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Sunday 18 May, 2014

Damien Kiberd: This government's housing policy will - literally - put people on the streets
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Damien Kiberd: This government's housing policy will - literally - put people on the streets

May 18th 2014, 8:15 AM 80 Views 57 Comments

Willful ignorance or not, the crude approach is going to end in misery. Again.

Sunday 11 May, 2014

Damien Kiberd: They say €240 per year for water. Sure. For now.
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Damien Kiberd: They say €240 per year for water. Sure. For now.

May 11th 2014, 8:16 AM 53 Views 135 Comments

Damien Kiberd finds the election promise of an ‘average’ water charge is as leaky as a badly-laid pipe.

Sunday 4 May, 2014

Damien Kiberd: Some very solid reasons why the banking inquiry will fail to deliver
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Damien Kiberd: Some very solid reasons why the banking inquiry will fail to deliver

May 4th 2014, 8:30 AM 29 Views 21 Comments

“This country is suffering from paralysis by analysis”.

Sunday 27 April, 2014

Damien Kiberd: Teachers do, literally, run the country
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Damien Kiberd: Teachers do, literally, run the country

Apr 27th 2014, 8:30 AM 246 Views 120 Comments

But it hasn’t helped them as those old-school types have made it next to impossible for young qualified types to get a permanent job.

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Sunday 20 April, 2014

Damien Kiberd: United States of Europe? Then show us the benefits
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Damien Kiberd: United States of Europe? Then show us the benefits

Apr 20th 2014, 8:30 AM 294 Views 44 Comments

With the EU forcing us into a ‘devaluation for slow learners’, isn’t it time we look closer at what exactly the euro has done for us?

Sunday 13 April, 2014

Damien Kiberd: Michael Noonan wants house prices to rise so we can emerge from this cul-de-sac
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Damien Kiberd: Michael Noonan wants house prices to rise so we can emerge from this cul-de-sac

Apr 13th 2014, 8:30 AM 87 Views 96 Comments

There’s a hole in the balance sheets, dear Liza.

Sunday 6 April, 2014

Damien Kiberd: Be honest, GAA, the Sky deal IS about cash...
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Damien Kiberd: Be honest, GAA, the Sky deal IS about cash...

Apr 6th 2014, 8:30 AM 167 Views 100 Comments

…but this might not be a Bad Thing.

Sunday 30 March, 2014

Damien Kiberd: Martin Callinan thought his friendship with Shatter would save him. He was wrong.
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Damien Kiberd: Martin Callinan thought his friendship with Shatter would save him. He was wrong.

Mar 30th 2014, 8:30 AM 42 Views 56 Comments

The ex-Garda Commissioner was hung out to dry in the most contrived way – but the Taoiseach’s handling of GardaGate was razor sharp.

Sunday 23 March, 2014

Damien Kiberd: If prices are deflating, why are we feeling poorer?
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Damien Kiberd: If prices are deflating, why are we feeling poorer?

Mar 23rd 2014, 8:45 AM 35 Views 52 Comments

Statisticians tell us inflation is a memory but what lies beneath – massive premiums on childcare, health insurance, water tax and more – is a better measure of the pain consumers feel.

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Sunday 16 March, 2014

Damien Kiberd: The real reason why Frank Flannery's head was served up on a plate
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Damien Kiberd: The real reason why Frank Flannery's head was served up on a plate

Mar 16th 2014, 8:30 AM 131 Views 49 Comments

‘Spin doctors? But who the hell is sick?’ To paraphrase the TV drama Borgen, Frank Flannery’s dismissal uncovers some uncomfortable truths about ‘access all areas’ PR in politics.

Sunday 9 March, 2014

Damien Kiberd: Why are the Irish not more critical of the EU?
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Damien Kiberd: Why are the Irish not more critical of the EU?

Mar 9th 2014, 8:30 AM 254 Views 156 Comments

And more to the point – are we “f**ked and brainwashed” by the ‘European Project’?

