Posts By Michael Taft

July 9th: The Recession Diaries

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Lunchtime No matter what point in the economic cycle a country is in, the science of history gets a battering. But in recession times, history is just simply invented. Take Professor Mary Harney, TD, on…

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July 8th : The Recession Diaries

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Lunchtime: Thank god someone is talking common sense. Tom O’Connor, economist at the Cork Institute of Technology, was on Morning Ireland arguing that rather than cutting expenditure, we should be looking to increase taxation on…

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July 7th: The Recession Diaries

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In the current economic climate it’s hard to know what is more depressing: the fact of economic recession, the onslaught of the Right through all the channels at their disposal, the unsettling quiescence of the…

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Fianna Fail’s Good News Week

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What a good news week for Fianna Fail was last week. It wasn’t just the latest Irish Times poll even if it’s only a honeymoon result. There was also that report– the ESRI’s Medium -Term…

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A Simple Proposal

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Sometimes a proposal comes along that is so simple you say to yourself, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ That’s what I said when reading ICTU’s ‘Economic Outlook: Narrowing the Pay Gap’. The highlight of…

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The Mood Song of the Poverty Deniers

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Shane Coleman doesn’t believe. CORI recently published its exhaustive Socio-Economic Review 2008 – a 240 page report detailing all aspects of poverty in Ireland. Contained therein was the startling fact that there are over 720,000…

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An Appalling Vista

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ISME’s recent Business Trends Survey makes for grim reading. Employment is down. Sales, investment, orders, and exports are all down. And owners and managers of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are extremely nervous, as well…

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