Posts by Paul Sweeney


Paul Sweeney     @paulsweeneyman

Paul Sweeney is former Chief Economist of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. He was a President of the Statistical and Social Enquiry Society of Ireland, former member of the Economic Committee of the ETUC, 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 Challenge to Ireland’s Wealthy

Paul Sweeney 21/03/2016

Paul Sweeney: “We can well afford to pay our current taxes, and we can afford to pay even more. Our state needs to invest this revenue in our …

The EU on Ireland's Lack of Investment and the Improving Irish Labour Market

Paul Sweeney 03/03/2016

Paul Sweeney: I continue my examination of the recent EU report on Ireland EU Country Specific Recs. Ireland. It recommends three priorities for EU …

Why the EU Commission is right to call for increased public investment in infrastructure

Paul Sweeney 01/03/2016

Paul Sweeney: The new EU report on the Irish Economy EU Ireland report 2016 makes for interesting reading, if only to see how Brussels views our …

Will the radical cuts in public spending planned by 2021 be abandoned?

Paul Sweeney 28/01/2016

Paul Sweeney: Will the plan to greatly cut public spending by 2021 set out in Budget 2016 now be revised? The question that all political parties …

Should Ireland’s largest bank should be sold off to foreigners?

Paul Sweeney 17/01/2016

Paul Sweeney: Should Ireland's largest bank, AIB, be sold off to a foreign bank or hedge fund? This is the plan. It is not being debated. Why not …

An End to Tax Cuts in the US?

Paul Sweeney 19/11/2015

Paul Sweeney: Americans are not in favour of cutting taxes! The American Enterprise Institute, a Right Wing think tank, is saying that it’s the end …

EU ruling will bring realistic approach to "Tax Wars"

Paul Sweeney 28/10/2015

Paul Sweeney: “I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.” said Oliver Wendel Holmes Jr, a US judge in 1927. Today many major companies …

What about the PAYE Worker?

Paul Sweeney 23/09/2015

Paul Sweeney: For decades there used to be a refrain heard endlessly on taxation. It was “What about the PAYE worker?” Will we hear it more often …

Time to Curb Income Tax Privileges for Artists, Sports Stars and the Corporate Elite?

Paul Sweeney 08/09/2015

Paul Sweeney: Did you know that certain people enjoy special income tax privileges in Ireland? Some of them earn far more than the rest of us, but …

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