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‘Completion payment’ contracts – a structure to get Irish housing moving.

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:03:11 +0000

It’s interesting to dissect the Eamon Ryan’s article on the need for a new model for housing. Firstly, there is a sense of desperation, that we need to do something different. Secondly, Eamon and the Green Party recognises that social housing as we understand it is not the whole answer. The shortage of housing is not […]

Brexit leverage

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:25:04 +0000

The UK government is finding that it has very little leverage in negotiations with the EU over Brexit. What was Her Majesty’s Government’s plan, if there ever was one? In retrospect, I think Teresa May and her cabinet were hoping that Ireland would be their leverage. Europe would accept a ‘back door’ for Britain into […]

Submission on Future of Policing in Ireland

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 19:17:17 +0000

This is a submission I made to the consultation being held by the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. Policing in Ireland has changed. Like many things, it has been the subject of many changes, changes which are predominantly positive. These changes and examples of their impact might be summarised under a few […]

Three things that definitely won’t fix Dublin’s housing crisis.

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:50:20 +0000

The reason prices for accommodation inDublin are so high is very simple. here are more or less the same number of homes as there were ten years ago, but there are 10 percent more people. At the same time, the economy has moved from recession to growth. There is just more money around. As a […]

Diplomats: annoying but cheap.

Fri, 05 May 2017 09:26:34 +0000

People have always had high expectations of America for sure. And there is jealousy too. A lot of those expectations arise from the very good work the State Department has done around the world. It is a great pity to see that Tillerson plans to largely dismantle it. Diplomats are very annoying to politicians with their […]

The forty-eight percent

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:19:33 +0000

The forty-eight percent in the UK have sufficient common cause that they could galvanize behind one political party in the forthcoming election. If that were to happen, the first-past-the-post system would not be kind to the two major parties. Brits who opposed Brexit, who are reticent about it, or want a ‘soft’ brexit are now being asked […]

We can’t wait any longer: get homebuilding going in Ireland

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:28:53 +0000

Things are pretty bad. Two public servants are moving to Abu Dhabi, so they can afford to buy a home in Dublin. We spend tens of thousands of euros to educate and train people, then they have to go to a tax haven to be able to afford to even live in our country. We have to […]

Where soft power comes from.

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:55:48 +0000

The question came up in a discussion with RP Eddy on Facebook, why does Donald Trump, a master of brand and marketing if there ever was one, is so against building the international brand of the US, through ‘soft power’ of diplomacy and international relations. The answer, I think, is that Donald Trump believes that America’s ‘soft […]

By the end of the year: providing some relief in the Dublin property market

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:44:32 +0000

The Dublin rental property situation is desperate, with population growing but little being built. Here is a simple first step to provide immediate relief, through a change in the tax code. It could be in place before the end of July if there is the political will. Despite the crisis, there are reckoned to be 20,000 […]

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:32:23 +0000

Seeking volunteers or denying boarding at the gate is one thing. Trying to get people to leave the aircraft after nightfall at the end of the weekend is another entirely. I guess what I am saying is, like with most things in life, there is a right and a wrong way to screw with your […]