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

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

When it comes to tax, Sinn Fein is the worst option of all

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By Cormac Lucey When I fill out my vote at elections, I follow an unusual procedure. Having filled in my initial preferences, I count the number of candidates and then identify my least favourite and work backwards towards those contenders in the middle where I am less sure. In every Irish election that I have voted in, I have ranked … Read More

Our US ties are more important than we realise

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By Cormac Lucey With all of the discussion about Brexit and its implications for our continuing membership of the European Union, it is easy to overlook the importance of Ireland’s relationship with the USA. It’s all the easier to underestimate the importance of our links to America at this time of the year when they can be reduced to a … Read More

Conference – What Now for Ireland in the Era of Brexit and Trump?

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The Hibernia Forum will host a major and exciting conference on Thursday, 23 February on ‘What Now For Ireland in the Era of Trump and Brexit?’ The conference, with an impressive line up of Irish and international speakers, will be held from 9.00am-3.30pm in the offices of Connect Ireland, on 14 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Space is limited so … Read More

We are leaderless and 2017 will only bring more uncertainty, fudge and populism

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Eamon Delaney The last big political story just before the Christmas break, was the protest by TDs in the border counties against the erection of electricity pylons, as part of strengthening the North-South energy grid. They want the pylons put underground, even though most experts believe this is unnecessary and expensive. In a loaded statement, the Fine Gael Chief Whip … Read More

Irish Water report shows the cowardice of our political culture

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Eamon Delaney in the Irish Daily Mail (longer version here) This week we saw the publication of reports by two different State-created bodies. One was the Fiscal Advisory Council which warned about increases in public sector pay and about the Government running out of money for capital investment and tax cuts. The other report was from the Expert Commission on … Read More

This Budget was about improving politicians image, not the State’s welfare

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By Cormac Lucey, in The Times, digital Irish edition As they sat down to prepare the budget, Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe faced two compelling realities. Firstly, they had limited resources with which to fund budget giveaways. Secondly, the precarious parliamentary situation in Dáil Éireann means that the danger of an early general election is ever-present. … Read More

Our Politicians have abandoned Middle Ireland and want taxpayers to pay for an unreformed welfare culture

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By Eamon Delaney, for the Irish Daily Mail Last Monday I was on RTE’s Claire Byrne Live television show about the upcoming Budget. I was there to make the case for the suffering Irish taxpayer. I expected the worst – the audience was full of the usual groups looking for more State spending and support for various sectional interests. But, … Read More