From budgets to borders, we must break free from knee-jerk decision-making

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By Cormac Lucey There was broad dissatisfaction expressed in the country’s opinion pages about the 2019 budget. Very few of those commenting have personal experience of operating inside Ireland’s political system and its constraints. The primary limitation is that every government wants to be re-elected. Decisions are therefore almost inevitably oriented towards sustaining ministers’ political popularity, and this can produce … Read More

Austerity does lead to prosperity but the left just doesn’t get it

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By Eamon Delaney I’m an old school media consumer and I have boxes of old cuttings which I go through occasionally to de-clutter. It is fascinating. You can see the how the big issues reoccur and develop, both in Irish and international affairs. It is especially instructive to see the ongoing coverage of our economic crisis from the bust of … Read More

Budget 2018 : ISME calls for implementation of Tax Institute findings

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ISME, the Irish SME Association today (May 31st) submitted its Pre-Budget Submission to Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister of Finance. The document outlines the Associations key priorities for Budget 2019. Ireland’s GDP is expected to grow by 4.1% in 2019, the third highest in Europe, behind Malta and Slovakia. This is tightening the labour market, pressurising wages, and rapidly increasing the … Read More

Fine Gael are doing exactly what they accused Charlie McCreevy of doing

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By Cormac Lucey The latest IMF report on the Irish economy passed by with little remark. That reflects an economy back on its own two feet and no longer dependent on external support. Nonetheless, the Washington DC-based organisation argues that the key policy challenge is to harness Ireland’s strong economic momentum to avoid a new boom-bust cycle, and to bolster … Read More

Senate attendance farce shows our second chamber is beyond reform

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Eamon Delaney Apparently, just 13 out of our 60 Senators showed up in the Seanad last week to hear Health Minister Simon Harris speak about the appalling cervical cancer scandal. This is absolutely shocking and shows a contempt for what couldn’t be a more crucial issue, right now gripping the country. About the same derisory number of Senators attended EU Commissioner … Read More

Ditch the shiny packaging — we just want a national wish list that is functional

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By Cormac Lucey There is an excited ritual for any family whose children are writing to Santa Claus with their requests for Christmas presents. Imagine how much more excitement there would be if your children were sending requests to the North Pole that covered presents for the next 10 years? It’s a similar ritual for politicians who get to prepare … Read More

Our Emergency Health delays are a disgrace and should be tackled for once and for all

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By Eamon Delaney I found myself back in a hospital A&E again after Christmas, this time for a dislocated shoulder. Thankfully, it was sorted out, apart from some ongoing pain and future physio. But my casualty department experience, mercifully just before the recent deluge, was a personal reminder, as all these visits are, of everything that is good and bad … Read More

Reducing construction taxes would get homes built and people housed

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By Paul Molloy This is an article about giving tax incentives to property developers to build the houses they are not currently building. The whole country is affected by this housing crisis, from couples who can’t get on the property ladder, to tenants with little security and rising rents and most importantly for the “new homeless”. The Government believe they … Read More