Colm McCarthy - LNG project is of national significance
Colm McCarthy
It is acknowledged that Ireland will need gas to supplement intermittent renewable electricity generation and space heating in the longer term, perhaps indefinitely.
13 September 2023 Viewpoints
The temptations facing Minister McGrath in framing Budget 2024 are obvious
The budget projections will still show a surplus, albeit diminished, for 2024.
6 September 2023 Viewpoints
EU budget review may bring disagreements
A Europe-wide carbon tax will be resisted by countries which expect to have to pay it.
Colm McCarthy - Combatting fatalism about the planet's prospects
Rather than encouraging the climate change deniers, or questioning the emissions measurement by the EPA, the farm organisations ought to be seeking changes to policy at EU level.
23 August 2023 Viewpoints
Colm McCarthy: A referendum is no solution to our housing crisis
Since there is no constitutional impediment to an effective housing policy, a referendum on housing is a surprising remedy.
16 August 2023 Viewpoints
Colm McCarthy: aviation gets a free ride from indirect taxes
There is no value-added tax on airline tickets, about 90% of which are purchased by travellers who cannot claim the VAT back.
9 August 2023 Opinion
Future funding for broadcasters in Ireland
RTÉ would be in financial trouble if its top-10 star presenters worked for nothing.
7 August 2023 Viewpoints
Tax Strategy Group's pre-budget report
There has also been a steady increase is sales of electric vehicles, which hits fuel tax revenue.
2 August 2023 Viewpoints
Renewable energy race heating up
The cheapest renewable electricity in these latitudes will most likely come from onshore wind.
26 July 2023 Viewpoints
Government has bottled it with Irish Water
By common consent, the water supply and wastewater disposal systems have been failing for decades and change was long overdue.
19 July 2023 Opinion
When the history books are written, they will not be kind to Boris Johnson
Opinion polls show a majority feel Brexit was a mistake and there are calls for a written constitution.
28 June 2023 Viewpoints
Colm McCarthy: Urban sprawl and the small ball game
Growth of distant suburbs, around Dublin in particular, is now a fact on the ground and the delineation of local authority boundaries might as well catch up.
21 June 2023 Viewpoints