Sinn Féin has proposed its alternative Budget. Do the numbers add up?
Sinn Féin’s tax-raising proposals fish from a small pool of individuals – those earning over €100,000, those inheriting property worth more than €302,000, those with second houses, those buying expensive houses, those with assets in excess of €1 million and those with private pensions. But does it all add up?
12th Oct, 2020 - 5 min read
Feargal O’Rourke: My ten thoughts for our Budget ministers
What do I want to see in the Budget? A Vat reduction for hospitality. Changes to CGT and examinership laws. A new digital upskilling programme. A new tax commission. And lots of ambition and leadership.
12th Oct, 2020 - 6 min read
Facing a tsunami of job losses, we need policies to help homegrown Innovation-Driven Enterprises flourish
MIT coined the phrase Innovation-Driven Enterprises to differentiate them from traditional SMEs. And amid the threats of Covid-19, Brexit and global tax reform, we are going to need them more than ever. That will require a change of official thinking and the introduction of new policies.
9th Oct, 2020 - 4 min read
Climate bill aims to avoid a repeat of the Nphet-Government clash
Much delayed legislation introduced by the Government on Wednesday will apply to Ireland the carbon budgeting world standard developed by the UK since 2008. It may not ban petrol cars as promised, but its ambition is much bigger: regulate the collaboration between scientific experts and politicians in solving their greatest challenge for the next 30 years.
8th Oct, 2020 - 5 min read
Budget 2021: Take back control? Of what?
I think a focus on minimising the deficit is totally wrong-headed in the middle of a pandemic, but maximising the deficit makes no sense either. Planning for a large scale multi-annual stimulus seems to me to be a far better option.
8th Oct, 2020 - 6 min read
What do fundraising for a start-up and renovating a house have in common?
My friend was raising money for a start-up. I was seeking funds for a house. Neither have been easy but along the two different journeys, there have been a lot of similarities worth noting.
5th Oct, 2020 - 5 min read
There’s a new mortgage arrears crisis on its way, and official Ireland is not ready for it
The Central Bank of Ireland has started publishing new data on mortgage arrears – and the news is not good. An arrears crisis is brewing. The banks, and the state, are woefully unprepared for it.