Precarious employment: when those who earn least take the greatest risk

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By Cormac Lucey The foundation stone of modern financial theory is the capital asset pricing model. This argues that the greater the volatility of an investment, the higher the return that investors should seek to compensate for risk. Modern employment practices are turning this principle on its head. Today it is often those who are paid least who face the … Read More

Overtime budget shows how Gardai and their ‘trade unions’ are running rings around us

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By Eamon Delaney With the Gardai, events and revelations come quick. Two weeks ago, while we were all focused on the Ministerial casualties of the whistleblower row, an extraordinary thing happened : it was announced that the garda overtime budget had been reached and overtime was being cancelled for Christmas ! Garda management didn’t provide someone to explain this amazing … Read More

We need to talk about Ireland’s soaring disability rates

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Eamon Delaney in TheTimes.ie   We have a tendency to do taboos in Ireland and not to focus on certain things or question certain orthodoxies. Maybe it has something to do with our Catholic past and ethos. And indeed the Catholic ethos and behaviour of the Catholic church was something we didn’t question either – until it was too late. … Read More

Housing crisis discussion, hosted by Hibernia Forum

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Next Wednesday, 29th November, the Hibernia Forum will hold another evening discussion, this time on the current housing situation, with Q & A and then drinks afterwards. Housing expert Karl Deeter (pictured, left) and developer Paddy Kelly (right) will talk to us and offer the perspective of the building industry and of landlords. The event will be held in Buswell’s Hotel on Kildare … Read More

Compared to government bonds, equities look cheap

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By Cormac Lucey One financial market, which has been hugely affected by QE, is the market for eurozone government bonds, or debt securities. They have been driven up significantly in price by the ECB’s programme of creating fresh money and using it to buy government bonds, thereby elevating their prices compared with what they would otherwise have been. Last week … Read More

We need to be realistic about our housing crisis, and its different causes

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By Eamon Delaney The Government’s director for homelessness in Dublin, Eileen Gleeson, (above) has created major waves with her straight-talking comments on our ongoing housing crisis. Coming on top of the continuing insistence of the Government that Ireland’s housing crisis is ‘not much worse’ than that of many other countries, it suggests that the Taoiseach’s much-vaunted spin machine may need … Read More