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Irish members

Full members

Address :
31/32 Parnell Square
Dublin 1 D01 YR92
Contact :
Tom McDonnell
+ 353 1 8897722
+ 353 1 887 2012

Short Description


The Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI), with offices in Dublin and Belfast, is a research organisation which, at its core, has a vision of the achievement of a better, fairer society. It aims, through the provision of world-class research and analysis, to contribute towards the construction of alternative perspectives and possibilities that will lead to the creation of an economy that works for society. It is supported by  unions affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

The remit of the Institute is to:

  • advance knowledge and understanding of economics and the social sciences, with particular reference to the economic and social conditions in or affecting the island of Ireland;
  • undertake, to the benefit of the public, research and analysis on the impact of economic policy development and its effects towards the attainment of a more equitable and just society;
  • publish and promote research findings in order to advance awareness and comprehension of economic theory;
  • undertake activities to ensure a broad dissemination of the research and analysis; and
  • provide education, training and capacity building programmes to increase understanding of economic and social science policy among the general public.

The Institute, through its Director, is accountable to the Chair of the Institute’s Governing Council in regard to organisational and financial affairs. The Council is composed of representatives of all the sponsoring unions. The research work programme of the Institute is developed by the Director and staff of the Institute in consultation with the Chair and a steering committee of the Governing Council. Work published in the name of the Institute is the sole responsibility of the Director of the Institute. An Academic Peer Research Panel assists in reviewing published material from the standpoint of methodological standards and quality of publications.

Areas of expertise and competencies

Tom Healy Social vision and economic strategy for the island of Ireland.  Education, Housing and Health.
Paul MacFlynn Regional economics, public policy evaluation, economic impacts of political devolution in the UK & Brexit.
Tom McDonnell Economic growth, economics of innovation, Irish and European economies & fiscal policy.
Paul Goldrick-Kelly Public finances, fiscal policy, innovation & economic growth.
Lisa Wilson Income distribution, poverty, public expenditure, living standards & well-being.
Ciarán Nugent Income distribution, labour markets, living standards & intergenerational inequality.

Work programme, strategic plan, projects

  1. To establish a sound empirical database for analysis of
     a) micro-economic (household level) information enabling analysis of budgetary, wage and pension changes;
     b) macro-economic projections for the Republic of Ireland economy;.
  2. QuarterlyEconomic Observer;
  3. Labour Market analysis;
  4. Economic development and enterprise policy;
  5. Fiscal policy;
  6. Distribution analysis;
  7. Periodic events and seminars including the Annual Dónal Nevin Lecture and the Annual Labour Market Conference (May of each year);
  8. Dissemination, training and capacity building programme of benefit to affiliate unions and others including briefing to colleagues and mutual help in regard to emerging economic analysis across the trade union movement in Ireland;
  9. A research working paper series linked to a NERI regular research seminar series where high quality research, or research in progress, on new economic policies can be presented. 

Publications, language, newsletter

The language used in the publications is English.

  • Quarterly Economic Observer
  • NERI Working papers
  • NERI Research inBriefs
  • NERI Newsletter

All publications available from the NERI website:

Other networks the institute is participating in

  • Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland (SSISI)
  • Regional Studies Association (RSA)
  • Irish Social Policy Association (ISPA)
  • Irish Economics Association (IEA)
  • International Institute for European Affairs (IIEA)
  • Foundation for Fiscal Studies (FFS)
  • Social Policy Association (SPA) – UK
  • International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF)
  • Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN)