• Rise in Housing Supply: Planning, Completions and Purchases

    Key Point: There have been substantial increases in indicators of housing activity in recent years. The number of residential planning approvals increased from almost 1,556 in 2013 to 6,934 in 2017 and to over 12,500 in 2019 (Q4).  The total number of dwelling completions increased from 1,641 in 2011 to 6,450 in 2019 (Q4). Scheme…

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  • Trends in Smoking Prevalence and Tobacco Consumption

    Key Point: In recent decades Ireland has demonstrated a strong track record in tobacco control and the introduction of policy measures aimed at reducing smoking prevalence and tobacco consumption. From survey data provided by the National Tobacco Control Office (NTCO) on the prevalence of smoking among the population aged 15 years and over, it is…

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  • Acute Hospital Service: Inputs, Outputs and Waiting Lists

    Key Point: Since 2015, total spending on acute hospital services has risen by €1.2billion or 27%, from €4.4bn to almost €5.6bn in 2019. The total number of staffing in acute hospital services has also increased by almost 8,000 or 14.5%, from over 54,000 in 2015 to 62,000 in 2019. However, recent data suggests that this…

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  • EQUITY IN TEACHERS’ PAY: Will new entrants ever catch up?

    Key Point: New entrants into second level teaching have experienced substantial changes to their payments, with the introduction of a 10% reduction in their starting salary in 2010 and the creation of a new pay scale for teachers commencing their employment post 2011. The abolition of qualification allowances has placed new entrants at a further…

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  • Levels of Public Satisfaction with Health and Education Services in Ireland

    Key Point: Evidence from the European Social Survey conducted in 2016 shows that, compared to other European countries, Irish respondents show relatively high levels of satisfaction with the education system but relatively low levels of satisfaction with health care. The public evaluation of the Irish health service is negatively viewed across all income groups.  However,…

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  • Public Service Numbers and Pay: from austerity to recovery

    Key Point: During the Great Recession (2008-12) a key emphasis of government policy focused on reducing public service numbers and pay. This led to total employment in the public service falling by 33,000, from 325,000 in 2008 to 292,000 in 2013. The sectors most affected were the Non-Commercial State Agencies and Local Authorities Sector: with…

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  • Changes to the Irish Labour Market: Has there been an even recovery?

    Key Point: During the Great Recession (2008-12) the Irish labour market experienced significant changes with the employment rate falling below 60% and the unemployment rate rising to almost 16% in 2012. This represented a drop in total employment of 335,000 and an increase in unemployment and long-term unemployment of 233,000 and 177,000 respectively between these…

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  • The National Minimum Wage

    Patrick Malone and Philip O’Connell Key Point: Since its introduction in 2000, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) in Ireland has increased from €5.58 to the current rate of €9.80 in 2019. This represents an increase of €4.22 or 75.6% in nominal terms, but 31% in real terms, when we adjust for inflation.  The proportion of…

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