• 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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  • Trust in Politics, Politicians and Institutions

    Key Point: About one in ten people in Ireland have ‘No trust at all’ in politicians or political parties and just over a quarter have relatively high levels of trust, as measured by the European Social Survey in 2018-19. These levels of trust in politicians and political parties are far lower than in relation to…

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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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  • Diesel-powered Vehicles Continue to Dominate the Irish Market

    Key Point Diesel powered vehicles accounted for 64% of all newly registered vehicles in 2018, petrol for 39%, and electric vehicles, less than 1%. There has been some shift from diesel to petrol, and to petrol-hybrids in new cars. However, diesel cars account for three-quarters of all used cars imported in 2018. Notwithstanding a recent…

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  • Trends in Employment and Unemployment: An Incomplete Recovery

    Key Point At the end of 2018 employment had increased to over 2,281,300, its highest level ever, and the unemployment is the lowest recorded in a decade. However, recovery in the labour market remains incomplete: the employment rate is lower than before the Great Recession,  youth employment remains low while youth unemployment is more than…

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