Read more: Build Forward Public: The Case For A Post Pandemic Housing Imaginary
Professor Mary Murphy Department of Sociology, Maynooth University Expectations of paradigmatic change often overestimate the degree to which crises will result in change. The reality seems more consistent with Klein’s (2008 ‘Shock Doctrine’ which associates crisis with a reinforcement of neoliberalism. Our experiences of the 2008 crisis and subsequent austerity means we should not be…
Read more: Distribution of the Local Property Tax: equalization funds, surpluses and tax rates
The LPT is an annual tax charged on the market value of all residential properties in Ireland. It came into effect on 1 July 2013 and is collected by the Revenue Commissioners. This tax is charged on residential properties, with the owner of a property being liable
Read more: The Irish Taxation System: trends over time and international comparisons
Tax revenue fell substantially during the Great Recession: decreasing by €15bn or 33% from €47bn in 2007 to a low point of €32bn in 2010. As the economy stabilised after 2011, tax revenues also recovered at an annual average rate of 7% per year – reaching almost €60bn in 2019
Read more: Comparing Irish Income Taxation Rates with other EU Member States
In 2019 Irish income tax revenue accounted for €23 billion or 40% of total tax receipts. Taxation of labour income accounts for the greatest share of total income tax receipts: with Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and the Universal Social Charge (USC) amounting to €16 bn and €4 bn respectively in 2019
Read more: Trust in Politics, Politicians and Institutions
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
Read more: EQUITY IN TEACHERS’ PAY: Will new entrants ever catch up?
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.
Read more: Levels of Public Satisfaction with Health and Education Services in Ireland
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.
Read more: Irish Public Pension System: expenditure trends and recipient numbers
Since 2007, total public pension expenditure has risen from almost €5 billion to €7.7 billion in 2018, representing an increase of €2.7bn or 54%. The greatest rise in public pension spending was in the State Contributory Pension (SCP) area at €5bn in 2018: an increase of €2.5bn or 92% on 2007
Read more: Public Service Numbers and Pay: from austerity to recovery
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