• rope

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    Not the rate, the loopholes

    For the current partnership Government and its political-allies-in-opposition the end of summer has brought with it some rather unpleasant affairs. And a string of seemingly never-ending, insider scandals rocking the Irish charitable and sports ‘sectors’, is just a small headache, compared to the migraines of Irish economic and tax-policy fiascos. The reason is simple: in […]

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  • Dear Mr Wallace and Ms Daly...

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    Namaleaks

    The NAMA story is the media gift that keeps on giving. Not a day passes but further damaging revelations emerge of the manner in which the agency charged with selling off the distressed and other assets arising from the State’s property collapse has behaved. Charged with disposing of commercial and residential properties on an enormous […]

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  • smith-apple

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    26% me arse thanks, Apple

    Irish politics insincerely enmires itself in the need for joined-up thinking, that ubiquitous cliché. But it skirts around the best place for it: amalgamating our erratic but once again soaring economic genius with other more real agendas – making sure we pursue ends and not just means, that we advance social, environmental, cultural and transparency […]

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  • foxe-care

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    Unexplained disparities in care orders

    Children are more than twice as likely to end up in care in one region of the country as they are in another, official figures from the child and family agency Tusla have shown. The records show that the number of children ending up subject to care orders is significantly above the national average in […]

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  • Foster

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    Nice

    Newish Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster is in the middle of a successful charm offensive. She is popular, even with some Nationalists. The vortex into normality engulfs ever more of the increasingly hateless political classes despite themselves. We have recently emerged from one of the quietest marching seasons since the Troubles began. Any friction […]

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    Pat Hickey as Moses

    Reading a Pulitzer-winning New York biography over the summer it was difficult not to think of Pat Hickey and his control of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI). Hickey’s ego and ability to run rings around ministers is reminiscent, on a much smaller scale, of the way Robert Moses domineered in New York from the […]

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  • Fragile

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    Fragile

    Shane Ross knows a thing or two about US multi-national corporations and the way they operate in this globalised economy. They avoid tax, in particular the 35% rate that applies in the US. No amount of huffing and puffing by Tim Cook, Michael Noonan or anyone else can alter that fact, and Ross knows it. […]

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