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All is Well, Really Really Well

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The Exchequer figures are out.  And they are not good.  Coming into this year, the Government had a strong wind at its back, with €1 billion being carried forward from Budget 2011.  That wind has…

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Raising the Floor

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In a previous post we looked at how our rich are richer than the rich of other European countries.  Our rich grab a higher proportion of disposable income.  That’s one side of the coin.  Let’s look…

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Bathing the Rich

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Okay, so you’re not one of those who believe in soaking the rich.  But what about bathing?  A good bath is healthy for the body and the mind.  And the economy.  There are a number…

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The €6 Billion Alternative

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Government Ministers are floating all sorts of horror options (medical card fees, closing hospital  beds, cutting education grants and Child Benefit, etc. etc.) while at the same time insisting this is the only alternative to…

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Bad Plan, False Arguments

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This was originally written for Progressive-Economy The Minister for Finance’s comments justifying VAT increases is deeply worrying for it evinces either considerable unfamiliarity with basic economic facts; or considerable indifference to such facts in pursuit…

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