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
Stephen Kinsella on the convoluted history of the National Broadband Plan
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 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.
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...