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    Picking at Piketty.

    By Constantin Gurdgiev. Thomas Piketty’s ‘Capital in the Twenty First Century’ (Harvard University Press, 2014) has ignited both public and professional debates about the economics of income and wealth distribution not seen since the inter-war period a century ago, when applied Marxism collided with laissez-faire economics. To give the credit due to the author and his […]

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    Debt’s dominion

    By Sinead Pentony. Is Ireland’s level of debt sustainable? The Troika drew attention to our high public debt in their final review of Ireland’s bailout programme. The first few weeks of 2014 have seen good news on Ireland’s cost of borrowing on the bond markets and the decision by Moody’s ratings agency, after all the […]

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    Good god, Google.

    By Ronan  Lynch. Administration and ‘process’ not innovation drive Irish operation It’s been a bad twelve months for Google. It began with the growing awareness of Google’s tax avoidance, and continued with Google being forced to deny that it participated in the PRISM spying project. It also suffers ballooning  costs and falling  ad rates. So […]

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    Denis to Dermot (Village imagines)

    Dear Mr Desmond, You never go to Davos.  Why’s that then? I’ve been going for more than a decade, cruising in on the old Gulfstream. I love to put myself about. I had them eating out of my hand with my clever stock tips: “I am positive about 2014, but it will not be like […]

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    Ireland’s employment problem

    By Sinead Pentony ‘Employment in construction is now just 37.5% of its June 2007 level but increased by 51,300 over the last six years in the areas of health and social work, information and communication, and education’. ‘The main policy measures aimed at increasing employment include the Action Plan for Jobs which aims to have […]

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    Strong Irish growth in 2014 will not be sustained We have catastrophic debt and structural problems Constantin Gurdgiev

    With employment rising, property prices on the mend, mortgages arrears stabilising, Exchequer returns surging and business and consumer confidence regaining pre-crisis highs, Ireland might easily be mistaken for an Asia-Pacific economic dynamo. Alas, once the official hullabaloo about the return to growth is stripped back to the bare facts, it becomes clear that Ireland is […]

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    Non-violence demands veganism

    By Frank Armstrong ‘The term “gatherer-hunter” is less often used although more accurate’. ‘On a moral level, all animal use is the same. It is wrong’ ‘I believe that human beings can tolerate a small amount of animal flesh in their diet but there is no NEED for it’ What prompted you to become a […]

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