Concern over the gap between rich and poor isn’t new. But ever since French economist Thomas Piketty became compulsory reading for world leaders, t(...)

Report by economic think-tank Tasc is likely to pose fresh questions over definition of “squeezed middle”. Photograph: Getty

The income share of the top 1 per cent in Ireland – those with incomes of more than €200,000 – has almost doubled since the 1980s, new research sugge(...)

Economic inequality is often seen as inevitable, but it needn’t be so. Photograph: Getty

Economic inequality is often portrayed as an inevitable force of nature: it’s a shame climate change is heating up the globe; and it’s sad that the(...)

Tasc research indicates State  now the most unequal country in the EU when it comes to how the economy distributes income. Photograph: Getty Images

The gap between rich and poor is on the rise with more than a third of all income concentrated in the hands of the top 10 per cent of earners, new res(...)

Nat O’Connor, Tasc’s research director, said cutting VAT by 1 per cent - at a cost to the exchequer of €350 million - would help to kick-start the economy by boosting domestic consumption and the spending power of lower income households in particular.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Government should lower VAT rather than income tax in the budget next week if it wants to give something back to the public in an equitable and su(...)

Tasc research director Nat O’Connor: said inequitable tax cuts for high earners would undermine health, social housing and other vital public services. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Think tank Tasc has said the vast majority of people would benefit more from maintaining and boosting public services than from cutting the higher rat(...)

Dr Tom McDonnell, economist at TASC.

Adjustments in the upcoming budget should not exceed €2.7 billion, as opposed to the €3.1 billion adjustment set out under Ireland’s troika agreements(...)