Category: Fiscal policy


Budget 2012 - Choices

Tom McDonnell 28/11/2011

Tom McDonnell: According to Eurostat, Ireland will have the lowest rate of gross fixed capital formation in the EU next year (see pages 68-69 of the …

Is the government hiding more austerity?

Michael Taft 16/11/2011

Michael Taft: The Government may be hiding up to €800 in austerity measures in their recent Medium-Term Fiscal Statement (MTFS). I use the term …

MTFS (III) - Sensitivity of government finances

Michael Burke 14/11/2011

Michael Burke: Having criticised the government’s talk of improvement in government finances and the economy on the basis of the MTFS forecasts, …

MTFS (II) - It's official, there is no recovery

Michael Burke 11/11/2011

Michael Burke: The government is focused on deficit-reduction. But it is failing to reduce the deficit. There is an extraordinary discrepancy between …

MTFS (I) - Things are getting worse, not better.

Michael Burke 10/11/2011

Michael Burke: The forecasts for both the deficit and for the debt level have worsened since April. The government’s Medium Term Fiscal Statement …

Turning phrases in the face of reality

Michael Taft 07/11/2011

Michael Taft: So we have more austerity and less growth, more debt and less jobs, more spending cuts and less investment – welcome to the …

Spinning our tax wheels

Michael Taft 03/11/2011

Michael Taft: The Exchequer statement out yesterday shows tax revenue falling short of target. The headline rate shows tax revenue at end October …

Abandon hope all ye who enter here

Tom McDonnell 19/10/2011

Tom McDonnell: Martin Wolf has an excellent and honest appraisal of the chances of the Euro crisis being successfully resolved in a way that is …

Public = Bad, Private = Good

Donal Palcic 06/10/2011

Donal Palcic: I couldn’t let this one go. Marie O’Halloran in the Irish Times reports on Michael Noonan’s defence of the planned sale of state …

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