Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow. Fighting for job creation, economic justice and political reform.

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Time to Tax 'Vultures' Like the Rest of Us

Time to Tax ‘Vultures’ Like the Rest of Us

Closing down tax avoidance by large investors is part of the difference between the State having, and not having, enough money to invest in public services and infrastructure for the next decade. And to that end, the latest Project Eagle accounts tell us three important things. First, they vindicate the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (C&AG)...
Tax Avoidance Anomaly Means Pain for Taxpayers

Tax Avoidance Anomaly Means Pain for Taxpayers

In recent weeks, I’ve been looking into entirely lawful ‘tax neutral’ schemes being used by so-called vulture funds in Ireland. And I fear a legitimate law could inadvertently lead to one of the biggest avoidance of Irish taxes in the State’s history. We could be looking at total lost taxes in the region of €20bn...
How Did the Government Shaft Mortgage Holders and Taxpayers in One Fell Swoop?

How Did the Government Shaft Mortgage Holders and Taxpayers in One Fell Swoop?

The Irish Government could be complicit in wholesale tax avoidance by foreign investment firms, which are generating huge profits in Ireland off the backs of Irish mortgage holders. Sarah and Dominic (not their real names) live in Kilkenny with their two children. They bought their home in 2007. The shop Sarah worked in closed during...
Decision brings big risks and opportunity

Decision brings big risks and opportunity

The bookies were convinced the United Kingdom would vote to remain in the European Union. And as the results came in on Thursday night, it looked like they were right. London, Scotland and Northern Ireland were voting ‘Remain’ and Nigel Farage was on television conceding defeat. But then it all changed – borough after borough...
Two-year Hip Op Wait is Unacceptable

Two-year Hip Op Wait is Unacceptable

Imagine living with intense, debilitating pain and learning that, while your condition can be dealt with, you’ll have to wait two-and-a-half years. That’s what people in need of orthopaedic surgery are hearing every day in Ireland. The reasons are few and the solutions are straightforward, but they’re not happening, and people are left in agony....
Talking the Living Wage, Health, and New Politics on the Late Debate

Talking the Living Wage, Health, and New Politics on the Late Debate

Last night I took part in the Late Debate chaired by Cormac Ó hEadhra alongside Martin Heydon, Fine Gael TD Kildare South, Mick Barry, AAA-PBP Cork North Central, Professor John Crown, Consultant Oncologist St. Vincent’s Hospital Dublin and Niamh Lyons, Political Editor Times Ireland.