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Companies, Tax and the Ouroboros

This is a version of my Irish Examiner Column of 12 April 2014. Companies are not people. There, I now stand in opposition to the US Supreme Court, who have held that they are people whose rights are equal to … Continue reading

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The financial situation of Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology

Its dire…. Grant Thornton published a report today which is downloadable here :  University finances .  The picture opposite this paragraph is a wordle of the text.  The GT report is done by a bunch of accountants, and it reflects … Continue reading

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The history of the Arms of Trinity College Dublin

The controversy on the rebranding, aka identity initiative, in TCD rolls on. There is an open forum meeting today for all to come and share their views. My position has been made clear here and here. A week or so … Continue reading

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Further thoughts on TCD rebranding

            The TCD re branding issue rolls on. There is  a meeting planned for Friday, an open forum style. It will be interesting to hear what developments have happened. Since my last post some further … Continue reading

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Rebranding TCD

I have to say that I have mixed feelings about this rebranding. Part of me says great, look at things with a fresh eye. A greater part of me says that its a monstrous waste of time and money (about … Continue reading

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We need a holistic approach to regulating risk

This is a version of my column published in the Irish Examiner 29 March 2014. One thing we know from even a cursory study of economics and finance is that there are cycles. This time is rarely different. Sometimes the … Continue reading

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Lets not focus on construction to get us out of this recession

This is  a version of my Irish Examiner Column of 8 March 2014 . Spring is in the air and the economic sap is rising. Or is it that economic saps are rising? Anyhow, the other thing that spring brings … Continue reading

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ESRC Seminar People Risk in Financial Services – Slides

The people risk symposium held yesterday was well attended, with about 75 delegates from a variety of financial and regulatory bodies. A general consensus was evident that financial services needs to be much more concerned about systems and their interlinkages, and … Continue reading

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ESRC Seminar on People Risk in Financial Services – Final Running Order

The ESRC seminar series on people risk (being organized by this motley crew)  rolls into Dublin next Wednesday. The final running order is as below. For more details and to register see here: REGISTER The seminar is free, and coffee/tea … Continue reading

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Europe’s InDeflation problems

The FT has today weighed in with the argument that there is a danger of deflation in the Eurozone. And there is. We are at low and declining rates of inflation.  Deflation is for a whole bunch of reasons more … Continue reading

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