Sunday 2 March, 2014

Damien Kiberd: Government policy on housing is a massive muddle
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Damien Kiberd: Government policy on housing is a massive muddle

Mar 2nd 2014, 8:30 AM 19 Views 13 Comments

When the economy collapsed the banks got top priority. Building workers and people who need social housing were far down the pecking order. Now they’re telling us a miracle is on the way…

Sunday 23 February, 2014

Damien Kiberd: A new property bubble - but not as we know it
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Damien Kiberd: A new property bubble - but not as we know it

Feb 23rd 2014, 8:30 AM 32 Views 68 Comments

A glut of cash buyers, homeowners anchored by negative equity and tracker mortgages – in Dublin, the situation for young people trying to buy is alarming.

Sunday 16 February, 2014

Damien Kiberd: Why neither Ireland nor USA wants to question tax haven
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Damien Kiberd: Why neither Ireland nor USA wants to question tax haven

Feb 16th 2014, 8:30 AM 55 Views 56 Comments

Official Ireland does not like inconvenient truths – which is why Trinity professor Jim Stewart’s spot-on research makes it defensive.

Sunday 9 February, 2014

Damien Kiberd: RTÉ thinks it played safe on Pantigate - I beg to differ
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Damien Kiberd: RTÉ thinks it played safe on Pantigate - I beg to differ

Feb 9th 2014, 8:30 AM 122 Views 117 Comments

RTÉ would do well to remember the story of Jurgen Klinsmann’s dive in the 1990 World Cup and the effect that had on schoolboy footballers for years to come.

Sunday 2 February, 2014

Damien Kiberd: Are whistleblowers saints? The ethics can be complicated.
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Damien Kiberd: Are whistleblowers saints? The ethics can be complicated.

Feb 2nd 2014, 8:00 AM 336 Views 24 Comments

As Ireland has discovered following the row over the cancellation of penalty points for motoring offences, the ethics of whistleblowing can be most complicated, writes Damien Kiberd.

Sunday 26 January, 2014

Damien Kiberd: Why was Ariel Sharon's funeral such a lonely affair?
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Damien Kiberd: Why was Ariel Sharon's funeral such a lonely affair?

Jan 26th 2014, 8:30 AM 498 Views 93 Comments

Psychopath or a good soldier? The ‘no show’ of global leaders at his final goodbye nods to a life of contradictions.

Sunday 19 January, 2014

Damien Kiberd: Ireland's real friend in Europe is not who you think
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Damien Kiberd: Ireland's real friend in Europe is not who you think

Jan 19th 2014, 8:30 AM 532 Views 94 Comments

When the chips are down, Ireland has always been able to count on Britain – so why don’t we support them if they want to leave the EU?

Sunday 12 January, 2014

Damien Kiberd: So what if Kenny and Bruton didn't lecture Middle East on human rights?
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Damien Kiberd: So what if Kenny and Bruton didn't lecture Middle East on human rights?

Jan 12th 2014, 8:30 AM 17 Views 57 Comments

Were they not correct to put the business interests of Ireland first? And what about those other human rights abusers Ireland conveniently chooses to ignore?

Sunday 5 January, 2014

Damien Kiberd: Why middle-aged men with money invest in Netflix...
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Damien Kiberd: Why middle-aged men with money invest in Netflix...

Jan 5th 2014, 8:30 AM 24 Views 17 Comments

…And why their tech confusion means there is no logic in how they price its shares.

Sunday 22 December, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Drop the goody-two-shoes approach to economic policy
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Damien Kiberd: Drop the goody-two-shoes approach to economic policy

Dec 22nd 2013, 8:30 AM 47 Views 49 Comments

Job figure increases are welcome – but Government needs to be bolshy to grab the three things it needs for proper growth.

