Let’s build: €15 billion of  bank capital should be invested in Irish infrastructure over the coming years – in social housing, public transport, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and human skills.

There is a simple solution to directly funding an immediate major social housing programme and other infrastructure. It is to use the billions already(...)

The report says that much of the extra investment needed should be funded by part of the proceeds of the planned privatisation of the bank shares currently in public ownership

State spending on public infrastructure should be increased by at least €15 billion over the next six years to ensure future economic growth and devel(...)

“The consolidation of airlines is probably the strongest argument for the sell-off of the State’s stake in Aer Lingus. Yet airline mergers have yet to prove a financial success. Iberia and the largest airline group in Europe, Lufthansa, are struggling.” Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Aer Lingus is back in the spotlight since the British Airways parent IAG formally announced the terms of its offer for the airline last week, valuing (...)

Jim Power, chief economist, Friends First

A number of economists have warned that October’s budget may be too early for the Government to take action to lower the amount of tax paid by people(...)

Best seller: Putting issues of inequality at the heart of economic debate, economist Thomas Piketty

Having surged to the top of best-seller lists, Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century continues to be among the most talked about econom(...)

United Auto Workers (UAW) picket outside General Motors. Union membership uin the US had declined rapidly as had income equality.

Capital in the 21st century, the best-selling book by French economist Thomas Piketty, has certainly struck a chord in political and economic debate,(...)

Does it make sense to sell one of Ireland’s largest indigenous companies, Bord Gáis Energy (BGE), to a foreign multinational to repay a fraction of th(...)

An Apple event in San Jose, California. Huge corporations like Apple, Google and Microsoft could be broken up, as Standard Oil was in the past. Photograph: New York Times

Vodafone’s sale of its US business – one of the biggest corporate deals in history – tells how modern capitalism works. Instead of investing the £84 b(...)

“The distribution of national income, between wages on one side and profits and rents on the other, was of major interest to classical economists.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Workers’ share of national income has been in decline in most countries for more than three decades, but the decline has been concealed by growth. Thi(...)