So who really bore the burden of our recession and recovery ?

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By Cormac Lucey The question of who bore the brunt of the bitter economic adjustment Ireland faced in the years immediately following 2008, as economic boom turned to bust, has always attracted heavy political attention. It’s also attracted academic attention as various experts have trawled through the data to measure the impact of the bust on different social strata. The … 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

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

Is your money still safe as houses or are property prices about to crumble?

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By Cormac Lucey Conflicting signals seem to be emerging from the residential property market. Last month The Economist reported that Dublin house prices were 25% overvalued compared with incomes. In August, a survey carried out by the Central Bank and the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland reported that most industry experts now expect residential property prices to rise by … Read More

Ireland has a huge welfare dependency- and the squeezed middle has to pay for it

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By Eamon Delaney This week we saw a damning assessment by the Government itself on our massive welfare dependency in Ireland. According to the Department of Finance paper, we’ve become a welfare nation ‘overly dependent’ on state payments compared to other countries: almost every person in Ireland benefits, directly or indirectly, from some form of social welfare payment which amounts … Read More

Multinationals obscure our strong indigenous performance

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By Cormac Lucey A century ago, the North was the economically advanced part of the island. This helped unionism mobilise against nationalism: opposing a united Ireland didn’t just involve rejection of Rome rule; it was also a renunciation of economic backwardness. In the ensuing hundred years, and particularly over the past 30 years, the relative economic situation has completely reversed. This … 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

Italian populism could soon cloud our sunny outlook

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By Cormac Lucey Humans adapt quickly to changed reality and soon take it for granted. Spring replaces winter, and we feel that life should always be like this. We almost forget the experience of winterish conditions, or that in a few months they will return. Similarly, when strong economic recovery replaces a brush with economic depression, we take the positive … 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