Post Editors

Post Editors

Europe's latest half-baked plan

Europe's latest half-baked plan

To judge the outcome from the EU summit, it is necessary to ask two questions: was what was agreed sensible? And can it be implemented? On both counts, the outcome of the latest summit fails the test.

The reform agenda must now be pushed

The reform agenda must now be pushed

There were welcome measures in the budget - it was vital to keep reducing the deficit, the avoidance of income tax hikes was correct and there were welcome, if limited, reliefs for households and bus

Budget must not limit enterprise

Budget must not limit enterprise

'First, do no harm" is often a good prescription for governments, as well as doctors. However, given that it needs to raise €3.8 billion, the government will struggle to stick to that dictum in this w

Austerity no cure-all

Austerity no cure-all

Austerity is not a cure-all for Europe. This is a vital message which the ECB and the EU leaders need to bear in mind, as they enter a crucial week. First, let us look at the ECB. It is clearly caugh

Act now to avert a eurozone catastrophe

Act now to avert a eurozone catastrophe

So the euro crisis appears to be reaching its crunch stage. Just consider where we are. Three countries are in a bailout and Italy and Spain are effectively locked out of borrowing markets - or close

Ireland's deficit must be the priority

Ireland's deficit must be the priority

The basic problem underlying much of the European crisis is that too many countries have lost the political will to live within their means over the medium term. Easy credit (much of its supplied by G

Bankruptcy rules must be equitable

Bankruptcy rules must be equitable

Sean Quinn is within his rights to apply for bankruptcy in the North. Yet it will only increase the annoyance of people in the Republic that someone who is going to cost the taxpayer a couple of billi

More must be done to close the cost gap

More must be done to close the cost gap

Is the government really getting to grips with the cost of running the country? Certainly, current spending is set to fall between now and 2015 in cash terms, and this will not be easily achieved. H

Only the ECB can bring stability

Only the ECB can bring stability

In another chaotic week, Europe appeared to pull back slightly from the brink, with the announcement and then cancellation of a Greek referendum which, had it been lost, would have had potentially cat

Priorities for the new president

Priorities for the new president

Today, we congratulate president-elect Michael D Higgins and wish him well in office. After a bright start to the election, when he appeared to speak most realistically about what a president can actu

Government must push EU for a deal

Government must push EU for a deal

The EU has applied another sticking plaster to its problems. This time it may be a bit bigger than previous attempts to patch up the patient, but a sticking plaster it remains. What was agreed at the

Next time, we need a better campaign

Next time, we need a better campaign

It has been a gruelling presidential campaign for all the participants. One by one the candidates have been subjected to intense and unmerciful scrutiny by the media; one by one they have wilted under

The public sector remains shielded

The public sector remains shielded

So Ireland has passed its latest examination by the EU/ECB/IMF troika with flying colours. But these quarterly reviews are not the trial by ordeal that they seem. The fact is that the government is in