Pat Kenny Show: The Friday Panel

We were part of the ‘Friday Panel’ on Pat Kenny’s show on Newstalk, the other guests were MEP Nessa Childers and Fr. Peter McVerry. Shane Coleman was sitting in for Pat that day and we talked about all sorts of topics from bankers to country music and the Pope!

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Talking Point with Sarah Carey: the role of unions, joined by John Moynes, Gerald Flynn & Karl Deeter

I had the pleasure (and it was fun I admit) of joining Sarah Carey on talking point on Saturday. The thrust of the show was about unions (or ‘labour price fixing cartels’ as I like to call them) and their general role in a modern economy. I did try to make some fairly polarised anti-union arguments, but in truth there are always nuances and they get brushed over in any debate even when you don’t try to take a one sided approach.

The pro’s and con’s of unions are many, and some were learned first hand (I mentioned a few of them). Sarah presided well over the shower of troublemakers lovingly called ‘the panel’. John Moynes and Gerald Flynn also did a fine job of justifying the necessity for labour unions in the workplace, they even managed to do it without getting angry at me and I did try to give them every opportunity.

A special hats off to …

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Landlord statistics are wrong…. depending on how you read them!

I had a wonderful debate today on Newstalk where we discussed the rental market, Threshold sent in their Chairperson Aideen Hayden. The debate was very informed, in particular Aideen was very sharp in the area of tenancy laws, I learned a lot during this interview.

Naturally there are always a few corrections – she corrected me twice; once on sub-letting and again on a statistic that I took from the PRTB annual report (going so far as to mention that she is on the board of the PRTB and that therefore I was wrong).

Alas, I have to offer a correction in return to a PRTB board member & chairperson of Threshold who is currently undergoing her PhD in Housing and who has a degree in Economics (all of these things were mentioned to me in backing up her argument [on and off air]); see the graph below – taken from page 33 …

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