Fine Gael are doing exactly what they accused Charlie McCreevy of doing

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By Cormac Lucey The latest IMF report on the Irish economy passed by with little remark. That reflects an economy back on its own two feet and no longer dependent on external support. Nonetheless, the Washington DC-based organisation argues that the key policy challenge is to harness Ireland’s strong economic momentum to avoid a new boom-bust cycle, and to bolster … Read More

With massive pensions liability ahead, Paschal’s sums simply do not add up

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By Cormac Lucey Three questions arise from budget 2018. The first is whether there is a fair balance between proposed spending increases and tax cuts, and in my view there isn’t. Government spending has been allowed to keep growing even in areas where it is already excessive. The health budget has risen by 4.6 per cent though spending per head … Read More

Rejected by left and right, where now for an unreconstructed Sinn Fein?

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Eamon Delaney in The Times.ie In the Dail last week, the Taoiseach gave a lengthy and effective put down to the Deputy leader of Sinn Fein, Mary Lou MacDonald, after she complained that Fine Gael – and ‘your Fianna Fail friends’, in a recognition of the cosy ‘new politics’ ! – did nothing for families rearing children. It was the … Read More

Our complex housing crisis is worsened by a sense of entitlement

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By Eamon Delaney     in The Times.ie Our current housing crisis has the potential to consume and divide our political landscape, for years to come. It’ll be just like the water controversy, except even more so, as that impasse was ended suddenly when the establishment basically gave in and surrendered to the public protest. Fine Gael wanted to stay … Read More

Budget 2018 – We Need Tax Relief for Working Families

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Political Debate Must Be Based on Factual Analysis At the 2011 General Election, the main political parties indicated that tax increases would represent 27-42% of budgetary austerity, with spending cuts making up the balance. Official government data indicates that tax increases constituted 42% of budgetary adjustment over that period. Correcting for misclassification (of tax/revenue increases incorrectly classified as spending reductions) … Read More