Caps on rent are not working, home loans are being offloaded to vulture funds, and the government’s slow response to structural changes in Irish society will be interpreted as doing nothing
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From Apple’s Orwellian doublespeak to Google’s continued use of the ‘double Irish’, it’s clear that corporations see being taxed as beneath them
In truth, we do not live in the best of times. Nor do we live in the worst of times. We know the current risks to our economy and we can manage them – and prepare ourselves for the next crisis
Crossing the ‘soft’ US/Canada border takes ten to 30 minutes. A frictionless border is the result of magical thinking by Brexiteers
You don’t solve the gender issue with courses, exhorting women to ‘lean in’, or with more and more education. More women leaders will help. Transparency in pay will help, and this applies to the private sector also. You solve it by changing the system itself.
There’s not much debate about the future of work here in Ireland yet, but as the gig economy expands, expect to see much more discussion. Whether these workers will get to own a home or not will depend on how the system evolves
The Taoiseach suggested there was not just the €400-500 million of fiscal space we had expected, but ‘hidden fiscal space’. I am not sure what hidden fiscal space is, but if it exists, it needs to be spent on capital projects. Full stop.
One generation needs house prices to be low, the other needs them to be high. One votes, the other does not. Who do you think will be listened to?