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Education cutbacks bad for economy

Sinéad Pentony 04/08/2011

Sinéad Pentony: Today’s news that class sizes are set to increase highlights the shortsightedness of responses to the fiscal crisis. As in many areas of public expenditure, Ireland has consistently lagged behind other OECD and EU countries both in terms of spending and performance. Ireland spends 4.7 per cent of GDP on education compared to the …



View from the front line: impacts of cuts to community employment

04/11/2010

Guest post by Dr Rory Hearne In an effort to highlight what are the potential real human and economic impacts of some of the proposed December budget …

Fine Gael's 3:1 Ratio

Nat O'Connor 19/10/2010

Nat O'Connor: Fine Gael has given some useful clarity on their fiscal policy position with the declaration that they would seek €1 billion in tax …

Debating on the Titanic

Michael Taft 20/09/2010

Michael Taft: The confusion between fiscal contraction (i.e. public spending cuts) and reducing the fiscal deficit continues apace. On Morning …

Krugman & lying eyes

Michael Burke 15/06/2010

Michael Burke: Paul Krugman, writing in the New York Times, asks whether fiscal austerity measures actually reassure the financial markets. This …

Pain, but no gain

Michael Burke 19/05/2010

Michael Burke: In a recent piece in The Guardian, Dean Baker argues that politicians are ignoring Keynes "at their peril". Arguing that it would be …

Do cuts work?

Michael Burke 14/05/2010

Michael Burke: The Irish economy is in a Depression. Real GDP has fallen by 9.9% from its peak and real GNP by 13.8%. Even these terrifying data are …

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