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Let's heed the warnings before we lose another decade

Let’s heed the warnings before we lose another decade

This week, the European Commission joined the growing number of Irish commentators warning Ireland of the dangers of cutting the tax base and failing to invest. The draft Post-Programme Surveillance Report made its way into the public domain, and points to a raft of risks for the recovery. If we ignore them and blindly repeat...
Ireland Could Be Taking on a Leadership Role in Finding Solutions for Greece

Ireland Could Be Taking on a Leadership Role in Finding Solutions for Greece

Ireland as a Troika programme country could take a leading role in resolving this crisis. Instead of dictating specific terms, we could be helping to create the systems which would keep Greece afloat.   <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/enECumc3QmU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
'Perfect gentleman' Trichet Dictated Terms to Ireland

‘Perfect gentleman’ Trichet Dictated Terms to Ireland

Jean-Claude Trichet warned Ireland crisis funds propping up collapsed banks in 2010 would be withdrawn unless they asked for a rescue package ‘With regard to threats, the ECB does not operate that way. Jean-Claude Trichet is a perfect gentleman.” That’s what Michael Noonan told me in the Dail Chamber on November 2, 2011. In light...
Davos & the Price of Inequality

Davos & the Price of Inequality

The world’s uber-rich met in Davos this week for their annual shindig. One of the messages coming from the millionaires and billionaires was unexpected, and one we’d do well to heed – rising inequality is becoming a very dangerous thing. The World Economic Forum, which hosts the Davos event, has identified income inequality as the...
Forgive us our tresspasses, i.e. the promissory note

Forgive us our tresspasses, i.e. the promissory note

On November 27 I spoke on motion to destroy the bonds formerly known as the promissory notes. It read as follows. “That Dáil Éireann calls on the Government to immediately lobby the European Central Bank for a one-off exemption from the rules of monetary financing, to allow the Central Bank of Ireland to destroy the...
What does the Taoiseach make of Anglo Irish Bank's debts?

What does the Taoiseach make of Anglo Irish Bank’s debts?

On November 26, 2013 the technical group put forward a motion saying the following: “That Dáil Éireann calls on the Government to immediately lobby the European Central Bank for a one-off exemption from the rules of monetary financing, to allow the Central Bank of Ireland to destroy the €25 billion in sovereign bonds issued in...