Sunday 15 December, 2013

Damien Kiberd: We recover part of our sovereignty - but banks still losing their senses
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Damien Kiberd: We recover part of our sovereignty - but banks still losing their senses

Dec 15th 2013, 8:30 AM 72 Views 22 Comments

The target borrower for banks is often a high net worth individual living overseas: ordinary owner-occupiers can go and whistle.

Sunday 8 December, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Forbes has Ireland all wrong
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Damien Kiberd: Forbes has Ireland all wrong

Dec 8th 2013, 8:30 AM 41 Views 58 Comments

Ireland Inc. got the thumbs-up as the best place to do business. The glossy magazine headline hides a less attractive truth about tax, unemployment and Stalinist powers.

Sunday 1 December, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Reasons to be cheerful? Maybe - but cautious too
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Damien Kiberd: Reasons to be cheerful? Maybe - but cautious too

Dec 1st 2013, 8:30 AM 12 Views 16 Comments

Should we be optimistic or pessimistic? Doing the hokey cokey or pleading poverty at the back door of the Bundesbank?

Sunday 24 November, 2013

Damien Kiberd: 'Top-up' payments part of a game whose rules need to change
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Damien Kiberd: 'Top-up' payments part of a game whose rules need to change

Nov 24th 2013, 8:30 AM 13 Views 27 Comments

“The model of social partnership promoted since 1987 relies for its internal cohesion on permitting people at various levels within the system to milk that system for their own benefit.”

Sunday 17 November, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Why we need to deliver an Irish version of the NHS
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Damien Kiberd: Why we need to deliver an Irish version of the NHS

Nov 17th 2013, 8:30 AM 26 Views 67 Comments

Two million Irish people pay for private health cover out of fear of our public system – but both are broken. Here’s what we COULD do…

Sunday 10 November, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Govt won't admit it but we've been battered by new taxes
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Damien Kiberd: Govt won't admit it but we've been battered by new taxes

Nov 10th 2013, 8:30 AM 9 Views 106 Comments

From the Universal Social Charge to the Local Property Tax, the Government has implemented a labyrinth of new taxes, both overt and covert.

Sunday 3 November, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Jihad against Junior Cert is bizarre
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Damien Kiberd: Jihad against Junior Cert is bizarre

Nov 3rd 2013, 8:30 AM 81 Views 87 Comments

Rather than tackle these rather basic issues of numeracy and literacy, we are meddling with exam systems which may not be a problem at all.

Sunday 27 October, 2013

Damien Kiberd: If Enda wants cash from his EU mates, he needs to stop ticking the boxes
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Damien Kiberd: If Enda wants cash from his EU mates, he needs to stop ticking the boxes

Oct 27th 2013, 8:30 AM 21 Views 66 Comments

Taoiseach Kenny wrote a letter to 26 EU heads about their 2012 “commitment” to give Ireland special treatment – but they don’t care for wimpish reminders.

Sunday 20 October, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Health is not just Angola, it’s the original Heart of Darkness
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Damien Kiberd: Health is not just Angola, it’s the original Heart of Darkness

Oct 20th 2013, 8:45 AM 26 Views 40 Comments

What’s to become of the very sick who can’t afford insurance cover and who don’t qualify for medical cards? Does anyone – including Reilly – know?

Wednesday 16 October, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Budget 2014 arithmetic not just iffy - it's scary
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Damien Kiberd: Budget 2014 arithmetic not just iffy - it's scary

Oct 16th 2013, 7:00 AM 15 Views 73 Comments

The figures are extraordinarily precise, writes TheJournal.ie columnist Damien Kiberd – as imaginary numbers often neatly are.

Tuesday 8 October, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Austerity economics have us locked in Permaslump
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Damien Kiberd: Austerity economics have us locked in Permaslump

Oct 8th 2013, 10:58 PM 65 Views 66 Comments

“Families want to exit their own micro-bailouts too,” writes new TheJournal.ie columnist Damien Kiberd.