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....
An Alternative Budget that Doubles Down on Education

An Alternative Budget that Doubles Down on Education

The budget is almost upon us, and after a considerable amount of work in the background, I’m releasing my pre-budget submission for Budget 2015. What I’ve tried to do is design a full suite of proposals that would close the deficit while investing in the future. The combined measures reduce the deficit by €1bn, bringing...
The challenges for Budget 2015

The challenges for Budget 2015

Budget 2015 needs to be progressive and to negotiate some potential long term hurdles like long term debt, our decreasing competitiveness and long-term unemployment. Budget 2015 needs to be progressive and to negotiate some barriers to economic growth like unsustainable levels of debt, decreasing competitiveness and long term unemployment. Overall, thankfully, the economic outlook is...
Spporting Irish Businesses in Budget 2015

Spporting Irish Businesses in Budget 2015

As part of my continuing series on the budget I’m throwing out a few facts and figures about where we are now, and where Budget 2015 needs to take us. This latest economic snippet is about GDP and GNP.  The graph below shows the value of all products and services in Ireland (GDP) alongside with...
Unemployment: The Gender Gap

Unemployment: The Gender Gap

Ahead of the budget I’m throwing out a few facts and figures about where the economy is now and where Budget 2015 needs to take it. This is a look at long term unemployment and gender since 2007. The above graph shows the growth in long-term unemployment and how this breaks down amongst men and...