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

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Budget 2015: The Next Generation Lost Out to the Next Election

Budget 2015: The Next Generation Lost Out to the Next Election

Last Tuesday’s Budget was politically cute but economically foolish, and felt very like Fianna Fail budgets of old. It might be the last one before the next General Election, so Fine Gael and Labour could be forgiven for a little self-interest. But not for being quite so politically motivated, and quite so irresponsible. Just six...
Budget 2015: will Fine Gael and Labour bribe us with our own money?

Budget 2015: will Fine Gael and Labour bribe us with our own money?

The signs aren’t promising. Due to a well sanctioned series of statements by Government TDs, everyone’s expecting a reduction in their taxes. The conversation isn’t about whether it’ll happen, it’s about the form the tax break will take. The obvious rhetoric is being employed liberally by junior ministers giddy with the prospect of good news....
What would a wealth tax cost us?

What would a wealth tax cost us?

We shouldn’t introduce a wealth tax in Ireland – we should makes changes to the ill-conceived property tax to turn it into a real wealth tax that’s stable, smart and reasonable. Here are four quick reasons why. One, the property tax is neither the wealth tax, nor the local service fund, we’re told it is....
Can the Oireachtas learn from past mistakes?

Can the Oireachtas learn from past mistakes?

The very mistake made in setting up the Banking Inquiry is the same one that allowed the banking collapse happen in the first place. Ironic, and very dangerous. If we’re to avoid another crisis in a few years’ time, the Establishment must be able to learn from its own mistakes – something it has resisted...
RTE report on the Banking Inquiry Fiasco

RTE report on the Banking Inquiry Fiasco

A report from RTE’s Nine O’Clock News on Sunday, June 15, following my decision to step down from the Banking Inquiry due to political interference from the Taoiseach. You can read more about why I took this decision here.
Ireland's Cashless Recovery

Ireland’s Cashless Recovery

More and more people are asking why, if the economy’s turning, they still have less and less money in their pockets. They hear things are improving, but their daily reality is that it’s getting harder and harder to pay the bills. I spoke recently with a grocer who’s been in business in Wicklow for forty...