Jim O Leary

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Water charges were ‘the last straw’ for some people after several austerity budgets, UCD report notes.

The Government’s framing of water charges as an economic issue contributed to the failure of the charging regime, according to a new report by UCD aca(...)

An Irish Water meter being installed.  “A sense of trying to achieve too much too soon is suggested by  by the approach to the overall water sector reform programme,” said Mr O’Leary.

Government policy on property tax succeeded where water charges failed because a “too much, too soon” approach was taken to the latter, economist Jim (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe: hoping to avoid big rise in public pay levels. Photograph: Collins

The report of the Public Service Pay Commission published earlier this week is part of a process, the process of navigating a course towards a new pub(...)

Discontent: members of the  teaching   unions picket during the recent strike. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

That public servants had to endure significant cuts in their incomes during the financial crisis is well known. The bulk of these cuts came in the for(...)

Enda Kenny leaves after the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, on June 29th. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

The Fine Gael-led minority Government has had its worst week since taking office. A rapid succession of events has raised serious doubts about how lon(...)

Micheal Martin TD leader of Fianna Fail and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the annual turning on of the Christmas Tree lights in Leinster House last December. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

I’ve been doing a bit of digging into the election manifestoes of our two largest political parties to get a handle on how Herculean a task it might b(...)

AIB’s former group chief credit officer was told to “suck it up and get on with it” when he complained about weak risk controls and a lack of resour(...)

Bertie Ahern. Should have been running increasing budget surpluses during the noughties. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Economist John FitzGerald of the ESRI throws an eye over the topic of EU governance arrangements in a short essay that forms part of (...)