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406,000 dole claimants in 2016, broad Irish jobless rate at 18%
Irish working-age disability recipients up 40% in 2006-2014
UK EU Brexit could cut Irish trade by 20% or maybe not
Low pay in Ireland; Lowest social security & corporate taxes in Europe
Misleading economic statistics
London top global financial centre; Dublin moves up to 46 rank
Benchmarking Irish food & drinks industry in 2015 - Part 1&2
The idiot/ eejit's guide to distorted Irish national economic data

CORPORATION TAX

US Tax Reform Failure- Warns EU with never-used 82-year-old law

Ireland: Apple's foreign tax rate rises to 6% from 2% in 2012
US$7.6tn hidden in tax havens - almost half annual US GDP
Ireland & Beps Tax Reform: Services exports to drop 50%
Dell hugely benefited from Irish, Dutch, Singaporean tax havens
Irish overseas 'contract manufacturing' mainly tax avoidance
Germany and UK agree to restrict 'patent box' tax incentives to local R&D
Apple says it may have to pay Ireland back tax; Foreign tax rate at 4.4%
Double Irish tax scheme axed; Conventional wisdom wrong again - Part 1 & 2
Ireland's small gain from Apple's possible EU tax probe payment
Irish corporate tax policy like property bubble driven by short-term interests
US-Ireland Tax Inversions 600,000+ staff: Kenny, Noonan met with top US corporate lawyers
Apple's principal Irish company became stateless for tax purposes from 2006
Remarkable international progress in fight against tax evasion and corporate avoidance
US company profits per Irish employee at $970,000; Tax paid in Ireland at $25,000
Bono struggling again as anti-poverty campaigner and tax avoider

INNOVATION

Switzerland, Netherlands, Nordics lead 2015 patents to population

Firms in Japan, US, France account for 85% of Top 100 innovators

Irish Innovation 2020 Strategy Report: Wish list based on distorted data
Startup Ireland: Evidence-based revolution to make a difference
Irish, US firms with Irish HQs raise €415m to end Sept 2015
Most global tech startup exits have no venture capital funding
Heat levels in Middle East may rise beyond human endurance
Irish Innovation/ Entrepreneurship needs more focus than tax
Most global tech startup exits have no venture capital funding
Irish patents activity in 2014 remained poor
Business dynamism/ employer firm startups in US secular decline

Europe produces 13 $1bn+ "unicorn" startups in one year; London is Europe's digital capital

Innovation Union Scoreboard 2015: Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Germany are on top
UK and Irish business R&D heavily reliant on foreign-owned firms
Growing ICT sector in Europe accounts for 5% of employment
Ireland: Innovation with or without R&D/ scientific breakthroughs
Startups vs Scaleups: 4% of UK startups have 10+ employees 10 years later
Irish patent filings at European Patent Office fell in 2014
Israel's Startup Nation not a jobs engine; Nor is Irish high tech
Dublin Web Summit 2014: Separating hype and reality

EU Industrial R&D Scoreboard: Tax-inverted brass-plate companies dominate in Ireland

Research on 3,000 tech startups since 1980: Grow fast or die slow
Innovation: When Swiss quality is a barrier to success abroad
Web Summit 2014: Robots, humans and fallible technology
Replacing the Double Irish with Knowledge Development / Patent Box - Part 2
Irish Universities: Ready to change and world class at what price?
Dreams of European Silicon Valley & 1685 Revocation of Edict of Nantes
Computer coding is a trade that doesn't need college degree
Many high growth firms either fail or fade - Part 1
Top 1% of entrepreneurial firms in 10 countries account for 40% of job creation among startups
The Uber app economy and disruptive innovation - Part 4
Graphene: Discovery in UK commercial gains elsewhere?
Startups plunge as small number of big firms dominate key global business sectors
Imbalance in focus on tech and non-tech entrepreneurship in Ireland & elsewhere - Part 1
Up to 90% of US high tech startups fail; System of failure by design? - Part 2
Ireland: Why not a prize for failed entrepreneur of the year? - Part 3
Global Tech Cluster Rush: More failures than successes likely - Part 1
Global Tech Clusters: Dublin's Silicon Docks - - marketing label or cluster? - Part 2
World's Tech-Ready Countries 2014: Finland on top again; Ireland at 26th
Europe's top ICT Hubs: Munich, London, Paris in lead; Dublin with rank of 16
Irish Innovation: Startup fever and Ireland's dumb enterprise policy - Part 1
Irish Innovation: Israel as Startup Nation, why not Ireland? - Part 2

