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

Another pension hike just widens divide between young and old

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By Eamon Delaney  This year, the budget saw the state pension raised again, by a fiver, just as it was last year. Indeed, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that he plans to do this every year from hereon. Before she left office, Joan Burton said she planned to do the same, increase the pension every year for four years. … Read More

Beware the unintended consequences of plain packaging

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By Bill Wirtz This week, Ireland became the fourth country to introduce mandatory plain packaging for tobacco. After Australia, France and the United Kingdom, Ireland attempts to be on the forefront of what seems to be the future of EU anti-tobacco policy. From now on, all tobacco products will have to be sold in a standardised pack with a greenish … Read More

A budget based on artificially high taxes and interest rates – again

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Comment on the Budget from Brendan Burgess, founder of Askaboutmoney.com During the Celtic Tiger years, we based our budgets on artificially inflated property and other tax receipts. We are making the same mistake now – basing our budgets on artificially high taxes and artificially low interest rates. The difference now is that we have €200 billion of borrowing which we … Read More

Job rate is impressive but the taking part is what counts

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By Cormac Lucey One of the clearest signs of Ireland’s economic recovery since the dark days of 2011 and 2012 has been the sharp drop in the unemployment rate. Having peaked above 15%, it fell to 6.1% in September. The national unemployment rate has shifted more than four-fifths of the way back to the bubble-era low levels of a decade … Read More