- 15 Jan 2013
- Slow and steady: Ireland’s competitiveness, five years on
One of the mantras of Celtic Tiger Ireland was that it was a rip-off Republic. And indeed, by 2006, Ireland had overtaken Finland to become the most expensive place in the eurozone for consumer goods. Mid-2008 marked a turning point, however, and the combination of global economic turmoil and local economic depression meant that prices [...]
- Is Ireland still the Rip-Off Republic?
- 26 Oct 2012
- Uganda-gate: Debunking two myths about sub-Saharan Africa
Earlier in the week, news broke that some of Irish overseas development assistance to Uganda had been misappropriated by the Prime Ministerâ€™s office. In a Father Ted-style development, it seems that up to â‚¬4m of Irish aid ended up in the Prime Ministerâ€™s account. A poll taken the next day on thejournal.ie had, depressingly, almost [...]
- How much of Africa is democratic?
- 13 Mar 2013
- How much is that house worth? A note on property tax calculators
Over the weekend, Revenue Commissioners launched their guidance for the Local Property Tax, in the form of an interactive map. With just a couple of pieces of information (location, property type and whether it was built before or after 2000), it takes you to a map of the country where when you click on an [...]
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