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Monthly archive March, 2013
The importance of ridding Irish entrepreneurs of debt

The importance of ridding Irish entrepreneurs of debt

Have a guess what the average age is for founders of successful hi-tech companies in the United States. I reckoned about 26. Turns out it’s 39. The inspired, mega-rich, 20-somethings are, it seems, the exception (which, let’s face it, is good to hear). The US leads the world in entrepreneurship, and Ireland is well placed...
Asking the Government to reverse disability cuts

Asking the Government to reverse disability cuts

This week, Finian McGrath’s introduced a Private Members Bill calling on the Government to reverse cuts to the disability sector and honour the promises to the disabled, made the Programme for Government. I took the opportunity to point out that the cumulative impact of the disability cuts indicate that the sector is being targeted by...
On Al Jazeera on the sale of Ireland's forests

On Al Jazeera on the sale of Ireland’s forests

Al Jazeera Ireland recently controversial the plan to sell off the harvesting rights to Ireland’s forests to meet Troika demands to reduce our debts. I talked to reporter Lawrence Lee, who pointed out that Ireland isn’t the only eurozone member to try to sell off its environmental assets to make some money; Greece has put...
Plans to tackle the Mortgage Arrears Crisis Favour the Banks

Plans to tackle the Mortgage Arrears Crisis Favour the Banks

The mortgage crisis is now so large that it risks financially destroying an entire generation and keeping our economy on the rocks for a decade. Wednesday’s announcement of new targets for restructuring mortgages looked like it might help. Predictably, the detail betrayed another sorry tale of Ireland putting institutions ahead of citizens. The plan could...
Cad a dhéanfaimid feasta gan Coillte

Cad a dhéanfaimid feasta gan Coillte

As part of the deal with the Troika, Ireland committed to selling €3bn worth of state assets. One of those assets earmarked for sale is 80 years of the harvesting rights for Coillte’s crops. Minister Coveney claimed that this will raise between €400 million and €600 million. The sale will apply to timber on 50%...
The Scorpion and the Fox

The Scorpion and the Fox

Earlier this week, Michael Noonan expressed his desire for the banks to get on with addressing the personal debt crisis. The Troika, the banking regulator and the Governor of the Central Bank have all made similar noises in recent months. And well they might. Nearly one in five residential mortgages is in arrears, or some...