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Paul Sweeney     @paulsweeneyman

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.


A Pivotal Moment?

Paul Sweeney 17/06/2019

Phillip Lane, departing governor of the financial regulator, the Central Bank, wrote a farewell letter to the government calling for the cap on bank bosses’ bonuses to be lifted. The CEOs of the Irish state owned banks are paid a max of €500,000. He thinks they deserve more. I believe that if the government does lift the cap on bankers’ …



Europe and the Academy of the Judeo-Christian West

Paul Sweeney 10/05/2019

  Steve Bannon is establishing an Alt-Right Academy in an Italian monastery, pictured above, in Trisulti, outside Rome, called the Academy of the …

Europe

Paul Sweeney 24/04/2019

I am writing this in the south west of France, in one of the many villages which were walled to protect from neighbours, looking out at the …

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 …

Privatisation Pendulum Swings Back.

Paul Sweeney 20/12/2018

In my last blog in November, we saw that privatisation is being reversed in the UK, the original home of the Thatcher ideology of “rolling back the …

Finally, the Privatisation Pendulum Swings Back.

Paul Sweeney 09/11/2018

Trends in Economics Trends in economics swing one way and then back. The privatisation trend that begun in the 1980s in the UK is finally swinging …

Will the Rainy Day Fund Become Another Corporate Bailout?

Paul Sweeney 03/09/2018

The last National Pension Reserve Fund was raided & most of it was squandered. Ireland had a Sovereign Wealth Fund – 1% of GNP plus profits …

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