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FISCAL PRUDENCE IS ESSENTIAL IN BUDGET 2019

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE IRISH EXAMINER SEPT 14th 2018 A few weeks back I argued in this piece and elsewhere that the Minister for Finance should adopt a very cautious approach to Budget 2019. I suggested that injecting fiscal stimulus into an economy that is growing quite strongly would not be sensible and that […]

OCTOBER BUDGET MUST BE SHAPED BY EXTERNAL RISKS, NOT LOCAL NEEDS

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE IRISH EXAMINER SEPT 21st 2019 With less than three weeks to go to the delivery of Budget 2019, the pressure on the Minister for Finance is intensifying on many different fronts. At the annual ploughing event this week, considerable dissatisfaction was expressed about the plight of farmers and many of […]

IRISH HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS DESERVE SUPPORT

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN IRISH EXAMINER 10th AUGUST 2018 While the Irish economy is performing very strongly on the surface, it is clear on closer examination that the country does have a significant concentration risk. Last week the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) highlighted this fact in a very vivid manner. The NCC expressed concerns that […]

THE CASE FOR PEGGING THE VAT HOSPITALITY RATE AT 9%

This Article appeared in the Irish Examiner, 3rd August 2018 If the success of a government is to be gauged by what is happening on the labour market, then the current government and its immediate predecessor should be judged as successful. The economy is now on the verge of the highest level of employment ever […]

COMPETITIVENESS IS KEY TO SUCCESS

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE IRISH EXAMINER JULY 27th 2018 As the evolution of the Brexit process lurches from one crisis to the next, we have been reminded again over recent days just how vulnerable sterling is to the vagaries of the whole ludicrous process. Since the middle of June, the UK currency has weakened […]