Stephen Kinsella

Stephen Kinsella

Articles by Stephen Kinsella

A powerful polemic that takes political ideas to the next level

A powerful polemic that takes political ideas to the next level

Like the best political economists, Michael O’Sullivan is able to show examples of the transitions taking place across multiple fields — economics, international finance, politics, international relations

Green policies have often been a killer of electability - but now that we’re in an extinction-level crisis, we need to move the green question outside politics altogether.

Green policies have often been a killer of electability - but now that we’re in an extinction-level crisis, we need to move the green question outside politics altogether.

Can economists handle the good news?

Can economists handle the good news?

Ireland’s economy has a history of outperforming other European economies for a while, and then vastly underperforming them when the economy turns downward like a marble rolling ever-faster off a table

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Mega-projects raise the question of where private decision-making, private funding and private risk-taking should be preferred, and where public decision-making and action-taking is necessary.

Broadband deal is 'the procurement state in action'

Broadband deal is 'the procurement state in action'

Stephen Kinsella on the convoluted history of the National Broadband Plan

Watt is right to question the €3 billion broadband bill

Watt is right to question the €3 billion broadband bill

The negative response to senior civil servant Robert Watt’s criticism of the massive cost of the rural broadband rollout is yet another example of this society’s dislike of straight talkers

The challenges to Ireland's economic model

The challenges to Ireland's economic model

Small open economies are the sentinel species of globalisation - and we may be the most globalised

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

The domestic economy’s demand for goods grew by 4.5% last year. The Irish economy is growing. It looks strong. So do the public finances. So far, so boring. But, as Tom Waits once sang, the large print giveth, and the small print taketh away.

Stephen Kinsella on economics

Stephen Kinsella on economics

Charities do good work, but given the sensitive work they do, and the funding they receive, as organisations they deserve our scrutiny

Stephen Kinsella on Immigration

Stephen Kinsella on Immigration

Ireland is by far the most successful country in the EU at integrating migrants, and it’s vital that debate on the issue is not allowed to descend into emotional soundbites.

We can see the positive side of Brexit . . . in all its negatives

We can see the positive side of Brexit . . . in all its negatives

The EU has shown extraordinary patience, and we’re lucky to be part of this club

Ireland's second-tier cities need to grow faster

Ireland's second-tier cities need to grow faster

Ireland is a bit odd in terms of the distribution of its population. Our urban hierarchy is odd not because Dublin is so big, but because our other cities are so small

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

The reality is that if international trade and dealings are not governed by some set of rules, then size is all that matters. A world like that is very dangerous for just under five million people living on an island on the western edge of Europe.

The Action Plan for Jobs has to rank as one of the most successful policy programmes in the history of the state.But its replacement, FutureJobs Ireland, is a much more ambitious strategy.

The Action Plan for Jobs has to rank as one of the most successful policy programmes in the history of the state.But its replacement, FutureJobs Ireland, is a much more ambitious strategy.

Jobs, jobs, jobs. But what kinds of jobs? Ireland is at, or near, the top of an economic cycle. C...

The two 'national questions' we must answer

The two 'national questions' we must answer

It is only in reading the 1921 Dáil Treaty debates that it becomes clear how similar Michael Collins’s position was to the one Theresa May is in today.