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Why are whistleblowers still not protected in Ireland?

Why are whistleblowers still not protected in Ireland?   As we reflect on what is currently happening, why do we still not have statutory protections in place for whistleblowers?  (See the chapter by William Kingston in Irish Business & Society, where he discusses whistleblowing in the public sector, pp.122-3.)   If such protections had been in place, would we now be dealing with a quite different situation than the one we are in?  Who holds those in charge to account
Why are whistleblowers still not protected in Ireland?

Should Ireland opt for an EU bailout?

Should Ireland opt for an EU bailout?   European Council President, Herman Van Pompuy, today stated ‘we’re in a survival crisis’ and added: ‘We all have to work together in order to survive with the euro zone, because if we don't survive with the euro zone we will not survive with the European Union’.   So, should we go for an EU bailout? For some thoughts on this question, see Megan Greene of The Economist Intelligence Unit, Prof. Constantin Gurd
Should Ireland opt for an EU bailout?

Is business experience needed to run a country?

Is business experience needed to run a country?   An interesting question was asked of the Donegal by-election candidates in last night’s edition of RTE television’s The Frontline (http://www.rte.ie/news/av/2010/1115/thefrontline.html# - starts at 0:51:55): what business experience do you have to run the country?   This question itself raises some interesting questions: Is business experience necessary to run a country?  If so, what sort of experience is good? 
Is business experience needed to run a country?

What can Ireland do to build a sustainable economy moving forward?

What can Ireland do to build a sustainable economy moving forward?   Craig Barrett, ex Intel Chairman, was leading a visit to Ireland of US firms keen to invest in the next wave of Irish tech companies. (See: http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/1115/silicon-business.html.  Also listen to extended interview: http://www.rte.ie/news/av/2010/1115/media-2854821.html.)  Barrett noted that Ireland was not as attractive to inward investors today as it was back in the late 1980s when Intel
What can Ireland do to build a sustainable economy moving forward?

Is Ireland's corporate tax rate at risk?

Is Ireland’s corporate tax rate at risk?   Our EU partners have been rather unhappy about our low corporate tax rate, while multinational CEOs continue to stress the importance of our 12.5% corporate tax rate.  (See the chapter by Donnelly in Irish Business & Society, which alludes to the history of our corporate tax rate, a central plank of our industrial development policy since the 1950s).  If we take the hit for Europe, and accept a bailout, will part of the price
Is Ireland's corporate tax rate at risk?
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