Growth Picture Getting Better

  This article appeared in the Examiner July 4th 2014 Following the disastrous election results in May, the Government is now under considerable pressure with less than two years to go to a general election. The most immediate issue to be faced up to is the budget this October and whether an adjustment of €2 […]

Like it or not, the budget debate is on. Let’s start by getting the sums right.

  This article appeared Sunday Business Post July 6th 2014 We are now moving into the depths of the summer silly season, with our political classes either heading off to vent at the various summer schools and/or heading off on their summer holidays. The imminent cabinet re-shuffle and the banking enquiry will probably be the […]

Many Economic Trends Inconsistent with Political Dissatisfaction

This article appeared in Sunday Business Post on 3rd July 2014 This week a new leader of the Labour Party will be elected and next week a re-shuffle of the Cabinet will be announced. These two developments spring from the disastrous election results for the government parties in the two May elections and the ongoing […]

Some Upside to Rising House Prices

Sunday Indo June 2014 by Jim Power It has traditionally been the case in Ireland that the first thing most of us want to do once we go into paid employment is to buy our own house and spend the next 25 or 30 years paying back the mortgage. Such behaviour might seem irrational in […]

The Complexity of the Fiscal Options

SBP June 19th by Jim Power Earlier this week the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC) published its latest Fiscal Assessment Report. This body was set up as an independent assessor of Irish fiscal management on the back of Ireland’s bailout conditions. The theory is that having an independent overseer of how Government conducts policy in […]

Department of Health Really is Angolan in its Nature

Examiner June 20th 2014 by Jim Power It should come as no surprise to anybody to learn that politics is a very cruel and callous business. This week the Minister for Health, James Reilly was forced to reverse course on the medical card issue. The proposal to issue medical cards on the basis of medical […]