Pete Lunn interview: ‘The system is full of people – and an awful lot of them are actually doing a spectacularly good job’
When Covid-19 struck, the head of the ESRI’s Behavioural Research Unit saw an opportunity to make a real contribution. After more than a year observing public behaviour, he now feels that Ireland is having a ‘good pandemic’
Before the pandemic, you might have thought of behavioural scientists as researchers in some niche field. Maybe you knew them as the people who rethink supermarket design to encourage us to buy more. Most likely, you never thought about them at all.
But over the past number of years, the role of a behavioural scientist has been growing ever more prominent (they have less to do with getting us to spend money than they do...
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Heather Humphreys interview: ‘If people have defrauded the system, they should face the full rigours of the law’
Fraudulent PUP claims, the thorny pensions issue and child maintenance reform are among the priorities in 2022 for Heather Humphreys, the minister at the heart of the welfare response to the pandemic
Seán Ó Fearghaíl interview: ‘It's no longer acceptable to have sessions of the Dáil in the early hours of the morning’
The Fianna Fáil TD and Ceann Comhairle says bar a disaster situation, the Dáil will now remain in Leinster House and among the items to be addressed in the new year is the recording of TDs fobbin in, and a proposal for remote working
John Fitzpatrick interview: ‘You won’t find one big hotel in Manhattan that has an owner on the floor every day, but I’m here and I’m watching’
His relationship with his father wasn’t always easy, but New York hotelier John Fitzpatrick learned a lot from it, including ‘never to forget that you’re an innkeeper’
Roderic O’Gorman interview: ‘There’s a commitment across all three government parties to deliver affordable childcare’
The Minister for Children has a busy year ahead, with his main priority being to overhaul a dysfunctional childcare sector in a way that will reduce fees for parents while at the same time increasing pay for childcare workers