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Stephen Kinsella: Ireland’s rental timebomb

Stephen Kinsella: Ireland’s rental timebomb

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

Internet and tech giants think tax is only for the little people

Internet and tech giants think tax is only for the little people

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

Stephen Kinsella: Apparently, we have never been wealthier. So why are most people not feeling it?

Stephen Kinsella: Apparently, we have never been wealthier. So why are most people not feeling it?

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

Will 2018 be the year of combobulation?

Will 2018 be the year of combobulation?

The past two years were defined by huge political and economic shocks. But 2018 will tell us much more about their actual implications and consequences

Ireland’s classic problem

Ireland’s classic problem

There is nothing more Procrustean than our approach to housing, where a situation is being tailored to fit an arbitrary standard

Four challenges facing Lane’s Central Bank

Four challenges facing Lane’s Central Bank

Stephen Kinsella takes a look at some issues likely to arise in the near future

Paradise Papers: The morality argument is futile

Paradise Papers: The morality argument is futile

Research by Berkeley economist Gabriel Zucman shows more than 10 per cent of all global wealth is now held in tax havens

Stephen Kinsella On Childcare

Stephen Kinsella On Childcare

The reason many young families are broke is our broken childcare model. Good policies can fix that

A slow, boring grind to a changed Ireland in 2021

A slow, boring grind to a changed Ireland in 2021

Get used to budgets without a big bang: they are part of a process that serves to benefit us all

Stephen Kinsella On Property Tax

Stephen Kinsella On Property Tax

The push for property price increases is polluting the housing system. Can we fix it? Yes, by a proper use of the property tax

Stephen Kinsella: A 'nearly frictionless' border is Brexiteer fiction

Stephen Kinsella: A 'nearly frictionless' border is Brexiteer fiction

Crossing the ‘soft’ US/Canada border takes ten to 30 minutes. A frictionless border is the result of magical thinking by Brexiteers

You solve the pay gap by changing the system

You solve the pay gap by changing the system

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.

Stephen Kinsella: How will the gig economy system evolve?

Stephen Kinsella: How will the gig economy system evolve?

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

Stephen Kinsella: What Varadkar should do with his 'hidden fiscal space'

Stephen Kinsella: What Varadkar should do with his 'hidden fiscal space'

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.

Stephen Kinsella: We are living through a battle of generations

Stephen Kinsella: We are living through a battle of generations

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?