Stephen Kinsella

Stephen Kinsella

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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

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Turkey’s economy got out of control because politicians, desperate to hold onto power, used the levers of power to purchase an electoral victory, and the economy overheated from an excess of credit. We know exactly what that feels like.

How multinationals conquered Ireland

How multinationals conquered Ireland

The government has now received two serious warnings about the state’s reliance on a small number of US heavyweights. Are we a victim of our own success?

Kinsella on broadband

Kinsella on broadband

The state will end up carrying the can to roll out broadband to the furthest parts of the country. We must remember what the new public management scholars taught us to forget. The state is the only one who can do it, so the state should be the only one to do it

Stephen Kinsella on Banking culture

Stephen Kinsella on Banking culture

No doubt there are more scandals to come, largely consequence-free for the individuals found culpable. Banks, put simply, are crisis-generating institutions. No bank has been scandal-free. Trackers? They knew what they were doing. They did it anyway.

Kinsella on Brexit

Kinsella on Brexit

Brexit is bad for everyone. Even the Brexiteers. They know this. They don’t care. Ireland needs to become an intolerant minority within the EU. We need to start saying to everyone it’s not grand. It’s far from grand. And without a backstop, we are goosed

Where will workers be when the world changes?

Where will workers be when the world changes?

Unions must reinvent themselves in order to respond to the current technological, financial, and global revolutions

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

However water is paid for, and whoever delivers it, the future isn’t only to be found in domestic water metering, but in the efficient conservation of water through taxing businesses and investing in water planning.

What does a trade war mean for Ireland?

What does a trade war mean for Ireland?

US president Donald Trump has a new campaign slogan, ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept’, as well as new tariffs on imports from China, and possibly the EU. With the highest debt per capita in the EU, the new US policy could pose a big risk to our economy

The Summer Economic Statement charts a course for Ireland from now until 2022. But will it help increase wages, or make housing more affordable? Is it a plan, or a wishlist?

The Summer Economic Statement charts a course for Ireland from now until 2022. But will it help increase wages, or make housing more affordable? Is it a plan, or a wishlist?

Making a statement is easy, but taking action on the economy is much harder. What is needed is clarity, focus - and a measure of equanimity

Stephen Kinsella on Ireland’s Taxing problems

Stephen Kinsella on Ireland’s Taxing problems

Let’s be straight about corporation tax. We have a policy problem. You can see it. The problem is how to unwind decades of established policy without decimating our industrial base, our high-value employment and our public finances. The first step is admitting our problem. We’ll get there.

The economy isn’t overheating right now. But we do need to put additional resources into capital spending and construction

The economy isn’t overheating right now. But we do need to put additional resources into capital spending and construction

Stephen Kinsella argues that Ireland can take a boom in construction to avoid a bust everywhere else

Victims of a growing economic divide

Victims of a growing economic divide

The landslide vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment was delivered by a mobilised youth. But this very generation, authors of such radical social change, are the victims of a growing economic divide between young and old