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HEAP Chart

The Hierarchy of Earnings, Attributes and Privilege report was published in November 2009 by equality think-tank TASC and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. The report was designed to present the facts about income inequality in Ireland in an accessible form. It comprises a poster illustrating the numbers of households at different income levels, broken down by occupational category and household type, together with an explanatory booklet.

Speaking at the launch of the HEAP report, Professor Terrence McDonough of NUIG, who authored the report, said:

"Ireland has long been judged one of the most unequal of the advanced industrial nations. Recent data comparing Ireland to our colleagues in the EU 15 confirms this. Recent years have seen some increase in the income of those at the bottom of our society. Nevertheless recent research has confirmed that while the absolute welfare of those at the bottom is important, the overall level of equality in society matters as well. Many social and health problems are worsened by inequality and levels of trust are damaged. The Celtic Tiger years and the resources generated were not used to reduce inequality. In fact, inequality increased over the life of the Celtic Tiger. Inequality of income between men and women remains an issue. The H.E.A.P. Chart graphically depicts the structure of income inequality among households in Ireland. It also contains information about family structure and the occupations of adult family members. In seeking to address our state deficit crisis, we must be mindful to do it in such a way that inequality is lessened rather than increased. The incomes of those at the bottom must be protected while those at the top must contribute more."

** NB: The Heap Chart and booklet are on the TASC website:
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HEAP Chart Poster and Booklet

Cover of HEAP Chart booklet by Terrence McDonough

The HEAP Chart: Hierarchy of Earnings, Attributes and Privilege Analysis with Jason Loughrey. Dublin: ICTU, TASC, SSRC, 2009.
See HEAP Chart Booklet >

Cover of HEAP Chart poster by Terrence McDonough

The HEAP Chart: Hierarchy of Earnings, Attributes and Privilege Analysis with Jason Loughrey. Dublin: ICTU, TASC, SSRC, 2009.
See HEAP Chart Poster >

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