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.

A load of old weathercocks

So a State employee (Howlin) wants to use (mostly private sector) taxpayers’ money to pay more to those State employees.

The Lock-Out Fantasy

Less Luas means less people travelling for either business or pleasure (as some call shopping) into the city centre.

Joan Burton T.D. contracts deadly ISME virus

4th February 2016, Politicians normally keep their distance from ISME members because of the possibility of catching ISME fever. The ISME condition makes those infected want to set up businesses and take economic control of their own lives. However, it’s well known in SME circles that most politicians are keen to avoid any chance of picking up this kind of infectious thinking and preferring to peddle State interference and clientelist handouts.

IBEC welcomes competition, but not just yet

18th January 2016, IBEC, the body that is sponsored by State organisations but purports to represent Irish business, has welcomed the appointment of David Begg to the position of Chairman of the Pensions Authority. Some will find it reassuring that despite such rash radical talk that nothing has changed. It’s still jobs for the boys, in this case a part-time positing that pays €100,000 plus expenses.


Today’s CSO figures on earnings and labour costs show once again, the difference between public and private sector earnings.  45% above all average private wages and a massive 69% above average wages in a small business. Here are the bald
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The lunatics have taken over the asylum (again!)

News reaches ISME, a 2nd major retailer, Mothercare Ireland, has gone into examinership following on from yesterday’s news that an examiner was appointed to the company operating 13 Best Menswear stores and two other fashion stores in Ireland. This, despite the much vaunted economic ‘recovery’ that the government has used as a nonsensical excuse to raise the minimum wage by 6%.

Did someone mention election?

We break with our usual format in today’s blog. We simply re-publish, un-edited, an article from stockbroker’s Davy’s Chief Economist, Conall Mac Coille published today, July 22nd 2015.

Raising minimum wage to €10.13 could cost 40,000 jobs?

Very, very few public sector or large company employees are on the minimum wage. Today’s minimum wage of €8.65 an hour is typically paid by small and medium enterprises, typical ISME members in other words. That’s why we know so much about the reality around the minimum wage.