Stephen Kinsella

Stephen Kinsella

Articles by Stephen Kinsella

Spring Statement: This balancing act deserves applause

Spring Statement: This balancing act deserves applause

Sure, there was a degree of backslapping, but the spring statement by Noonan and Howlin was impressive in a number of ways

For Ireland, it’s a tax strategy or bust

For Ireland, it’s a tax strategy or bust

We have gone bust three times since independence, each time largely because of the composition of our tax structure

Main event promises more than stunts and soundbites

Main event promises more than stunts and soundbites

As the banking inquiry prepares to question the big players, political grandstanding is the last thing we need

Europe: the crisis is over

Europe: the crisis is over

The economic threat has abated. But Germany may run out of patience with Greece

No return to backroom deals

No return to backroom deals

Why do you pay your taxes? One school of thought says you pay through gritted teeth b...

Dullards reign in a new world

Dullards reign in a new world

Nothing is normal any more as central banks intervene in markets in a big way around the globe

The political perils of good economics

The political perils of good economics

Ruairi Quinn was Ireland’s best ever finance minister. And nobody wants to emulate him

Let’s not return to social partnership

Let’s not return to social partnership

We couldn’t afford social partnership during the boom – we certainly can’t now

Politicians show why they shouldn’t own an airline

Politicians show why they shouldn’t own an airline

Stephen Kinsella: Electoral considerations are fouling the air around the IAG bid for Aer Lingus. The real story is commercial self-interest bashing off political self-interest

Iceland’s way or Ireland’s way?

Iceland’s way or Ireland’s way?

Iceland has sent four former bankers to prison, but the Revenue Commissioners here, as in Britain, do not intend to pursue criminal tax avoiders in the HSBC scandal

Only ending austerity will help Greece

Only ending austerity will help Greece

The country has done enough and suffered enough: Europe must now help its economy to grow

It was the most dramatic move in ECB history: a 13-figure gamble...

It was the most dramatic move in ECB history: a 13-figure gamble...

We will have healthier sovereign banks and healthier corporates. Households won’t feel the QE love, but you can't have everything

Swiss roll the dice on economic future

Swiss roll the dice on economic future

Currency trading is not for the faint hearted even at the best of times. At the end of last week,...

Swiss roll the dice on economic future

Swiss roll the dice on economic future

The sudden move by the Swiss central bank caused panic on currency markets last week. It also damaged the bank’s credibility and is likely to hurt the economy it’s trying to protect

Draghi finally gets ready to prime the European pump with QE  fuel

Draghi finally gets ready to prime the European pump with QE fuel

Stephen Kinsella What form will Europe’s QE take, and how will it work? Will the average taxpayer feel its benefits? Could it even go down the radical road of central banks putting money directly into people’s pockets?