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International Comparisons of Hourly Compensation Costs in Manufacturing, 2009

Reports that hourly compensation costs in manufacturing industries in the U.S. in 2009 were lower than in 12 European countries and Australia, but higher than in 20 other major manufacturing countries.  Average hourly compensation costs in manufacturing in the U.S. rose about 4% to $33.53.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

International Labor Comparisons: Country at a Glance

Offers statistical comparisons of about 36 countries showing worker pay, productivity, unemployment, gross domestic product, and prices (for most countries).  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Statistical Yearbook of Ireland 2010 Edition

Categories: Business/Economics,Ireland,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Documents the economic troubles in Ireland with unemployment doubling between 2008 and 2009 and a 10% drop in gross national product.  From the Central Statistics Office of Ireland.

Federal Debt and the Risk of a Fiscal Crisis

Categories: Argentina,Financial Crisis/Markets,Govt Finance,Greece,Ireland

Argues that federal debt will rise to unsupportable levels unless policymakers restrain the growth of spending, increase revenues significantly, or adopt some combination of the two.  Describes in detail the sequence of events in a fiscal crisis and reviews recent crises in Argentina, Ireland, and Greece From the Congressional Budget Office

Report of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Govt/Business Scandals,Great Britain,Ireland

Final report in ten volumes of the British commission led by Lord Saville to look into the events on Sunday, 30 January 1972 when British paratroopers opened fire on civil rights marchers in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.  The inquiry took 12 years, cost $300 million, and concluded that the paratroopers lost control and were unjustified in firing upon the marchers.  From the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

The Treaty of Lisbon After the Second Irish Referendum

Categories: European Union,Great Britain,Ireland,Treaties

On October 2, 2009 the Republic of Ireland voted in favor of the Treaty of Lisbon 67% to 32% after previously rejecting it in June 2008. This paper looks at the background to the referendum and other ratification developments and current status of the Treaty of Lisbon House of Commons Library Research Paper 09/75.

Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse

Categories: Children,Crime/Justice,Education,Govt/Business Scandals,Ireland,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues,Youth

Lengthy, multi-volume report on the abuse of Irish children in residential church-run schools for poor, orphaned or delinquent youth. Covers incidents from the 1930s to the 1990s when the schools were closed. From the Commission created by the Irish government.

Regional Snapshot: Subnational Data: United Kingdom

Provides information on a wide range of information including population, economy, labor, education, housing, transport, crime and the environment for the regions and subregions of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. From the Office for National Statistics.

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