Our Chairman talks to Eamon Dunphy about Conservatism and international affairs

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In a wide ranging and absorbing discussion, Hibernia Forum Chairman Cormac Lucey discusses the philosophy of modern Conservatism with the veteran broadcaster Eamon Dunphy. What are the big issues in the world today? Why are so many people in the West discontent despite rising prosperity and longevity ? Is the EU a German project, even by accident? Why does the … Read More

Varadkar follows the path he once derided

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By Cormac Lucey Having reached the summit of Ireland’s political greasy poll Leo Varadkar is entitled to look back with some satisfaction at his speedy rise to power. The 38-year-old Taoiseach bagged the top job within ten years of entering the Dáil. His journey was not without the occasional misstep. In March 2010, when the arrival of the IMF-led troika … Read More

RTE should live by the market and not subsidies and a TV Tax

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Eamon Delaney      Irish Independent Are you enjoying RTE’s quality coverage of the big events at the moment, like on TV’s Prime Time or Claire Byrne Live or the Late Debate over on radio. No, me neither. I haven’t seen their coverage of possible war over North Korea, or analysis of Trump’s antics or debate about whether Leo’s taking … Read More

Health services – the grass isn’t always greener on the other side

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By Cormac Lucey Why can’t Ireland’s HSE operate as effectively and efficiently as the National Health Service (NHS) does in the UK? Last year the Social Democrat TD Róisín Shortall made a formal proposal “to build an Irish national health service — a publicly funded health service that would be accessible to all, improve health outcomes and reduce the cost … Read More

Ibec’s strange call for increased government spending

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By Cormac Lucey In its pre-budget submission for next year, the Irish Business and Employers Conference (Ibec) has called on finance minister Paschal Donohoe to include the whopping 2015 GDP growth rate in the way he calculates permitted spending under European Union fiscal rules. This would allow the minister to spend an additional €7.2bn between 2018 and 2021. Government’s own … Read More

Short-term professional politicians are unwise to drop unpopular austerity

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By Cormac Lucey Having been at the top of politicians’ priorities for the past decade, austerity is fast falling out of fashion. Our new Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, wants to boost infrastructure with his predecessor’s rainy day fund. Donald Trump wants to stimulate American economic activity by cutting taxes. It has even been reported that a split has emerged in the … Read More

Send for Michael O’Leary — our economy still measured on a wing and a prayer

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By Cormac Lucey What is Ryanair’s annual output or revenue? You can find the answers very quickly by looking at the company’s annual report. For most companies, total annual output is a simple matter to determine. Measuring Ireland’s annual output is a more complicated question. This is because the presence of so much multinationals generates activities that occur here but … Read More