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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.


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 …

The Interesting Story on Irish People’s Health and Habits.

Paul Sweeney 02/11/2016

Paul Sweeney: Did you know that 23% of Irish people still smoke, in spite of the ultra clear evidence that it is deadly? More men (26%) than women …

The Impact of Driverless Cars: Blog 2

Paul Sweeney 24/10/2016

Paul Sweeney: In the last blog, it was forecast that driverless cars will be in mass production and in use in less than ten years. In this Blog, I …

The Massive Impact of Driverless Cars, Blog 1.

Paul Sweeney 20/10/2016

Paul Sweeney: A few weeks ago, Uber introduced the first driverless cars on the road: a self-driving taxi fleet in Pittsburgh. Uber, partnered with …

On Apple tax, State must side with its citizens

Paul Sweeney 05/09/2016

Paul Sweeney: It is widely agreed that globalisation has bought immense benefits. But it is also recognised that these benefits are not equally …

The Not-Sharing Economy Part 2 – Uber and Airbnb

Paul Sweeney 18/08/2016

Paul Sweeney: In my last blog, I argued that the so-called “sharing economy” is based on an increasingly “fissured workplace.” Many …

The “Sharing” Economy is based on a Fissured Workplace

Paul Sweeney 10/08/2016

Paul Sweeney: Uber and Airbnb are not the Sharing Economy. Instead, they represent a rapid increase in the “Fissured Workplace”. This …

New Thinking on Taxation and Inequality from OECD

Paul Sweeney 28/07/2016

Paul Sweeney: The previous blog on the recent OECD paper on taxation pointed out its new recognition that taxation systems are not just about …

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