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

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

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

Gardai need to lose their special victim status and modernise

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By Eamon Delaney One extraordinary aspect about the ongoing crisis in our Gardai force is the fixation on management and the eagerness to exempt the Garda rank and file from being part of the problem. Our politicians rightly praise our Gardai for their service and frontline bravery, but let’s be honest : it wasn’t Noirin O’Sullivan who willingly did all … Read More

The unthinkable alliance looms – a Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein Government

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Eamon Delaney    Irish Independent So Conor McGregor defied the critics and lasted ten rounds with the skilled Floyd Mayweather. The Crumlin man made the transition to ‘respectable’ boxing and came out of it enriched (in all senses) and wasn’t broken or humiliated. What would happen if Sinn Fein made a similar transition to ‘respectable’ politics and got into the … 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

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