When Stephen Kinsella met Simon Johnson: Power, progress, and the Irish economy
Those who have power define the narrative. That is a key message of Power and Progress, a new book co-authored by the former chief economist of the IMF Simon Johnson. He talks to Stephen Kinsella about his theory, the global economic outlook and the potential of the digital economy.
The ancient art of audit is about to change
For thousands of years, auditors have been working in the shadows to ensure financial accountability. Is it time to consider more pan-EU audits, with Germans auditing Irish institutions and vice-versa? Or to introduce artificial intelligence in the process?
Sinn Féin can campaign in tweets. But it will have to govern in Excel
It is clear that the structure of the economy is deeply, deeply dependent on the claims of very few but very powerful companies. It is also clear that Sinn Féin has absolutely no intention of altering the underlying structure of the Irish economy. They cannot.
Tech is great. But when we talk about multinationals in Ireland, we need to focus on pharma
There is another multinational sector in Ireland, the one we tend to forget about. It is far less glitzy than the tech sector, but far more permanent, requiring as it does huge investments in plant, machinery, and specialised labour to make its products real.