Normally we don’t get asked to discuss matters outside of mortgages and property, but on this occasion we did so on Highland Radio in Donegal. The topic was teacher pay and that the TUI were rejecting the offer being made, our view is that no such offer is likely required at all and that it would be far better to have a full reformation of the teaching year because all other aspects of the debate are largely a false argument.
Irish Mortgage Brokers was featured on RTE’s ‘Frontline’ with Pat Kenny on Monday the 12th of April 2010. The topic of the day was about bailouts for home owners who are in trouble with their mortgages.
Noleen Blackwell of Free Legal Advice Centre was there on behalf of favouring methods to save home owners, and Karl Deeter of Irish Mortgage Brokers was there promoting the use of market mechanisms as a solution, along with arguing the case that for many people, bank ownership of their home is not necessarily a bad thing.
This is a hot topic in Ireland, in particular because many people feel, that taxpayers stepped up to save our banks, so now they should do the same in return.
I met up with Ronan Lyons (economist with Daft.ie) to talk about the ideas of property tax in Ireland, how it might be a fairer way to tax people than stamp duty, or indeed the abscence of property tax [because it rewards/doesn’t tax holding certain assets]. The discussion spread to other ideas in taxation, and eventually we made some predictions (I can already say they are bound to be wrong!) and then we took to the streets and asked Joe Public about their thoughts on the economy and whether or not they had any hope for the future.
If you want to watch the full conversation you can check out the playlist on youtube.
Ronan writes a very interesting blog, you can check it out at http://www.ronanlyons.com what I personally like best about Ronan (other than his affable good nature) is the unique take he has on many topics on Irish Propert (a subject I am very fond of), by utilising the daft database he is …