Stephen Kinsella

Stephen Kinsella

Articles by Stephen Kinsella

20 years of the euro

20 years of the euro

Born of the much-maligned Maastricht Treaty, the single currency is the end result of two different schools of European economic thought being fused together with some very fuzzy language

What the state is doing right: part four

What the state is doing right: part four

Today, I want to finish my series on what the state gets right by looking at the state’s response to Brexit since 2015. Yes, you read that correctly: 2015. I also want to reflect on what the state is doing to get us ready for the future.

What the state is doing right: part three

What the state is doing right: part three

From running our libraries to helping vulnerable children, to buying things in a smart way, to using technology to get us new passports and new services, to helping guide policy, the state is doing more for us than any of us know.

No time for triumphalism

No time for triumphalism

With the border backstop safely secured, Ireland’s next move must be to help Britain through the cataclysm of Brexit and resist the temptation to kick it when it’s down

What the state is doing right: Part two

What the state is doing right: Part two

You’ll hear all about it when health organisations get something wrong, as you should. They are dealing with vulnerable people and should always aim to improve. But will you hear about it when they get things right, and make things better for people?

What the state is doing right: Part one

What the state is doing right: Part one

There are many, many reasons to hold the state to account for its failings. But for once, let’s not do that. Let’s look carefully at the parts of the state quietly working to make life better for everybody. We take the state, and the people who make it work, for granted too often

Stephen Kinsella on Brexit

Stephen Kinsella on Brexit

There are not enough people, no systems, no actual borders set up to deal with Brexit. And 85 per cent of the time given to sort this out has already passed. As my mother repeatedly told me while I was cramming for exams, you can’t fatten the pig the night before the fair

The extent to which many English people are ignorant about Ireland has become clear. An interview Tánaiste Simon Coveney gave to the BBC’s John Humphrys was a case in point. 

The extent to which many English people are ignorant about Ireland has become clear. An interview Tánaiste Simon Coveney gave to the BBC’s John Humphrys was a case in point. 

The irony of a border in the Irish sea carving the North from the rest of Britain for customs purposes as the main outcome of a process to take back control of borders is lost on no one.

Budget 2019 has been and gone. What did it all mean?

Budget 2019 has been and gone. What did it all mean?

When it comes to the budget of a nation, to understand what’s going on, don’t look at the headlines. Don’t even look at the text. Look at overarching messages, then the tables, the figures and, most importantly, the footnotes

Budget 2019: Political theatre and policy instrument

Budget 2019: Political theatre and policy instrument

The budget as political theatre implies some hikes in current spending for pensions and other areas, while increasing taxes on hospitality and the usual cigarettes and alcohol

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Why should US or Indian or Chinese monetary policy concern Ireland? So much of what we call ‘industrial policy’ here is really policy for US-based multinationals. Changes to the banking system in the US, and more importantly business conditions there, can signal either good or bad times for us.

Home economics: 'Ownership is everything'

Home economics: 'Ownership is everything'

Housing policy is always political, but it has created a deeply politicised group of people in the have-nots. These people are typically younger and poorer. They are sometimes called ‘millennials’, but I like to think of them as people who are nearly 40

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

There have never been more workers, and they have never paid more in tax than today. Household disposable incomes are higher now than they were during the boom, and there are proportionately fewer children as a percentage of the population to look after. Why, then, is there a child poverty problem in this country?

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Ideas matter. Memory matters. Without memory, the quality of our thinking deteriorates. We need to remember why the centre matters, how it has lifted living standards across every continent. Paschal Donohoe gave a speech last week arguing for a re-defined centre: socially engaged and based on action

Stephen Kinsella on the housing market

Stephen Kinsella on the housing market

The system we have set up is driving the negative outcomes we are seeing, where The Economist calculates house prices are 25 per cent overvalued, 10,000 people are homeless, and we can expect another boom/bust cycle in property to come