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Sales of Irish tech firms create 300 millionaires in 15 years and no scaleups

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Greece and other poor countries in Euro Area will not become rich

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Decoupling of per capita GDP, productivity, private employment, and median family income in America

FDI into Europe at record in 2014; UK on top: Germany location for future investment

Ireland: Coalition drops 2018 full-employment target

Tackling Inequality: Scandinavian countries have the most successful welfare systems in Europe

UK and Irish business R&D heavily reliant on foreign-owned firms  - why is commercialisation of invention so poor in the UK and Ireland?

Top 10 of world’s 250 largest consumer products companies account for 30% of sales

Family-controlled firms dominate Europe

US study on FDI into Ireland flawed; Ambassador says "incredible"

Sales of Irish tech firms create 300 millionaires in 15 years and no scaleups

Investment struggles as dividends/ share buybacks at top US firms to exceed $1tn in 2015

Growing ICT sector in Europe accounts for 5% of employment

Dublin's Silicon Docks 2015: Separating hype and reality

Commodities price supercycle ends after century of price falls - Parts 1 & 2

Price/Earnings multiple for Dublin houses is double 1993 level

Dublin Web Summit 2014: Separating hype and reality - Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder of the Web Summit commented in a tweet: "Phenomenal level of research + info in this post about Irish tech policy & startups in general"

Ireland: Superlatives galore - with economy achieving "escape velocity"

43% of rise in H1 2014 GDP from manufacturing overseas - Irish Fiscal Council

The idiot/ eejit's guide to distorted Irish national economic data - the real world and official misinformation using distorted data.

Ireland not among top 67 destinations for Chinese outbound FDI in 2014

Globalization's new normal needs permanent underclass - Part 1 - 3

Double Irish tax scheme axed; Conventional wisdom wrong again - Part 1

Replacing the Double Irish with Knowledge Development / Patent Box - Part 2

Dysfunctional development land systems in UK and Ireland - Part 1 & 2

Focus on Irish food industry's bigger potential than chemicals or high tech

Entrepreneurship Myths: Incubators useless? Peak age to start? Cloning Silicon Valley?

Apple's principal Irish company became stateless for tax purposes from 2006

Declining regular work; Rising low-paid freelancing in Ireland & elsewhere - Part 1-4

Irish Economy 2014: Public pay and pensions bill down 6% since 2007

OECD BEPS Project: Ireland should embrace corporate tax reform - - includes analysis of underperforming indigenous tradable sector

Dublin Housing Crisis: 75 item laundry list doesn't make a strategy

Europe's top ICT Hubs: Munich, London, Paris in lead; Dublin with rank of 16

Economic convergence is a myth in Europe and in emerging economies

US company profits per Irish employee at $970,000; Tax paid in Ireland at $25,000

Irish Budget 2014: Half of Ireland's population on welfare

Nokia, Europe and Japan's old companies versus US young champions

Finnish lessons for Irish education?

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CRH, Ryanair, BOI, Kerry account for 66% of value of Irish shares

ESRI wants Irish land tax - not overall remedy for housing crisis
Irish commercial property returns in 2014 among highest in world
Irish commercial property returns +25.9% in year to September
New Irish housing units in 2015 forecast at only 10,000
Dysfunctional development land systems in UK and Ireland - Part 1 & 2
Irish Stock Exchange: Born in 1793 - slowly dying in 2013
Established industries often beat new technology investment returns
Ireland's ISEQ share index up 14.5% in 2014; Ryanair up 56.5%

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Irish mortgages paid in 2014 at 1976 level; Half of house sales paid in cash

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Tax burden rising on workers in OECD countries Commission on Taxation Report 2009 - - Proposals on Irish tax overhaul
G-20 to support major corporate tax reform; 'Golden age' of no taxes over
Benchmarking income tax to attract Irish emigrants home - spin or substance?

Ireland's defence of Apple in EU state aid tax case is a sham

OECD: Faster job creation unlikely to return employment rates to pre-crisis levels
Typical American household income in 2013 was below the 1989 level
World set for 13 'super-aged' countries by 2020 up from 3 today
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