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Can we learn from the US? DARPA - Public Entrepreneurship in practice?

Paul Sweeney 10/04/2018

We Europeans generally feel superior to Americans, particularly on policies in healthcare, welfare, and the organisation of society. But perhaps there are some aspects of public policy – industrial policy - where we might learn from the US.   The US is the world leader in information, communications and technology. The biggest firms are …



Transparency Will be Key to Delivering the National Investment Plan

Eoin Reeves 28/02/2018

The new national development plan Project Ireland 2040 could very well be a game changer in terms of Ireland’s future economic prospects.  …

Time for Ireland to Act Honourably on Corporation Tax

Proinnsias Breathnach 22/02/2018

This is a reproduction of an article published previously on the Ireland After NAMA blog site.   The recent World Economic Forum at Davos brought …

Two Government Plans

Paul Sweeney 16/02/2018

The publication of two major government plans on investment, the NDP and the National Planning Framework was welcome. It is commendable that both …

Many Lessons from the Carrillion Collapse

Paul Sweeney 23/01/2018

Many Lessons from the Carrillion Collapse.  The collapse of the huge construction and outsourcing company, Carrillion, in Britain, has many lessons …

Varadkar turns out to be a surprising believer in State enterprise

Paul Sweeney 01/01/2018

Looking back over the year, an interesting speech by the Taoiseach, which got lost in the confusion around Brexit, deserves attention for three …

The Spectre Haunting Europe

Michael Taft 01/12/2017

There is a spectre haunting Europe – the spectre of de-privatisation, re-municipalisation, and re-nationalisation.   Local, regional and national …

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Paul Sweeney

Paul Sweeney is former Chief Economist of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.  He is a …

Rory Hearne

Rory Hearne is a postdoctoral researcher in the Maynooth University Social Sciences …

James Stewart

Dr James Stewart is Adjunct Associate Professor at Trinity College Dublin. His research …