Aidan Regan: Now is the time to rethink the state’s role in our economy
Easier access to borrowing on bond markets, a lower than expected budget deficit and rising property prices offer opportunities to expand universal public services and reshape Ireland Inc
There were three events last week that revealed a lot about the nature of the Irish economy, the politics of public financing, and the future of electoral conflict. They set the stage for a discursive battle over what economic ideas inform public policy, and how the public finances should be used for the next few years.
First, the Irish state raised more than €5.5 billion by issuing 10-year bonds at fixed negative real interest rates...
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High stakes for Ireland as OECD seeks corporation tax reform
Paschal Donohoe published a complex document last week arguing that this country is not an ’anything goes’ tax haven. But will it have the desired effect?
Comment: The time is right for an all-island trade strategy
Such a move would be attractive to many investors who want a headquarters in Dublin and lower production costs outside the capital, and would bring economic benefits both North and South
Ian Guider: We have the money but where is the plan to get back to work?
The state does not need to be concerned about the deficit for now but it does need to worry about businesses and jobs
Ian Guider: Amid the gloom, there are still reasons to be of good cheer
At the end of a wretched year, there are a number of signs indicating that Ireland can weather the economic storm