Category: Politics


Paper by Niamh Hardiman - Impact of the Crisis on the Irish Political System

Slí Eile 29/11/2009

Slí Eile: The paper by Niamh Hardiman last Thursday has been widely acclaimed as a signficant contribution to the debate on political economy. You …

4th Principle: Defend public services in health, education, welfare and housing

Slí Eile 26/11/2009

Slí Eile: In recent previous blogs I have suggested a number of high-level Principles to inform a progressive alternative to the current TINA. Here …

The hall of mirrors

Michael Taft 24/11/2009

Michael Taft: A number of commentators have referred to the fact that Irish public expenditure is ‘rising faster’ than almost any other European …

Rebuilding Trust: Priority Number One

Slí Eile 18/11/2009

Slí Eile: There is an urgent and unavoidable need to generate hope at this time. In a previous blog here, there is a series of principles which need …

Buses are not widgets

James Wickham 17/11/2009

James Wickham: In a recent article in the Irish Times (29/10/2009) Sean Barrett criticised the new Public Transport Regulation Bill. He claimed it …

Public Sector Pay - new data insights

Slí Eile 14/11/2009

Slí Eile: In a recent paper to the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, Statisticians at the CSO have presented further analysis of …

Recovery is not reform

01/11/2009

Recovery is not reform. The government’s intended path to recovery is a mixture of borrowing, pay cuts, and spending cuts. All recovery plans treat …

Lost in the forest

Michael Taft 26/10/2009

Michael Taft: Some people can’t see the forest for the trees. And some people can’t see either the forest or the trees. They just can’t see. …

How much does the State spend as a percentage of GDP?

Slí Eile 20/10/2009

Slí Eile: Earlier this month, at a conference of the National Economic and Social Council, Joseph Stiglitz warned against a single-minded focus on …

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