Charities do good work, but given the sensitive work they do, and the funding they receive, as organisations they deserve our scrutiny
The EU has shown extraordinary patience, and we’re lucky to be part of this club
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.
Jobs, jobs, jobs. But what kinds of jobs? Ireland is at, or near, the top of an economic cycle. C...
People need jobs, certainty and a settlement which allows them to prosper. But despite more than two years spent negotiating with the EU, a deal seems further away than ever
Despite having a younger population than most high-income countries, we spend far more per person on health than the OECD average. And our health system is still a mess. We need to start looking hard at where exactly the money is going, or costs will just keep rising
The second policy response to fast-paced changes in the nature of work and its attendant rise in earnings inequality is to set up a universal basic income programme. This is money everyone gets transferred into their bank account every month, regardless of their age or income level. Think of it as child benefit, but for everyone.
We’re getting close to the stage where the fate of our country could end up being decided by a set of Dungeons and Dragons dice. This explains the EU’s seeming intransigence over its negotiated position, and May’s robotic talking points in parliament last Wednesday. Neither party can deviate very far from the edge of the cliff, because to do so would be ridiculous
Blame it on a post-colonial fantasy, but there’s nothing imaginary about the damage Brexit will do to Britain, and to us
Firms all over Dublin administer parts of the global shadow banking system, but it is the Irish Central Bank which has built up the first fully formed picture of this world. Others now need to share what they know about this intriguing arm of the financial system