Articles: News

April 4, 2016

Irish investors will suffer again as Ireland’s largest private landlord bides its time to cash in More

May 29, 2015

Here is a clip from yesterday’s RTE Radio 1 News at One show where I was discussing the latest developments in the Banking Enquiry. More

October 1, 2014

Wilson Hartnell PR company have voted me Number 1 in their power rankings of the most influencial Twitter users in Ireland. More

September 8, 2014

Our economy is showing considerable signs of life. Many indicators, which were dormant for years, are now pointing upwards. The big question is whether this is something muscular, the fruition of a long lasting plan or is it a massive sugar rush, fuelled by six years of pent-up demand and renewed buyer panic in the housing market? More

June 3, 2014

Last week, there was lots of talk about individual politicians but, in truth, these people – although mostly well-intentioned – don’t actually matter in terms of the economy. All the main Irish parties believe in the same economic orthodoxy, so in a sense they are irrelevant. Remember, it was economic orthodoxy that got us into this mess, so it’s hardly the most likely route out of the crisis. More

April 7, 2014

The frenzy has started again. Six years after a property boom practically destroyed our economy, we are at the same nonsense again. When are we ever going to learn that buying and selling over-priced houses to each other is not going to make us rich, but will make us poor? More

January 30, 2014

It was a morning only a taxi driver could love. Yesterday, walking down the Western Road, past the Pres’ Cork lads shuffling towards school, the River Lee was swollen and moving rapidly. It only took seconds for a large fallen branch to be swept along from one bridge to the next, which is hardly surprising after the biblical deluges we’ve been experiencing. More

December 12, 2013

On May 1, 2003, President George Bush stood on the bridge of the USS Abraham Lincoln. Behind him a massive banner was unfurled, which read “Mission Accomplished”. The president declared success in Iraq and assured the American people that the victory was his, Saddam was defeated and there would henceforth be no more combat operations. More

December 2, 2013

When we get a rake of economic numbers, it gives us an opportunity to assess where the economy is in the cycle. This new information should also be fed into our own world-view and we should change our minds, borrowing the logic from the great Keynes who declared ”when the facts change, I change my opinion, what do you do sir?” More

November 25, 2013

Last Thursday at the bar of Na Fianna GAA club in Glasnevin, I chatted to two Irish entrepreneurs who have a successful software company about the unintended negative consequences Ireland’s multinational tax policy has on their business. More