Stephen Kinsella

Stephen Kinsella

Articles by Stephen Kinsella

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

An old challenge for a new generation

An old challenge for a new generation

Nearly 70 years after Ireland opened its economy to the world, countries like the UAE are following suit

Breaking out of the ‘tragedy/process/recommendation’ loop

Breaking out of the ‘tragedy/process/recommendation’ loop

Changing the crisis pattern we use, from ad hoc report/inquiry/tribunal to well-resourced agencies with investigative powers, is the only way to go. The lack of accountability undermines public trust in the institutions of the state

Ireland and the new world order

Ireland and the new world order

Ireland is a winner when it comes to globalisation. But things are changing. The lesson of history is that ideas matter; that institutions matter. We are not spending nearly enough time discussing either

The state is talking out of both sides of its mouth

The state is talking out of both sides of its mouth

A public sector management that is insulated from the negative effects of its decisions will get worse, not better

Stephen Kinsella: The squeezed middle are not as squeezed as we might think

Stephen Kinsella: The squeezed middle are not as squeezed as we might think

But they do need the cash to save to alleviate the service bottlenecks they face now. What needs to change is the infrastructural provisions around health, education and housing

Stephen Kinsella on teachers’ pay

Stephen Kinsella on teachers’ pay

Teachers’ conferences are largely about pay, not meaningful reform

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Why can’t we have an entrepreneurial state for domestic Irish companies? We’re not a poor country any more. We can do a lot of the innovating ourselves, as the four smart chaps in Intercom show us is possible.

Stephen Kinsella on economics

Stephen Kinsella on economics

The travails of Facebook and Trump have highlighted the fact that Ireland needs a new industrial model