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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...
Why last year's budget was bad and two ways to make it better

Why last year’s budget was bad and two ways to make it better

I gave a speech today on the state of the economy and called on the government to perform a cost benefit analysis and a poverty impact assessment of the Budget, ahead of time. You can see it here.
The Children's Referendum: Advocating a Yes Vote

The Children’s Referendum: Advocating a Yes Vote

I held a press conference with some other independent TDs today to advocate a yes vote in the upcoming children’s referendum. The referendum is a positive step towards the protection of children in our society. A yes vote will allow some of the 2,000 children in state care to be adopted by long-term foster parents...
Smiling Irish eyes mean nothing when tens of billions are at stake

Smiling Irish eyes mean nothing when tens of billions are at stake

This article originally appeared in the Sunday Independent on October 21. You can read the original version here. On Friday afternoon, Taoiseach Enda Kenny was sucker-punched by Chancellor Angela Merkel. At the end of a two-day summit in Brussels, a summit at which Team Ireland was desperately trying to get movement on the return of...