Blog Posts

Blog Posts

Blog Posts

Sinn Fein

Sinn Fein versus Sinn Uile (…and no we don’t mean the party)

Most of you will know that ‘Sinn Fein’ means ‘ourselves alone’, but not too many of you are likely to know that ‘Sinn Uile’ means ‘all of us together’? The little word after Sinn is all important to us at ISME because it helps define how we see the world


Winne the Pooh economics

At ISME we get our inspiration from the most wonderful of places. Today, Winnie the Pooh, everyone’s favourite bear, is 90 years old so we thought we might draw on some of Winnie’s wisdom to explain something about inflation in the Irish economy.


Budget 2017, Back to the Future

Brexit, what Brexit? Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose -“the more it changes, the more it’s the same thing”. No we’re not getting high falutin’ here at ISME, just reflecting on yesterday’s budget. Despite the realities of Brexit staring Irish businesses
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Comptroller and Auditor General should investigate the Ploughing Championship

300,000 people will traipse through the event during the week and they’ll see sights from the gargantuan to the curious, from massive combined harvesters to a modest Legion of Mary stand. They’ll also see State waste.

Press Conference

Journalist to blame for Dublin Bus dispute?

“Following a €100m transfer of taxpayer’s money to Dublin Bus its management chose to describe what wasn’t spent from this massive subsidy as a profit.”


ISME refuses to name #unnamed

We’re not going to encourage them so we’re not going to name the organisation that sent this sad catchall news release out today.

Own Goal Blog

Paul Murphy TD and the Brexit fantasy football

4 nil down and we haven’t got to half time. Phenomenal, all own goals.


Charlie Haughey’s toothbrush and Leo Varadkar

It’s in their DNA. Politicians just can’t help taking and giving away what is not theirs.


A Sterling Demand from Business

What we seek is a low cost lending mechanism that can give these struggling businesses some breathing space to help to adjust to the new reality.