Stephen Kinsella

Stephen Kinsella

Articles by Stephen Kinsella

'Britain hasn’t a clue what it is doing'

'Britain hasn’t a clue what it is doing'

British civil servants are making it up and peppering soundbites and position papers with weasel words. What has happened to the people who once ran an empire?

'Ireland is one of the richest countries on earth - but we have had a lost decade'

'Ireland is one of the richest countries on earth - but we have had a lost decade'

The figures show we’ve got one of the fastest growing economies in the world, yet we let down our elderly and homeless children

You solve the pay gap by changing the system

You solve the pay gap by changing the system

You don’t solve the gender issue with courses, exhorting women to ‘lean in’, or with more and more education. More women leaders will help. Transparency in pay will help, and this applies to the private sector also. You solve it by changing the system itself.

Stephen Kinsella: What explains the gender pay gap?

Stephen Kinsella: What explains the gender pay gap?

'It’s not discrete elements of the system we can improve, It’s the structure of the system itself'

Stephen Kinsella: How will the gig economy system evolve?

Stephen Kinsella: How will the gig economy system evolve?

There’s not much debate about the future of work here in Ireland yet, but as the gig economy expands, expect to see much more discussion. Whether these workers will get to own a home or not will depend on how the system evolves

Stephen Kinsella: The Magic Numbers

Stephen Kinsella: The Magic Numbers

The reality of the Summer Economic Statement is this: there is very little available to spend on anything

Stephen Kinsella: What Varadkar should do with his 'hidden fiscal space'

Stephen Kinsella: What Varadkar should do with his 'hidden fiscal space'

The Taoiseach suggested there was not just the €400-500 million of fiscal space we had expected, but ‘hidden fiscal space’. I am not sure what hidden fiscal space is, but if it exists, it needs to be spent on capital projects. Full stop.

Stephen Kinsella: We are living through a battle of generations

Stephen Kinsella: We are living through a battle of generations

One generation needs house prices to be low, the other needs them to be high. One votes, the other does not. Who do you think will be listened to?

Key issues for government that will determine the success of new politics 2.0

Key issues for government that will determine the success of new politics 2.0

An administration strong on function and less reliant on commissions might actually manage to fix the crises in health, housing and education

Public sector pay: legislating for posterity

Public sector pay: legislating for posterity

By the end of 2020, almost 90 per cent of all workers in the public sector will have had their 2008 levels of pay restored

Stephen Kinsella: DUP are hard-liners on almost every issue of interest to either the Republic or the North

Stephen Kinsella: DUP are hard-liners on almost every issue of interest to either the Republic or the North

The government they support may not show the necessary care towards their neighbours in the South. We are now in serious trouble. And then you have Brexit . . .

Stephen Kinsella: A letter to Leo Varadkar

Stephen Kinsella: A letter to Leo Varadkar

Defining Ireland’s relationship with the world is your problem now, Leo, and you will need to manage the Irish economy through a period of de-globalisation

Stephen Kinsella: Coveney and Varadkar suffer from plan-itis

Stephen Kinsella: Coveney and Varadkar suffer from plan-itis

There are lots of review bodies, working groups and commissions. But Ireland doesn’t need any more plans – if we found a way to build houses out of old plans, we’d have the problem sorted already’

Noonan bows out: Stephen Kinsella on Noonanomics

Noonan bows out: Stephen Kinsella on Noonanomics

Noonanomics was a cautious combination of carefully judged sectoral policies that the Limerick TD’s stature helped to make possible

Stephen Kinsella: All workers deserve public sector conditions

Stephen Kinsella: All workers deserve public sector conditions

Private sector workers have a right to be enraged when a public sector worker, just by dint of a job choice, enjoys a stream of lifetime benefits