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Yesterday’s News

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Wednesday 30 October, 2013

Column: Should every citizen receive an unconditional basic income?

Switzerland is considering the introduction of a Basic Income scheme, which would guarantee a standard benefit income to every citizen, regardless of need. Tom Boland looks at how that system would work in Ireland.

Monday 23 September, 2013

Column: Who really benefits from the new 'carrot and stick' approach to welfare payments?

New welfare system changes are morally dubious and serve only make the lives of unemployed more unpleasant, writes Tom Boland.

Wednesday 4 September, 2013

Column: A revolving door between dole queue and work is no answer to unemployment

The coalition government committed itself to ‘Active Labour Market Policies’ to tackle long-term unemployment – but will these measures just see people moved in circles? asks Tom Boland.

Monday 18 February, 2013

Column: Unemployed people already feel they have no worth without being called ‘spongers’

The contemporary world values people in terms of what they do for a living, so what is that saying to the unemployed, asks Tom Boland.

Sunday 6 January, 2013

Column: Why do we love reading books about the economic crisis?

All these critiques don’t spur us to action, writes Tom Boland, so why do we keep buying them?

Sunday 18 November, 2012

Column: We should be supporting our jobless thousands, not punishing them

Our focus should be making Ireland the best small country in the world to be unemployed, says Tom Boland.