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Wednesday 5 May, 2021

Opinion: The future of work after Covid has to be better than what we currently have
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Opinion: The future of work after Covid has to be better than what we currently have

May 5th 2021, 7:00 AM 11,093 Views 4 Comments

The great political challenge of the pandemic is fixing workplaces to be better than they are, writes Michael Taft.

Tuesday 15 January, 2013

Column: How much has Ireland paid for the EU banking crisis?
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Column: How much has Ireland paid for the EU banking crisis?

Jan 15th 2013, 7:30 PM 5,370 Views 224 Comments

Ireland has been declared a ‘special case’ by Angela Merkel – and these figures show exactly why, writes Michael Taft.

Thursday 6 December, 2012

Column: This Budget isn't just bad - it's at odds with Government policies
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Column: This Budget isn't just bad - it's at odds with Government policies

Dec 6th 2012, 1:01 PM 33 Views 30 Comments

The cuts contained in this Budget fly in the face of Government statements on growth and protection. They’re difficult to justify, writes Michael Taft.

Thursday 15 November, 2012

Column: It’s time to examine our corporate tax rate
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Column: It’s time to examine our corporate tax rate

Nov 15th 2012, 7:00 AM 180 Views 71 Comments

We’re regularly told that “everything is on the table” for the Budget, writes Michael Taft. So what about corporation tax?

Tuesday 25 September, 2012

Column: Moaning about allowances lets us ignore Ireland’s real problems
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Column: Moaning about allowances lets us ignore Ireland’s real problems

Sep 25th 2012, 7:30 AM 33 Views 81 Comments

Public sector allowances are small fry – but the media storm is a distraction from the real bad news, writes Michael Taft.

Saturday 15 September, 2012

Column: Slashing wages will hurt everybody – the case for Croke Park
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Column: Slashing wages will hurt everybody – the case for Croke Park

Sep 15th 2012, 12:00 PM 21 Views 37 Comments

It’s in everyone’s interest to keep the Croke Park deal, writes Michael Taft – private sector jobs are at stake too.

Wednesday 23 May, 2012

Vote No: The Treaty will bring the EU together – in economic stagnation
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Vote No: The Treaty will bring the EU together – in economic stagnation

May 23rd 2012, 1:00 PM 25 Views 46 Comments

Confidence and stability will be the last things to emerge from this dangerous experiment, writes Michael Taft.

Saturday 31 March, 2012

Column: Welcome to Ireland’s new cycle of inequality
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Column: Welcome to Ireland’s new cycle of inequality

Mar 31st 2012, 6:00 PM 17 Views 29 Comments

The people with the highest incomes have suffered least in the recession, writes Michael Taft.

Wednesday 8 February, 2012

Column: Do the Government numbers add up? Let’s not worry our heads…
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Column: Do the Government numbers add up? Let’s not worry our heads…

Feb 8th 2012, 7:15 AM 9 Views 21 Comments

The Government says its Action Plan will create 100,000 jobs, writes Michael Taft. This doesn’t make sense – and here’s why.

Saturday 14 January, 2012

Column: House prices need to fall further, or our economy is in danger
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Column: House prices need to fall further, or our economy is in danger

Jan 14th 2012, 6:00 PM 24 Views 69 Comments

Have property prices finally bottomed out? We’d better hope not, writes Michael Taft.

Monday 5 December, 2011

Column: This Budget will cut 15,000 jobs from our economy
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Column: This Budget will cut 15,000 jobs from our economy

Dec 5th 2011, 8:30 PM 11 Views 27 Comments

Enda Kenny called it a ‘Budget for jobs’ – but the very opposite is the truth. We can expect dole lines to lengthen, writes Michael Taft.

Tuesday 15 November, 2011

Column: That €600m we can save by tackling welfare fraud? It doesn’t exist
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Column: That €600m we can save by tackling welfare fraud? It doesn’t exist

Nov 15th 2011, 8:30 PM 108 Views 66 Comments

The Government trumpets the figure of €600million as a potential saving from social welfare fraud. Just one problem – the real figure is €26million, writes Michael Taft.

Monday 18 July, 2011

Column: The ‘jobs initiative’ is wasting millions of euro
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Column: The ‘jobs initiative’ is wasting millions of euro

Jul 18th 2011, 6:58 PM 33 Views 24 Comments

The Government’s €473million programme gives out money to companies whether they create jobs or not. If we weren’t broke before we will be soon, writes economist Michael Taft.

Monday 16 May, 2011

Column: How our Government frightens the children with the ECB bogeyman
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Column: How our Government frightens the children with the ECB bogeyman

May 16th 2011, 11:44 AM 11 Views 0 Comments

Ministers tell us the country will collapse if we burn the bondholders – but this is just a scare tactic. The Government has real options in dealing with debt, writes economist Michael Taft.