Tag Archives: Referendum

Catherine Murphy, Article 27 and the Seanad.

One of the things that must most irk senators and dail members is the way that debates get guillotined. Catherine Murphy TD had proposed to table some amendments in the debate on the Seanad abolition bill, mainly on the issue … Continue reading

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Holding my Nose and voting Yes

This is an expanded and linked verison of a column published in the Irish Examiner Saturday 12 may 2012. http://www.irishexaminer.com/business/a-reluctant-yes-voter-for-vital-access-to-funds-193627.html I have decided, very reluctantly, to vote yes in the upcoming referendum on the fiscal compact. I have previous expressed … Continue reading

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The Fiscal Compact and Ireland

I was asked to address the Oireachtas Subcommittee on European Affairs on the issue of the Fiscal Compact, and did so this morning (18 May 2012). Below is the briefing note which I forwarded to the members. We were asked … Continue reading

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Euro crisis will require some hard choices to be faced.

This is a version of an opinion piece originally published in the Irish Examiner Sat 14 April 2012. See http://www.irishexaminer.com/business/euro-crisis-still-very-much-alive-and-pressing-190499.html. It hasn’t gone away you know? The Euro crisis? Its back, waxing and waning. Italy struggles to raise money at … Continue reading

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Eolas: Knowledge is power on the Fiscal Compact

The below is a version of an invited opinion piece done for Eolas magazine, an information magazine for senior public officials. The fiscal compact treaty, an intergovernmental but not EU treaty, is in essence a further codification of the existing … Continue reading

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The Fiscal Compact, LTRO and sovereign debt

This post is a longer version of an oped published in the Irish Examiner Saturday 3 March 2012 So, another European referendum looms, with all that heat and lack of light that we can expect based on previous referenda. Expect … Continue reading

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Fiscal Compact Referendum : why I am voting “maybe”….

A number of people over the last while asked me how I intend to vote in the forthcoming referendum on the fiscal compact. At the moment  I am firmly in the I don’t know camp. I have previously blogged and written about … Continue reading

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