Karl Whelan

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Economist and co-founder of the Kilkenomics festival, David McWilliams, pictured with  RaboDirect general manager Tim Bicknell. The bank is sponsoring the event.

The Web Summit has been called “Davos for geeks”, but Kilkenomics is the “Davos with jokes”. The event returns for a fifth year this year, bringing to(...)

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 (...)

At the Kilkenomics Optimistic Economics Brunch Show in Kilkenny yesterday were (from left) Bill Black, Louise Cooper and Peter Antonioni. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

“Leave the jokes alone!” warns comedian Karl Spain, after former US banking regulator Bill Black upstages him with a gag on the Friday night of Kilken(...)

The late Brian Lenihan, the then Minister for Finance, telling reporters on September 30th 2008 that the Government had decided to guarantee all deposits in Irish banks. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Most histories are ultimately about war. Even if they are not, historians will normally stage a fight about what really happened. There is little abou(...)

A man waits to make a transaction at a Laiki Bank ATM in Nicosia yesterday. Cyprus’s two insolvent banks are being put through resolution procedures that will see equity holders and bondholders lose out and uninsured deposits subjected to a substantial write-down. Photograph: Reuters/Yorgos Karahalis

From an Irish perspective the most remarkable aspect of events in Cyprus is how they represent a complete reversal of Eu ropean policy from the(...)

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