effect will the budget have on inequality? How will Ireland’s most vulnerable fair from this Budget? What measures deal with the housing crisis? Did Government deliver what is required for a Just Transition? Could better choices have been made? What measures have been ignored and in what general direction does this budget take the country?
Download our Budget 2022 Analysis & Critique now.
October 7, 2021
As we approach Budget 2022 and the subsequent conversations about the raising and spending of national revenues, Susanne Rogers chats to Mary Mellor about money. Mary is Emeritus Professor at Northumbria University, she has published extensively on alternative economics integrating socialist, feminist and green perspectives and this week, she chats about her book " Money : Myths, Truths and Alternatives".
September 30, 2021
1st October is International Day of Older Persons. To mark this occasion, we're going to take a listen back to Dr. Diarmuid O'Shea's presentation from our 2019 Annual Social Policy Conference The Challenges of Success. Dr. O'Shea presented a paper on Living Well in Our Community, particularly on the theme of ageing well.
September 23, 2021
To mark Basic Income week, we listen back to Dr. Seán Healy presenting a history of Basic Income in Ireland from our " Delivering a Basic Income Pilot" webinar which can be viewed here.
September 16, 2021
To mark International Day of Democracy on the 15th September, Susanne Rogers chats to Dr. Matt Ryan about deliberative democracy and participatory budgeting (PB) and his new book " Why Citizen Participation Succeeds or Fails. A Comparative Analysis of Participatory Budgeting" published by Policy Press.
Dr. Matt Ryan is Associate Professor in Governance and Public Policy at the University of Southampton, UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, Co-Director of the Centre for Democratic Futures and Policy Director at the Web Science Institute.
September 8, 2021
Ireland is often thought of the land of saints and scholars, and our highly-skilled workforce is one of the main attractions for investors looking to relocate here. However, the literacy divide is a large one. One in six Irish adults have difficulties reading and one in four have difficulties with basic maths.
To mark International Literacy Day on the 8th September, Colette Bennett chats with Helen Ryan, Policy Officer with NALA - the National Adult Literacy Agency - on trends, impacts and policy goals.
September 6, 2021
The Y-Foundation is one of the key national developers of the Housing First principle in Finland and this week, the CEO, Juha Kaakinen, chats to Susanne Rogers about the Housing First principle, their booklet 'A home of your Own' (which can be accessed here: https://ysaatio.fi/en/housing-first-finland/a-home-of-your-own-handbook) and the challenges that lie ahead.
September 2, 2021
Dr. Amie Lajoie is a senior researcher at the think-tank TASC and author of 'Exploring Household Debt in Ireland: The Burden of Non-Mortgage Debt & Opportunities to Support Low-Income Households'. Amie chats to Susanne Rogers about the findings of the report and the Money Made Sense programme that arose from the recommendations.
August 26, 2021
How is disability affected by ageing and how can we develop an understanding of the subjective experiences of disability in older age?
Dr Ann Leahy explores these questions in her new book Disability and Ageing – Towards a Critical Perspective. Published by Policy Press, the book features in the Ageing in a Global Context series in association with the British Society of Gerontology, addressing broad cross-cutting issues around ageing in a global society.
In this episode, Ann chats with Colette Bennett about this important topic and policies to be brought forward to ensure a quality of life for all.
August 5, 2021
In July 2021, the Central Bank published a series of papers on mortgage arrears, including those on Long Term Mortgage Arrears, Mortgage Shortfalls, and the impact of Covid. In this episode, Fergal McCann, Head of Function for Stress Testing, Analytics and Resilience in the Central Bank of Ireland's Macro-Financial Division chats with Colette Bennett about mortgage arrears, the continuing fall-out of the 2008 crash and what can be done to avoid the same thing happening again.