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Fiscal Rules Reform

Robert Sweeney 17/11/2022

On Wednesday last week, the European Commission published a communication on the future trajectory of the Fiscal Rules, which have been suspended since Covid. The Fiscal Rules are probably the most important aspect of EU economic governance, and are of upmost consequence for the ability of member states to leverage public investment to meet …



Rise in inflation should not last

Paul Sweeney 13/01/2022

A year ago here on Progressive Economy, I asked if inflation was about to take off. Regrettably it has. The Irish Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose to …

Kickstarting the Economy

Robert Sweeney 01/07/2020

It is no exaggeration to say that the challenges facing the new government are both unprecedented and among the largest in the history of state. As …

The Entrepreneurial Irish State

Paul Sweeney 31/01/2019

Perhaps the most sucessful example of the entrepreneurial state in Ireland is IDA Ireland. It is a state agency which has been incredibley successful …

Now inevitable that public money will be wasted on rural broadband

Donal Palcic, Eoin Reeves 29/11/2018

The decision to continue with the procurement of the national broadband plan (NBP) is not a surprise as the main findings of the review by Peter …

Ireland needs to upset the Apple cart on corporate tax

David Jacobson 26/10/2018

Ireland has been subject to a great deal of international criticism about its corporate tax regime. While Irish people might feel defensive about …

ESB should build broadband network in co-operation with other State utilities

Donal Palcic, Eoin Reeves 19/10/2018

Last week’s controversial resignation of minister Denis Naughten is generally believed to have thrown the National Broadband Plan (NBP) into …

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