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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.


Good News on the Economy from Europe but a Warning?

Paul Sweeney 27/04/2017

There is some good news on the Irish economy from Eurostat. But hidden in the text is a warning to another member state, Luxembourg, that may …

There is no “value for money” in giving away public assets for nothing

Paul Sweeney 23/04/2017

The Minister for Health Simon Harris insists that “his ‘golden share’ in the new €300 million State-funded national maternity hospital means …

Policing Costs €1.6bn in 2017

Paul Sweeney 04/04/2017

With the many controversies around the very poor management of the Guards, it is worth seeing what the Irish policing service costs . This cost is of …

The Daniel O'Donnell Income Effect

Paul Sweeney 23/03/2017

They say if Daniel O’Donnell left Donegal, the average income in the county would fall. It is still low even with Daniel living there. Average …

Beacon South Quarter crisis reflects the worst of Turbo Capitalism

Paul Sweeney 16/03/2017

De-regulation, privatisation, outsourcing, low taxes, bad housing policy, speculation, regressive tax policy, and poor public services reflect turbo …

Time to make AIB an Irish citizens' bank

Paul Sweeney 13/03/2017

The Government strategy for privatising AIB has focused solely on the art of the deal – the price, how much to sell, and when to sell our 99 per …

Bill Gates Proposes a Tax on Robots

Paul Sweeney 22/02/2017

There has been a lot of media discussion recently about the increasing possibility of robots displacing workers. When Bill Gates, founder of …

Ireland’s New Capital Investment Plan and its New Industrial Strategy

Paul Sweeney 19/02/2017

A major speech made by the Taoiseach last Thursday 16th February on proposed changes in Irish economic policy was lost in the chatter about his …

Airbnb: Sharing, Disrupting or Predator?

Paul Sweeney 13/02/2017

Airbnb argues that “Airbnb and our community are part of the new Collaborative or Sharing Economy, a movement that enables people to access new …

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