Bringing it all back home

Have you heard of the newest trend sweeping through corporate America? After nearly three decades of worshipping at the altar of “outsourcing” – moving production out of the United States attracted by lower wages and lower taxes in the foreign companies –...

Corporation tax sleight of hand will turn us into world pariahs

Can a reasonably well-behaved country with few, if any, enemies, become an international pariah? Can a country that has pursued neutrality, contributed much to the UN and taken diplomatic political correctness to asphyxiating heights, come crashing down and become...

EU Presidency provides a great opportunity for us

Driving past the RDS last week, as the city played host to bigwig foreign ministers, gave me a feel of what Dublin is going to look like for the next six months. The place was, to use the new terminology, ‘locked down’, as is now necessary when someone as...

Budget is yet another botched job from our impotent Government

JK Galbraith, the great American economist, said that the key job of a leader was to “understand the anxieties of the people, and do something to ease these anxieties”. The Budget is an opportunity to set out the stall of any leadership, to articulate a...

Why Government could learn a lot from the world of business

One of the many great things about teaching an economics course is that you get as many ideas from your students as you give them. The other night, one of my students, who is returning to economics out of general interest but who has a wealth of experience in turning...

IN PRAISE OF A MAN WHO DARED TO DREAM

In all walks of life, individuals make a difference and, in small countries, some individuals can make a big difference. One of those people in Ireland was Hugh O’Regan who sadly passed away – tragically, far too young – last week. Visionaries can...