Stephen Kinsella

Stephen Kinsella

Articles by Stephen Kinsella

Breaking out of the ‘tragedy/process/recommendation’ loop

Breaking out of the ‘tragedy/process/recommendation’ loop

Changing the crisis pattern we use, from ad hoc report/inquiry/tribunal to well-resourced agencies with investigative powers, is the only way to go. The lack of accountability undermines public trust in the institutions of the state

Ireland and the new world order

Ireland and the new world order

Ireland is a winner when it comes to globalisation. But things are changing. The lesson of history is that ideas matter; that institutions matter. We are not spending nearly enough time discussing either

The state is talking out of both sides of its mouth

The state is talking out of both sides of its mouth

A public sector management that is insulated from the negative effects of its decisions will get worse, not better

Stephen Kinsella: The squeezed middle are not as squeezed as we might think

Stephen Kinsella: The squeezed middle are not as squeezed as we might think

But they do need the cash to save to alleviate the service bottlenecks they face now. What needs to change is the infrastructural provisions around health, education and housing

Stephen Kinsella on teachers’ pay

Stephen Kinsella on teachers’ pay

Teachers’ conferences are largely about pay, not meaningful reform

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Why can’t we have an entrepreneurial state for domestic Irish companies? We’re not a poor country any more. We can do a lot of the innovating ourselves, as the four smart chaps in Intercom show us is possible.

Stephen Kinsella on economics

Stephen Kinsella on economics

The travails of Facebook and Trump have highlighted the fact that Ireland needs a new industrial model

Stephen Kinsella on Trade Wars

Stephen Kinsella on Trade Wars

Tariffs are idiotic. Almost everyone loses. Trump’s dismal economics will hurt everyone but US steel manufacturers and himself, and see friends of the US coming cap in hand to Washington for exemptions

Stephen Kinsella on tax avoidance

Stephen Kinsella on tax avoidance

Paschal Donohoe admonished Irish tax planners last week, telling them he wants Ireland to compete ‘from a position of legitimacy’

Relying on the kindness of vultures

Relying on the kindness of vultures

Morally it is wrong to outsource your problems. The human damage the vultures will cause is the direct consequence of a series of policy decisions. Some homes do need to be foreclosed upon, others worked out. The domestic policy system could do this, but has decided it won’t. This is why policy matters

Stephen Kinsella: Ireland’s rental timebomb

Stephen Kinsella: Ireland’s rental timebomb

Caps on rent are not working, home loans are being offloaded to vulture funds, and the government’s slow response to structural changes in Irish society will be interpreted as doing nothing

The big correction: Kinsella on economics

The big correction: Kinsella on economics

It wasn’t actually the end of the world on the markets last week. Some wealthy people lost some pseudo-wealth. That’s all

Stephen Kinsella on Ireland’s generation game

Stephen Kinsella on Ireland’s generation game

Handwringing on the housing crisis is hypocrisy if you rush to object to every development that might hit the value of your own home

Internet and tech giants think tax is only for the little people

Internet and tech giants think tax is only for the little people

From Apple’s Orwellian doublespeak to Google’s continued use of the ‘double Irish’, it’s clear that corporations see being taxed as beneath them

Stephen Kinsella: Apparently, we have never been wealthier. So why are most people not feeling it?

Stephen Kinsella: Apparently, we have never been wealthier. So why are most people not feeling it?

In truth, we do not live in the best of times. Nor do we live in the worst of times. We know the current risks to our economy and we can manage them – and prepare ourselves for the next crisis