Alan Barrett

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 Prof. Alan Barrett, ESRI economist and director:   “If people remain in the workforce for longer, this would have positive impacts on national output.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Extending the age of retirement could be beneficial for the health and happiness of the older population and for the economy, the MacGill Summer Scho(...)

The ESRI report found that 63 per cent of those over 80 lived alone.  Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The benefits of freeing up housing by encouraging older people to downsize have to be balanced against the dangers of greater social isolation in thi(...)

Michael Elliott, centre, winner of the inaugural Fingal  Small Boat Competition, with sponsor Ruairí Coleman, of Swords Angling Centre, and his daughter Leah and, left, Howth Sea Angling Club president Terry Doyle

The inaugural Fingal Small Boat Competition, which took place last Sunday, September 6th, from Howth, was a fantastic success, with all 30 anglers fro(...)

‘If all parties accepted the department’s estimate of the spending increase which would be allowed without tax changes, we would have the beginning of a common framework which would assist in policy comparisons.’ Photograph:  PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images

The process of deciding which party to vote for in a general election is a bit like deciding whether to switch service providers. Think about i(...)

In Brisbane: Richard Donovan with wife Patricia and son Michael. They will all be back in Tipperary in September.

Richard Donovan had always wanted to see Australia, so when activity at the civil-works company he worked for began to slow, in early 2008, it seemed (...)

Two-thirds of mature private pension scheme members either don’t know how much they will receive in retirement income or how it will be paid

Two-thirds of mature private pension scheme members either don’t know how much they will receive in retirement income or whether their pension will be(...)

‘ The failure of Kenny and Burton to accept that they or their parties might have got anything wrong  . . . will do nothing to help the country avoid making a similar mess in the future.’ Above, a screen grab of Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Banking Inquiry

Talleyrand reputedly said of the Bourbons that they had learned nothing and forgotten nothing from their experience of the French revolution. The bank(...)

Incoming chief of the ESRI Prof Alan Barrett said we need a discussion of what the tax take should be. Photograph: Getty Images

Demands for “considerable” extra spending were not matched by proposals to increase taxes to pay for them, the chairman of the national economic dialo(...)

Prof Alan Barrett will chair next week’s National Economic Dialogue. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

The incoming director of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Prof Alan Barrett, will chair next week’s National Economic Dialogue as t(...)

 Prof  John McHale, Chairman of the  Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland is at risk of repeating the budgetary errors of the past, the chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has warned. “Politics may again b(...)

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