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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.


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? …

Apollo House Homeless Occupation

Paul Sweeney 22/12/2016

Last week the Irish state borrowed a load of money. The interest rate we will pay was minus 0.42% Yes, the lenders competed with each other to PAY …

Ireland has one of the Lowest Levels of 4G Availability in the World.

Paul Sweeney 16/12/2016

Ireland has one of the worst levels of 4G availability in the world. This is largely because of the privatisation of Eircom. Ireland is 75th of the …

Is Inequality Entrenched Forever?

Paul Sweeney 12/12/2016

Will the poor be always with us, as the Bible warned? Comparing the family wealth to those with the same surname today, a new study suggests that the …

Brexit in Numbers for Ireland

Paul Sweeney 07/12/2016

The CSO has published a useful paper on what the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union will mean for Ireland. We have seen that there …

A Progressive Development (growth) Policy for Europe

Paul Sweeney 29/11/2016

Did you know that last year 22.9 million people in the EU were unemployed, of which, a staggering 10.9 million people were long-term unemployed. At …

Book Review: Branko Milanovic, “Global Inequality”

Paul Sweeney 21/11/2016

Paul Sweeney: There are many books and reports on inequality now. It has been the big social issue for some time, but it is finally recognised as …

Much Progress on Costly and Wasteful Tax Breaks but Radical Change is now Needed.

Paul Sweeney 08/11/2016

Paul Sweeney: There has been much progress in getting rid of the most wasteful and destructive tax breaks, but many remain. Indeed a radical approach …

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