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HOW MUCH LONG-TERM DAMAGE WILL BE DONE TO REPUTATION OF UK?

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN IRISH EXAMINER FEB 22nd 2019 As the Irish Government puts together legislation to deal with the potential fallout from a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the situation in the UK becomes more farcical by the day. Donald Tusk made a fair point a few weeks back when he queried as to what part […]

WAGE PRESSURES TO BUILD AS HARD BREXIT RISKS WANE

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN IRISH EXAMINER MARCH 1st 2019 After another eventful week in the UK it now appears possible that we are moving gradually towards some semblance of a soft deal on the Brexit front, or at least the prospect of a cliff-edge Brexit is possibly waning. March 13th will be a big day […]

AN ASSESSMENT OF THE ONLINE GAMBLING MARKET IN IRELAND AND ITS IMPACT ON GOOD CAUSES FUNDING BY THE NATIONAL LOTTERY

I recently completed a report on the online gambling market in Ireland to investigate claims by PLI that online gambling companies pose a threat to the funding of good causes by the National Lottery. PLI has described those companies as ‘parasites that should not be allowed offer odds on the lottery numbers. For a full […]

TIME TO REALLY BREXIT-PROOF IRELAND BY MAINTAINING 9% VAT RATE

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE IRISH EXAMINER OCT 5th 2018 On Tuesday next the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will present his third and very possibly the last budget of the current administration. He has been lucky in the sense that the budgets over which he has presided have been prepared against a positive domestic […]

INSTITUTIONAL FAILURES ARE RIFE

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN IRISH EXAMINER OCTOBER 26th 2018 In the overall scheme of things, Ireland is a tiny country with a population of just 4.7 million people, albeit a population that is rising strongly. As a country we do many things well, such as attracting foreign direct investment, providing a decent enough education to […]

GLOBAL POLITICS BECOMING QUITE DANGEROUS

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE IRISH EXAMINER NOV 2nd 2018 As usual Ireland’s presidential election was a fractious affair, which demonstrates just how worked up and vitriolic people can become in relation to an issue that is of trivial significance at best. The only memorable part of the election and its aftermath was initially the […]