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  • Nama and Snip

    July 31, 2009 @ 10:32 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The scale of the Nama (National Asset Management Agency) project is awe-inspiring. We never had it so good as in the Celtic Tiger years but it is clearly a case of, the higher they come, the harder they fall.

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     Nama and Snip? Tiger cubs at Dublin Zoo, with Mum and Dad (Photograph by Brenda Fitzsimons)

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  • Death and Taxes

    July 28, 2009 @ 12:15 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

     The French anarchist, Proudhon said, “Property is theft!” but a more apposite quote might be Benjamin Franklin’s statement that the only certainties in life were, “Death and taxes”. Herewith a piece from the print edition of the newspaper on the Commission on Taxation Report, which is to be finalised today and will be considered by Cabinet in September. Some of its proposals are likely to be quite controversial. 

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    Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (left) and Benjamin Franklin (more…)

  • Nasty Nettle of Property Tax

    June 24, 2009 @ 3:20 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The political scene is overcome with ennui and sluggishness. The warm weather contributes to a mood where everybody wants to be somewhere else, preferably on a beach with a long, cool drink in hand.

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    Wolfe Tone: admirer of the ‘men of no property’

    (Photograph by Cyril Byrne)

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