Welcome !

I am Professor of Finance at the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin. You are welcome to this site, wherein you can find some more details of my research and teaching. Please feel free to contact me by email on or on +353 1 8961552. A full CV is available

In addition to my academic work I also write a fortnightly column on matters economic and financial in the Irish Examiner

I have worked at TCD since 1992. Before that I was an economist at the Central Bank of Ireland (1987-92) , and before that an Administrative Officer at the Department of Health (1985-1987).

I have a BA in Economics from TCD (1985), a MA from UCD in International Economics, Trade and Politics (1988) and a PhD in Finance from Stirling (2003)

Feel free to navigate around the site, please feel free to suggest changes, bring my attention to errors, or contact me in relation to any of my research.

5 thoughts on “Introduction

  1. “It is not enough in a situation of trust in the commonwealth, that a man means well to his country; it is not enough that in his single person he never did an evil act, but always voted according to his conscience, and even harangued against every design which he apprehended to be prejudicial to the interests of his country. This innoxious and ineffectual character, that seems formed upon a plan of apology and disculpation, falls miserably short of the mark of public duty. That duty demands and requires that what is right should not only be made known, but made prevalent; that what is evil should not only be detected, but defeated. When the public man omits to put himself in a situation of doing his duty with effect it is an omission that frustrates the purposes of his trust almost as much as if he had formally betrayed it. It is surely no very rational account of a man’s life, that he has always acted right but has taken special care to act in such a manner that his endeavours could not possibly be productive of any consequence.”
    (Quote from Edmund Burke)
    Need I say more??

  2. Brain, as a secondary teacher who loves both her job and the students entrusted to her care I want to thank you for your response to the Eddie Hobbs of the world. I salute you sir!

  3. Hi Brian, There are so many buy-to-let people who got into property to provide for their pensions.
    This has worked well so far with many pensioners getting a livable pension from these properties.

    Problem arises when lenders are now asking for repayment of capital and interest.
    The result of this is pensioners will be ‘cash poor’ short-term and over the longer term ‘asset rich’.
    Anyone in their sixties don’t see the logic of building an asset for their much older age.

    Solution: Banks must be forced see the logic of accepting interest only and allow the capital be cleared when the property is sold into the future.There is no imperative that capital should be repaid over the mortgage term when it can be cleared fully at the end.
    This is something which you might reverberate in the relevant chambers.

    I hope you can understand this and help make the Banks and body Politic see the sensible solution for these particular properties.

    With kind regards

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