High speed rail to the northwest would help alleviate Dublin’s housing crisis and Ireland’s severe regional inequality

2 Mar

Among the problems facing Ireland in 2020, two of the most pressing are the housing crisis in Dublin and severe regional economic inequality. Far removed from Dublin or any of the prosperous regional hubs such as Limerick, Galway or Cork, incomes in the northwest of Ireland (on both sides of the border) are amongst the lowest on the island. By contrast, despite the buoyant jobs market in Dublin, housing in the capital has become extremely expensive in recent years, with … Read more

Why Boris has his eye on a Union-boosting bridge

26 Feb

Julian Smith, formerly Secretary of State for Northern Ireland before he was unceremoniously ejected recently, was the latest in a long line of naysayers to pour cold seawater on plans to build a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland. The hypothetical structure has been dismissed from the start as a vanity project, a folly, even […]

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What do post-liberals really want?

25 Feb

Alongside the battle for votes, there’s the battle of ideas. A small of group of thinkers have been banging on about the excesses of liberalism — both economic and social — for years. For want of a better word, they’re called post-liberals. Like the voters in 2016, they were ignored by the establishment. But now, […]

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Government Drops Heathrow Expansion as Ministerial Priority

19 Feb

Rail Minister and Lancashire MP Andrew Stephenson has been given his portfolio, taking on responsibility for HS2, on top of overseeing the Transpennine route and Northern Powerhouse Rail. The appointment comes following Boris’ commitment to get control of the project’s spiraling costs. Initially the Government estimated the cost of HS2 would be £32.7 billion – […]

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British Ports Already Jostling for Freeport Status

10 Feb

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak has announced a ten week consultation to rapidly establish ten freeports across the UK, covering sea, air, and rail ports. The ports, once designated as free, will have no domestic taxes levied on any goods within them. Taxes will only be levied when a product leaves the freeport, […]

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