Shane Ross’s policies will only worsen Ireland’s public transport crisis

Originally published by the Evening Echo, 16 February 2017. It has been clear for some time that the Independent TDs propping up Fine Gael in The Dáil are independent in name only. Ideologically, many of them match their Fine Gael counterparts, as is exemplified well by Minister for Transport (and former Fine Gael councillor) Shane Ross….

MASK SLIPS FROM FINE GAEL AND THEIR BIG BUSINESS BACKERS

Fine Gael ministers held a fund raising dinner in the Shelbourne Hotel where big legal and accountancy companies shelled out €550 a table to allow their representatives to run shoulders with government Ministers. But after a few drinks the blueshirts let their hair down and listened Michael O Leary, boss of Ryanair, stake out his…

Richard Boyd Barrett: Spring Economic Statement

Spring Economic Statement 5:15pm Richard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance) I thank Deputy Mac Lochlainn for pointing out the Government’s quite deliberate and studied contempt for the Technical Group but I take heart from the fact that the senior Ministers felt the need to walk out of the Chamber. It brought to mind…

Why Did the Irish State Appoint HSBC Executives to Key Positions?

People Before Profit has condemned the decision of Finance Minister Michael Noonan not to sack Michael Geoghegan from the advisory board of NAMA. In a statement, Brid Smith for People Before Profit said, ‘It is incredible that the world’s top organiser of tax dodging schemes should be acting as an advisor to NAMA. ‘Michael Geoghegan…

Do We Need Economic Experts?

By Michael O’Sullivan We are bombarded daily on our televisions and radio by economists lecturing us about what ‘we’ need to do to solve the economic crisis here and in Europe but should we listen to them? While we are encouraged to believe that economic matters due to their complexity can only be understood and…