A Blast from the Past

This week 5 and 10 years ago. The first article from the archives is about the search for some meaning at Christmas as the nation continued to splurge in late 2006 and the other article from that week about the state of the roads. This week ten years ago, on the eve...

The Paul Singer stamp swindle

“Nothing undermines your financial judgement more than the sight of your neighbour getting rich” This programme, in Irish, about the Paul Singer stamp swindle in Dun Laoghaire of the 1950s shows that we never learn. View the programme...

Leaving the euro may be our least extreme option

In the year ahead, the exchange rate question will rarely be far from the headlines. If we are to have a referendum — which, according to the Finance Minister, will be a vote on whether we are in or out of the euro — we should get our heads around what the...

Last flight from Frankfurt

The last flight from Frankfurt to Dublin last Thursday was jammed. I didn’t expect it. In fact I thought a 10.45pm flight from Germany would have been half empty. But, of course, the flight was jammed with returning young Irish people. They are all on their way...

Our children won’t be able to pay cost of our debt folly

If any country embodies the notion that demographics are destiny, it is Israel. So it seems appropriate to be writing about how demographics will shape the world in the next few years from a small terrace overlooking Deizengoff Street in central Tel Aviv. The street...

There is another way

This can’t go on. The figures from our economy released in the past few days reveal that the medicine is killing the patient and killing it quickly. From July to September, we saw the biggest fall in the number of people employed in two years. Some 46,000 fewer...