Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow. Fighting for job creation, economic justice and political reform.

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The Housing Crisis and the Commercial Property Bubble

The Housing Crisis and the Commercial Property Bubble

  We’re in the middle of a bubble in commercial property in Dublin that’s bubblier now than it was in 2007. It’s being caused in part by…you guessed it…Fine Gael tax breaks for foreign investors! Who cares? Every citizen, who sees vast taxes being missed that are sorely needed. Local businesses, who’ve...
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Talking Trump's First Weekend and the Commercial Property Bubble

Talking Trump’s First Weekend and the Commercial Property Bubble

Earlier this week, I joined Declan Meehan on East Coast Radio to discuss the weekend’s events across the pond, and the impact that the commercial property bubble may be having on residential property development in Ireland.
Oxfam Reckon We're a Tax Haven

Oxfam Reckon We’re a Tax Haven

    It’d be easy to dismiss Oxfam’s work as alarmist, or unfair, or misleading, but they’re not alone. In 2013, Ireland was singled out as a tax haven by the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security; In 2015, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights stated that “When lists of tax...
Time to Tax 'Vultures' Like the Rest of Us

Time to Tax ‘Vultures’ Like the Rest of Us

Closing down tax avoidance by large investors is part of the difference between the State having, and not having, enough money to invest in public services and infrastructure for the next decade. And to that end, the latest Project Eagle accounts tell us three important things. First, they vindicate the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (C&AG)...
Why would a so-called vulture fund be owned by a children's charity?

Why would a so-called vulture fund be owned by a children’s charity?

Why would a so-called vulture fund be owned by a children’s charity? Why would the children’s charity list the Temple Street Children’s Hospital as one of their ‘Foundation Partners’…when Temple Street then say on national radio that they’re not? And then there was Fergus Finlay on today, saying Barnardos shouldn’t be listed either, referencing children...
Water Ownership Must Be Put to the People

Water Ownership Must Be Put to the People

The people of Wicklow have been crystal clear on what they want to happen – Full and permanent public ownership of our water system. It is essential. I tabled a Bill to that effect last year, and I welcome the support that Deputy Collins’ Bill has received in the Dail this week. The Bill was...
Fighting Double Taxation for Accidental Landlords

Fighting Double Taxation for Accidental Landlords

Some of you reading this are trapped in negative equity. You bought a small apartment around 2005. You paid a fortune in taxes on it. Today, you have kids, and the apartment isn’t suitable to raise your family in. So you need to move. But you can’t sell the apartment. And you can’t buy a...