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Archive for January, 2012

Some thoughts on this Irish Times article about Merkozy’s designs on our precious corporation tax rate. Admittedly, it raises only superficial points, but still…
The Government is facing a new threat to its corporate tax regime as Germany and France push for the acceleration of moves to create a pan-European business tax system.
It’s not new. It’s […]

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[Photo from Irish Examiner USA]
Marain Finnegan, chief economist with Sherry Fitzgerald, in today’s Irish Times:
Marian Finnegan, chief economist at Sherry FitzGerald, says people who can get a mortgage are in a much better position than people who bought a few years ago. “At the height of the market couples spent 45 per cent of their […]

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I’m working on a paper on NAMA at the moment, but I’ve been so tied up with other stuff that I’m only getting around to reading its 2010 annual report.
It’s incredible stuff.
NAMA actually tells us that a number of the loans transferred in Autumn 2010 have serious title, security and paperwork issues.
But […]

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This quote is taken from the above interview at around 2:40
Interviewer: “Would you get in and invest in a bank and maybe start one?
DOB: I was on the board of a bank maybe five years ago - it’s too slow moving a business for me - I like fast moving businesses.
Interviewer: […]

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A series of lunchtime talks taking place each Thursday in March at 1pm in the Central Library, ILAC Centre. The talk is part of a series of readings and discussions on the topic of the Irish economy. More specifically on recent political / economic history - how we have reached the point we are now […]

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The following list is compiled from data taken from the Household Charge FAQs. It is of housing estates which fall into category three and four of unfinished housing estates, and as such are exempt from the household charge.
These are estates which are effectively failed estates, but in which people are forced […]

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The Government talks about how the return of exports will save the Irish economy.
Thing is, they never went away.
Imports / Exports in terms of volume:

Imports / exports in terms of value:

Trade surplus in terms of value:

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[This is the proposal for the pilot course as it stands today - hoping to refine and refocus it over the coming weeks, but this is the base of it here.
If the pilot course is successful, and there is sufficient interest within the organised trade union movement to continue with the course, then I’d see […]

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The hugely impartial Frances Ruane of the ESRI was a former non-executive director of Depfa Bank, which was based in the IFSC and which collapsed in 2008, costing the German taxpayer, via its forced ownership of Hypo Real Estate, well over 100 billion euro. The ‘hands-off’ regulation of the IFSC was key to Depfa’s business […]

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