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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.


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 …

If Apple won’t pay tax what hope is there for civilisation?

Paul Sweeney 04/02/2017

Multinationals owe responsibility to a wider group than their shareholders. As the Apple tax case moves towards the European Union courts, €13 …

Brexit: What does Teresa May’s veiled Brexit threat really mean?

Paul Sweeney 18/01/2017

Brexit is a slow train crash. Most damage will be done to Britain, but some damage will be done to the European project and to the other European 27 …

Women at Work in Ireland

Paul Sweeney 03/01/2017

Did you know that until 1973 if a woman got married in the Irish civil service, she had to resign so that a man or single woman could take her job? …

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