Compared to the crash of 2008, the next crisis will actually be even worse

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By Cormac Lucey It is 10 years since the Irish government’s fateful decision to guarantee the liabilities of the Irish banks. That rubber-stamped the country’s plunge into financial disaster, following the collapse two weeks earlier of Lehman Brothers, which kickstarted the international financial crisis. As with all meltdowns, there had been plenty of warnings. The share price of Bank of … Read More

Global forecasts are clear on one thing — an inflationary storm will drench us all

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By Cormac Lucey The Standard and Poor’s 500 index of American stocks continues to hit all-time highs. The index of Irish shares — the ISEQ — is at post-crash highs, hitting the level first reached in 2006 towards the very end of the boom era. Unemployment in Ireland has fallen to 6%, not far off the multi-decade low of 4% … Read More

We are losing our competitive edge and business needs to speak up quickly

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By Eamon Delaney in The Times.ie Last week, the Taoiseach and the IDA’s Martin Shanahan (above left) visited the US West Coast where Leo was pictured next to Star Wars characters and robots. They also got pictured next to Tim Cook of Apple (above, centre) where they spoke of the deep commitment of Ireland and the global computer giant to … 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

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

We join international partners in launching global Property Rights Index 2017

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2017 International Property Rights Index unveiled Global index ranks property right protections in 127 countries, covering 98% of world GDP and 93% of world populationWashington, DC – Property Rights Alliance is proud to release the 2017 International Property Rights Index. The Index measures the strength of physical property rights, intellectual property rights, and the legal and political environments that contain them. … Read More