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Monthly archive September, 2014
The challenges for Budget 2015

The challenges for Budget 2015

Budget 2015 needs to be progressive and to negotiate some potential long term hurdles like long term debt, our decreasing competitiveness and long-term unemployment. Budget 2015 needs to be progressive and to negotiate some barriers to economic growth like unsustainable levels of debt, decreasing competitiveness and long term unemployment. Overall, thankfully, the economic outlook is...
What a mess: Irish Water, Minister Kelly & the Data Protection Commissioner

What a mess: Irish Water, Minister Kelly & the Data Protection Commissioner

I’ve been inundated with calls from constituents who are concerned about giving their PPS numbers to a private company. I am also very uncomfortable with Irish Water’s approach to providing customer details to third parties for marketing purposes. So I got onto the Data Protection Commissioner and the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local...
Spporting Irish Businesses in Budget 2015

Spporting Irish Businesses in Budget 2015

As part of my continuing series on the budget I’m throwing out a few facts and figures about where we are now, and where Budget 2015 needs to take us. This latest economic snippet is about GDP and GNP.  The graph below shows the value of all products and services in Ireland (GDP) alongside with...
Unemployment: The Gender Gap

Unemployment: The Gender Gap

Ahead of the budget I’m throwing out a few facts and figures about where the economy is now and where Budget 2015 needs to take it. This is a look at long term unemployment and gender since 2007. The above graph shows the growth in long-term unemployment and how this breaks down amongst men and...
How has Taxation changed in Ireland since 2004?

How has Taxation changed in Ireland since 2004?

Ahead of the budget I’m throwing out a few facts and figures about where we are now, and where Budget 2015 needs to take us. The following shows the government’s tax take over the last ten years and where it has changed over time. The above graph shows the trend of tax income in the...
Copy of Regional Unemployment and Participation

Copy of Regional Unemployment and Participation

Ahead of the budget I’m throwing out a few facts and figures about where we are now, and where Budget 2015 needs to take us. This is a look at unemployment and how it is affecting different regions across Ireland. The graph below shows the participation rate (everyone that could work) and unemployment by region in the...