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Ireland's Bailout Loans: Deal or no Deal?

Ireland’s Bailout Loans: Deal or no Deal?

EU finance ministers yesterday agreed to examine the possibility of extending the maturities for part of the bailout loans to Portugal and Ireland. As a result I was on RTE’s Six One News, and TV3’s Tonight with Vincent Browne. It’s good news. Kind of. The first tranche of funding to which this deal would apply...
No Plans to Close Greystones Post Office

No Plans to Close Greystones Post Office

I have been onto An Post and received written confirmation that there will be no closure of any post offices in North Wicklow. They have told me that there is a long term plan to group postal sorting staff in Bray and Greystones on one site. This would entail considerable investment by An Post in...
Job Creation on the Agenda

Job Creation on the Agenda

The Government has published its Legislative Agenda for Spring 2013 and claims job creation and reducing unemployment is the priority. The department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation will be working on The Industrial Development (Micro-Enterprise & Small Business) Bill and Workplace Relations Bill, plus bills on Consumer & Competition, Employment Permits and Co-operative Societies, all...
Farce of a Budget breeds Fear

Farce of a Budget breeds Fear

This article was originally printed in the Sunday Independent on November 25, 2012. You can read the original version here. Or you can just read it below. Cloak and dagger farce of a Budget breeds fear In 10 days, Ministers Noonan and Howlin will walk into the Dail chamber and unveil Budget 2013. Detailing €1.25bn...
I know what you did last week

I know what you did last week

Below is a piece I wrote for Thejournal.ie on what I did last week when the Dáil wasn’t in session. The perception is that TDs get lots of time off. And while it’s true that there are plenty of weeks in the year when the Dáil doesn’t sit, there’s still a lot to do. You...
A Chat with Richie Boucher

A Chat with Richie Boucher

Yesterday at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, I talked to Richie Boucher, Bank of Ireland Chief Executive. The first nine minutes illustrate the bank’s attitude to the committee, from nine minutes and ten seconds onwards Mister Boucher refuses to answer how much debt Bank of Ireland has surrendered to date...