Paul Sweeney: Openness and transparency is all the rage…. in theory. But on some places it is being practiced. Under the new administration in the US, Obama says he wants open government. To prove it, he has put up his own tax return for last year when he earned $2.6m. And the Vice President's too. Can you imaging Brian Cowen or Bertie Ahern putting up their tax returns for public scrutiny in Ireland? Or the late Charles J Haughey’s would make great reading too… even now!
Paul Sweeney is former Chief Economist of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. He is a member of the Economic Committee of the ETUC and chair of TASC’s Economists’ Network. He was a President of the Statistical and Social Enquiry Society of Ireland, a member of the National Competitiveness Council of Ireland, the National Statistics Board, the ESB, TUAC, (advisor to OECD) and several other bodies. He has written three books on the Irish economy and two on public enterprise, including The Celtic Tiger; Ireland’s Economic Miracle Explained and Selling Out: Privatisation in Ireland, chapters in other books and many articles on economics.