Chasing the grey vote will put us into the red

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By Eamon Delaney The recent granny grant proposed from Shane Ross TD and his fellow Independents, has to be one of the craziest budget ideas of recent years. But this week the Independent TDs ran it close with another hare-brained notion, which was that the elderly should be exempt from paying property tax. Yes, just like that. Why do people … Read More

EU is flawed but Irexit would be a mistake

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By Cormac Lucey A new party campaigning for Ireland to leave the European Union has been recently launch. Those involved include Ray Bassett, a former Irish ambassador, and Ray Kinsella, a professor at University College Dublin. The spokesman is Hermann Kelly, who heads up communications at the European parliament in Brussels for the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group, … Read More

Arguing tax and economics with Pearse Doherty TD

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By Cormac Lucey Last week I took part in a radio debate with Pearse Doherty, the Sinn Fein finance spokesman, about the 2019 budget. Doherty argued that pressing social needs require additional taxation. His debating style is an example of one of Thomas Sowell’s insightful sayings. The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to … Read More

Insiders generally look after insiders

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By Cormac Lucey One of modern life’s great pejorative put-downs is to describe somebody as a “conspiracy theorist”. To be honest, I am comfortable with the label. I am a suspicious person and I do believe that powerful interests very often suppress information about what they’re at and to gain information about what everyone else is up to. Indeed, a … Read More

Our Chairman talks to Eamon Dunphy about Conservatism and international affairs

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In a wide ranging and absorbing discussion, Hibernia Forum Chairman Cormac Lucey discusses the philosophy of modern Conservatism with the veteran broadcaster Eamon Dunphy. What are the big issues in the world today? Why are so many people in the West discontent despite rising prosperity and longevity ? Is the EU a German project, even by accident? Why does the … Read More

The plague of the career politicians

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By Cormac Lucey One of the plagues of modern life is the career politician. This is somebody who aspires to a political career from an early age, and then realises that goal with spells in student politics and as a political adviser before being fast-tracked to political success. In most cases, these people arrive in office without having had much … Read More

TD Mick Barry’s juvenile Marxism makes Green Ciaran Cuffe sound rational

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By John Lalor On the Matt Cooper Show recently, there was a discussion on Minister for the Environment Denis Naughton’s confusing comments about whether or not we will have to pay by weight for refuse. Green Party Councillor Ciaran Cuff argued for pay-by-weight, and that it’s “fundamentally unfair that people would not pay slightly differently, depending on the amount of … 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