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Monthly archive September, 2013
Does Patrick Honohan have the power to control the banks?

Does Patrick Honohan have the power to control the banks?

Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan was in front of the Finance Committee on September 26, 2013. He was asked about the Anglo Tapes by many TDs, but I wanted to focus on the Mortgage arrears crisis. I raised the banks’ tactics of issuing legal letters and other extend and pretend measures in trying to hit...
Is there any wriggle room in Budget 2014?

Is there any wriggle room in Budget 2014?

This week I took Leader’s Questions for the first time. I wanted to ask the Taoiseach about the minimum budgetary adjustment as required by the Troika, which is about €8.9bn (5.1% of €174bn) as oppose to the Stability Programme Update’s figure of €7.5bn. It seems we may be overshooting the minimum requirement by about €1.4bn....
Bank Inquiry could be catalyst for change

Bank Inquiry could be catalyst for change

A new inquiry into the banking crisis, if done properly, could really be quite helpful. Of course, there’s also every chance it will simply descend into ugly political nonsense. If we’re to make it work for the country, we need to be crystal clear on what we want out of it. We don’t need a...
What the Eirgrid Gridlink Project Means for Wicklow

What the Eirgrid Gridlink Project Means for Wicklow

As part of the national goal of meeting 40% of electricity demand with renewable energy by 2020, €500 million will be invested in the Eirgrid Gridlink Project, a new high voltage power line from Cork to Kildare. The proposed overhead corridor passes through Wicklow and East Carlow, close to Carnew, Baltinglass, Tinahely and Hackettstown. Eirgrid...
Dáil Reform: More time to be powerless

Dáil Reform: More time to be powerless

I was on TV3’s Tonight with Vincent Browne last night, discussing reform/abolition of the Seanad and the types of Dáil reforms that have been suggested by the Government. Above is a snippet of the discussion between myself, Catherine Halloran, Pearse Doherty, Leo Varadkar – and, of course, Vincent.
Is Ireland a Tax Haven?

Is Ireland a Tax Haven?

Ever heard of Gizmo Enterprises? No me neither, until I came up with the imaginary mutlinational at the Joint Subcommittee at Global Taxation. It was part of a discussion with TCD’s Frank Barry, a tax architecture expert who joined us to discuss the varying opinions on whether Ireland is a tax haven.