Profit at Tynagh Energy, the multinational-backed power generator that is receiving a €66 million subsidy from electricity consumers, soared to €40 m(...)

Colm McCarthy: The UCD economist  regularly lambasts the supports given to the wind energy industry. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The intervention this week of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) in the debate over wind energy throws the spotlight once again on the level o(...)

The academy says existing wind power plants, combined with those under construction and other forms of renewable energy, are enough to comply with the Republic’s current commitments to the EU

The Republic’s renewable energy commitments could add €200 million a year to the cost of electricity, the Irish Academy of Engineering warns in its la(...)

A gale of opprobrium blew up over comments by economist Colm McCarthy deriding any further investment in wind energy

Colm McCarthy, the clever but contrarian UCD economist, doesn’t mince his words. He prefers instead to mince the targets of his ire, which last weeken(...)

There is currently around 2,400 megawatts of wind generated electricity feeding into the Irish system, of which half has been built since the downturn.

Ireland should abandon plans to build more wind farms in order to comply with a European Union policy which has failed – especially in light of the fa(...)

Constantin Gurdgiev, who is part of the line-up for the Kilkenomics festival, a three-day mash-up of economics and comedy taking place in Kilkenny next month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

So many bubbles are popping up in the Irish economy that it’s in danger of turning into an Aero bar. Another one clearly emerging, which policymakers (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan who said there would not be a general election until the spring of 2016 and this should allow enough time for the banking inquiry to complete its work.

A legal firm is taking action against the Houses of the Oireachtas over the tendering process to procure legal advice to the forthcoming banking inqui(...)

Economist Colm McCarthy: is among the members of the expert group that presented an initial report suggesting a framework for a 14-month investigation into the €64 billion bailout.

The banking inquiry’s advisory group has recommended the investigation should look back over the past 20 years to discover the origins of Ireland’s e(...)

The Advisory Group will assist the Oireachtas committee in its proposal for the banking inquiry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/THE IRISH TIMES

UCD economist Colm McCarthy, comptroller and auditor general Seamus McCarthy, and US economist Megan Greene are three of the nine members of the ad-ho(...)

Economist Colm McCarthy. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Economist Colm McCarthy is among the members of the Banking Inquiry’s advisory group.The group’s members are to provide expert knowledge to the politi(...)