How to bridge the growing wealth gap

Non-fiction: The Great Divide. By Joseph E Stiglitz. Allen Lane, €34. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.

9th May, 2015
Almost 95 per cent of all income gains since 2009 have gone to the top 1 per cent. Picture: Getty

At the height of the Celtic Tiger in 2004, Minister for Justice and future tánaiste Michael McDowell caused political outrage by declaring that nobody should worry about the gap between Ireland’s rich and poor. “A dynamic liberal economy like ours demands flexibility and inequality in some respects to function,” he said in an interview with the Irish Catholic. “It is the inequality that provides incentives.”

Today, McDowell’s argument...

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