Radio Interview with Bradford Community Radio

This was an interesting interview I did with Marie McCahery on her show called “Why don’t economists?” for Bradford Community Radio. In the interview I discuss the work I have been doing on local public banking and my reaction to the banking inquiry report. An example of community radio going where mainstream media will not go. […]

Launch of First County Broadband Action Plan

Last week Louth became the first county in Ireland to launch a Broadband Action Plan. In my role as Chairman of Louth County Council’s Economic and Enterprise Strategic Policy Committee I am proud of Louth’s leading role in recognising the increasingly essential nature of access to a fast, reliable internet connection for businesses. Read more […]

PPP for Social Housing “unacceptable and unaffordable”

Louth County Council are looking for expressions of interest from private developers in respect to land that they want to develop for social housing. I regard using the route of public private partnership by the council for provision of social housing is unacceptable and unaffordable. Read more about my reaction in the Dundalk Democrat here  

Banking Inquiry exposes lessons for the whole EU

Banking Inquiry exposes lessons for the whole EU   ECB failed to act as lender of last resort and the European Council failed to show real political solidarity   Cllr. Mark Dearey, Green Party Finance Spokesperson, today responded to the publication of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry report.   “We commend the effort that was taken […]

Irish banks’ SME rip-off shows need for public banking

Irish banks’ SME rip-off shows need for public banking   The Green Party today claimed that the recent news that Irish SMEs are paying higher than average interest rates shows the urgent need for public banking.   Cllr Mark Dearey, Green Party Spokesperson for Finance said: “The recent news that SMEs in Ireland are paying […]

Dearey warns on ‘false promise’ of tax cuts and spending increases

Voters have a choice between auction politics or investment in public services 8th January 2016 Politicians can’t have it every way when it comes to managing the public finances, warned Green Party Spokesperson for Finance, Cllr. Mark Dearey, responding to a week of election promises on tax cuts. Speaking today, he said “Parties promising low tax, […]