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UK election result makes our role in Brexit more important

UK election result makes our role in Brexit more important

The UK election changes the likely impact of Brexit on Ireland. It makes a softer Brexit more likely, which is welcomed. But it also makes a ‘no deal’ outcome more likely, which would be a disaster. And it makes special status for Northern Ireland harder to achieve, which is bad news on both sides of...
Greystones Park and Ride

Greystones Park and Ride

Wicklow County Council is currently holding a public consultation on its parking bye-laws. The draft includes a proposal to charge €2/day for the Greystones Park & Ride. For anyone using it for work, that’s €500/year. Public transport needs to be promoted, and a key part of that is the park & ride facility. I believe...
Trade is Good

Trade is Good

I was sitting close to the back of a large lecture theatre in Boston, listening to Professor Lant Pritchett’s views on globalisation. ‘Trade is good’. Lant was moving through slides on deadweight loss, World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks, comparative advantage and lots more. Every now and again that same slide would appear – three words...
Is Ireland ready to play its part in the countdown to Brexit?

Is Ireland ready to play its part in the countdown to Brexit?

This Wednesday, the UK’s prime minister, Theresa May, is expected to start the clock on Brexit. Taoiseach Enda Kenny described what’s about to happen as ‘the most important negotiations in our history as an independent State’. So, what’s about to happen, what’s at stake, and what should we be doing about it? What’s about to...
Supporting the Tesco Workers

Supporting the Tesco Workers

This afternoon I met up again with Tesco workers in Greystones. What’s happening here to long serving employees is not remotely okay. It is imperative that Tesco re-enter talks immediately, and that no changes are made to anyone’s contracts with agreement on all sides – which is what the workers stated repeatedly. What’s particularly striking...
Special Status for Northern Ireland

Special Status for Northern Ireland

Brexit could have profound effects on the people of Northern Ireland – on their economy, their society, and their human rights. There have been many calls for ‘special status’ for the North in the context of Brexit negotiations. But what does that mean? What EU institutions will they have access to? How well will their...