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

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

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

How Michael O’Leary could transform Irish politics

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  By Paul Molloy Could Michael O’Leary run for the Dail, win a seat and in a short time build a Dail majority and become the Taoiseach ?. Emmanuel Macron has proved it possible; amazing, because he did so in a country with a population of 67 million. Why do I believe Taoiseach O’Leary is possible? Firstly, because he has … Read More

EU costs on Irish Language show how we export our illusions and hypocrisy

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By Eamon Delaney  Last week, it was revealed that the European Commission had overspent its €220 million translation budget and had to supplement the cost from other sources. One small but telling reason is the cost of translation into the Irish language, which almost nobody is listening to or even reading in Brussels, which is twice the average rate for … Read More