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So, Have We Learned Nothing from the Crash? It Seems So

So, Have We Learned Nothing from the Crash? It Seems So

Last week the Irish Financial Advisory Council, IFAC, sounded warnings that Fine Gael/ Labour are slipping rapidly into the old Budgetary habits of Fianna Fail. Having lived through the consequences of what short-term, technically incompetent fiscal management can do to a country, this should set off alarm bells for every man and woman in the...
'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Jean-Claude Trichet warned Ireland crisis funds propping up collapsed banks in 2010 would be withdrawn unless they asked for a rescue package ‘With regard to threats, the ECB does not operate that way.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...
Trichet's Threats

Trichet’s Threats

I discussed Jean Claude Trichet’s secret and threatening letter to Brian Lenihan sent on November 19th, 2010, on Morning Ireland with Audrey Carville. The letters were released by the Irish Times, after some sterling work from There’s a bit more detail about the background to these letters came to light here.
Does the Government have a plan B?

Does the Government have a plan B?

On October 24, 2013, I asked an Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore how the Government plans to break the link between sovereign debt and banking debt, just before the Social Welfare Bill 2013 was railroaded through the Dáil. The Social Welfare Bill will save the state around 4% of 2014’s interest payments relating to the bank debts....

Equality Budgeting

Following on from Budget 2014 I wanted to compare how Ireland does regarding equality with our European neighbours. The map below is of European Gini Coefficients from 2011. The Gini Coefficient is a measure of statistical dispersion intended to represent the income distribution of a nation’s residents, or how fairly income is shared across the...
Talking to the OECD on taxation regimes and tax havens

Talking to the OECD on taxation regimes and tax havens

On July 23, 2013, the Finance sub-committee on global taxation had a skype call with Pascal Saint-Amans, the Director for the OECD’s Tax Policy and Administration. Most members of the committee wanted a straight yes or no answer on whether Ireland was a tax haven or not. But I wanted to go a little deeper...