Why Ireland’s growing economy isn’t making you richer

One of the oddest things happening in the Irish economy is that unemployment is falling quickly but income-tax receipts are not rising in tandem. The Government is confused. When employment rises so should income tax. So why isn’t this happening?   A few weeks ago, I...

Taking home the Canadian bacon

Irish investors will suffer again as Ireland’s largest private landlord bides its time to cash in Why do you think the share price of Bank of Ireland, Ireland’s least bust bank, has been falling dramatically? Obviously, there are clear international factors at play,...

RTE Radio 1: News at One

Here is a clip from yesterday’s RTE Radio 1 News at One show where I was discussing the latest developments in the Banking Enquiry. The clip starts with some ausio from the Enquiry proceedings, I come in at 4:16. RTE Radio 1 News at One 28 May  ...

Number One in #Power100 list

Wilson Hartnell PR company have voted me Number 1 in their power rankings of the most influencial Twitter users in Ireland. Read more here, here and here for...

Sugar Rush

Our economy is showing considerable signs of life. Many indicators, which were dormant for years, are now pointing upwards. The big question is whether this is something muscular, the fruition of a long lasting plan or is it a massive sugar rush, fuelled by six years...

Property: here we go again

Last week, there was lots of talk about individual politicians but, in truth, these people – although mostly well-intentioned – don’t actually matter in terms of the economy. All the main Irish parties believe in the same economic orthodoxy, so in a sense they...