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ITALY’S HUGE DEBT PUZZLE

This article appeared in Irish Examiner 1st June 2018 Following the momentous global political dislocation in 2016 that resulted in the election of Donald Trump and the UK vote to leave the EU, there was a lot of concern about the European political calendar coming into 2017. Elections were upcoming in the Netherlands, France, and […]

POLITICAL RISK FACTORS STARTING TO BE HIGHLIGHTED

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN IRISH EXAMINER MARCH 20th 2015 The exodus of Irish government ministers overseas for St Patrick’s Day has attracted the usual criticism from expected quarters. I saw one suggestion on social media that our Ministers are overseas enjoying themselves, spending our money. Figures have been bandied about in relation to how much […]

ECB ROTATION SYSTEM OF NO REAL RELEVANCE TO IRELAND

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN SUNDAY BUSINESS POST ONLINE AUGUST 14th 2014 The lack of understanding of some people regarding the implications of the decision we made to join the euro back in 1999 continues to astound. There was never any real understanding, amongst the political elites at least, about the implications for a very small […]

TAX CUTS IN BUDGET 2015 WOULD BE PRE-MATURE

  THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE IRISH EXAMINER AUGUST 8th 2014 In relative terms, the Government is being inundated with good news on the economic and financial front at the moment. Most economic indicators in recent months have been moving in the right direction, and the news from the two main banks for the first […]

THE IMPORTANCE OF FDI CANNOT BE OVER-ESTIMATED

This Article appeared in the Irish Examiner August 1st 2014 The key to Ireland’s future is to build a sustainable diversified economic model, and not end up putting most of our eggs in one basket, as we did in the not too distant past. Sectors such as agri-food, tourism, fisheries, indigenous medical devises and IT […]

ECONOMIC TEALEAFS GETTING BETTER

This article appeared in the Sunday Business Post August 3rd 2014 In recent days somebody whose views I deeply respect suggested to me that official data releases and general popular discourse are not fully capturing and reflecting the magnitude of the real upturn in the fortunes of the economy. This view resonates with my sense […]