Andy Storey is a lecturer in political economy at University College Dublin and a board member of human rights group Action from Ireland (Afri).
Andy: Let's Talk About Dublin's Ties to the Saudi Regime
If Shannon is the obvious fulcrum of Irish collusion with Saudi human rights abuses, Dublin’s financial services may be a less obvious, but no less important, one, writes a UCD political economy lecturer.
Andy: Irexit? That Would Be Economic Self-Harm
Irexit would generate even worse economic outcomes than Brexit alone, research from two economists suggests.
Andy: Ireland Is Still Open for Business ... in Tax Avoidance
Recent research finds that large pharmaceutical companies shift profits to and through Ireland to cut their global tax bills. It isn’t fair, writes UCD political-economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: The High Cost of Childcare Perpetuates Inequality
“The problem can, realistically, only be resolved by state intervention,” writes a UCD political-economy lecturer.
Andy: It's Wealth, as Much As Income, That Is a Taxing Issue
Incomes are growing but not as fast as rents – and not so much as to outweigh the advantages of inherited and other wealth, writes a UCD political economy lecturer.
Andy: Ireland Needs to Reduce Its Dependence on a Handful of Multinationals
Right now, a blow to even a single large player could have serious consequences for a lot of real jobs, writes UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Neutral Ireland Shouldn't Be Increasing Military Spending
A significant increase in military spending seems no more prudent a use of scarce resources than the hire of luxury limousines, writes UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: From the "Double Irish" to a "Green Jersey", Ireland Remains a Tax Haven
After Apple was called out for its tax arrangements in 2015, it changed things up. Now, it avoids tax through what some researchers are calling a “green jersey” routine, writes UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Would Drumm Have Got Away with It If He'd Gone to the Right School?
Maybe if he’d gone to one of Ireland’s elite fee-paying schools, Drumm would – like Peter Sutherland – have learned how to deflect criticism of the damage he did.
Andy: We Need to Tackle Airbnb and Short-Term Lets
Ultimately, we need more public housing. But that shouldn’t stop the government regulating short-term lets in the meantime, writes UCD lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Reluctance to Spend Is Down to Dublin's Choices, Not Brussels' Rules
“The EU’s rules are malleable and they can be challenged by governments with the resolve and backbone to do so,” writes UCD political-economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Entitlement Is Rife in Ireland's Education Sector
Elite schools expect, and self-righteously demand, state support – while less-wealthy schools struggle, writes UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Should the Government Really Be Lauding New Flights to China?
They were pitched as unambiguously good, regardless of what they help do to the very sustainability of life on earth, writes a UCD political economy lecturer.
Andy: Why Do We Put Up with the State Subsidising the Wealthy?
It makes no sense to give hundreds of thousands of euro in sports grants to wealthy colleges, and golf and yacht clubs, writes UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Direct Provision Is a Human Rights Issue, Not an Economic One
Some critics of Direct Provision highlight the potential economic contribution that is being wasted, but that is not the main reason the system is wrong, writes UCD lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Fines Aren't Enough for Misbehaving Bankers – They Should Go to Jail
The moral relativism applied to bankers goes missing in other areas of public policy, writes UCD lecturer Andy Storey. Would Leo Varadkar have run a campaign with the slogan “banking cheats cheat us all”?
Andy: Some High-Profile Drug Dealers Aren't Under Enough Scrutiny
Irish crime correspondents could use a wider definition when they discuss the nefarious activities of organised drug gangs – one that includes Big Pharma, writes a UCD political economy lecturer.
Andy: On the ECB's Cosy Links with Banks It's Supposed to Supervise
It was satisfying to see European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly fire a shot across the bows of the European Central Bank last week, writes a UCD political economy lecturer.
Andy: It's Hard to Argue that Ireland Isn't a Tax Haven
The EU has left Ireland off its list of tax havens, but it shouldn’t have. After all, Ireland allows corporate revenues to flow through in a way that denies tax rightfully due to other jurisdictions, writes Andy Storey.
Andy: Don't Increase the Price of Cheap Drink, Increase Taxes on All Drink
Imposing a minimum price on alcohol would enrich big drinks companies. Upping taxes on all alcohol would achieve the same public-health aims, but steer the cash to state programmes instead, writes Andy Storey.
Andy: Dublin Is Well into Recovery ... for Some
A recent government report noted that Dublin is doing much better than the rest of the country. That’s true, but not everyone in the city is benefiting equally, writes UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: The European Central Bank Isn't Going to Save Us
We don’t need European intervention to adjudicate in the tracker-mortgage scandal. The Irish government just needs to do its job, says UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: To Make Dublin a Playful City for All, We Must Dig Deeper
The ambition of making Dublin “the most playful and child-friendly city in the world” runs up against the structural inequalities and political choices that ensure much greater opportunities for some than others, writes Andy Storey.
Andy: Higher Wages Are Good for Business (Long-Term)
While it might seem attractive to individual employers, reliance on low wages and poor working conditions is not a recipe for broad-based economic success, political economy lecturer Andy Storey writes.
Andy: What Lurks in Ireland's "Shadow Banking" Sector?
New research offers a fascinating glimpse into Dublin’s shadow-banking, where tax avoidance and other dubious practices are the order of the day, writes Andy Storey.
Andy: Should Ireland Host the Men's Rugby World Cup?
Hosting large sports events bring risks as well as rewards for countries – both of which are likely to be distributed extremely unequally, writes UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Brian Cowen Snags Doctorate, Avoids Accountability
The former taoiseach, as much as anyone, helped to drive the economy off a cliff. His reward? A seat on the board of Topaz, and now an honorary doctorate.
Andy: We Just Don't Do Accountability in Ireland
The rules around conflicts of interest and corruption may be there, but if they are not enforced in the most high-profile cases, then how useful are they? asks UCD lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Here's How to Improve the Plan for Bin Charges
We need to consider the needs of low-income families, and make sure that workers’ rights are protected and recycling is incentivised, writes UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Dublin Is a Rip-off, but It's Not Tourists We Should Worry For
For people at the lower rungs of the income ladder, Dublin’s high cost of living is more than an irritation – it is a full-blown crisis, writes UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Leo Varadkar Represents a Class, More Than Anything Else
Not LGBTQ people, not migrants, and certainly not the interests of the economically marginalized, writes Andy Storey.
Andy: Monetizing People (Seeking Asylum) Is Unforgivable
Leaving the provision of housing to profit-making private-sector actors is bad enough, but charging them with the reception of those seeking refuge from persecution is unforgivable.
Andy: What's the Government Got Against Public Ownership?
The plan to hand over the new national maternity hospital to the Sisters of Charity is just one more symptom of an ideological opposition to the state provision of services.
Andy: Why It Matters Who We Owe Money To
From shopping centres to agriculture, we’re beginning to see why it matters that vulture funds have such a presence here, writes UCD lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Here's a Way to Solve the Housing Shortage
Homelessness for some, unaffordable homes for many others, and super-profits for a few. Yet there is another way, writes UCD lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: What's the Point of the Big Four Accounting Firms?
They made good money before and after the crash. But do such financial engineering services actually do more harm than good? asks UCD lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Why Splurge on Children's Hospital, while Scrimping Elsewhere?
The government does not seem alarmed at the cost of the hospital, even while it squeezes teachers and Bus Eireann over far smaller sums, writes Andy Storey.
Andy: The Tesco Strike Is About More Than Tesco's Workers
In 2015, Tesco group CEO Dave Lewis was paid £4.6 million. By contrast, the workers whose wages Tesco is now trying to cut are paid just over €14 per hour.
Andy: Beyond Silicon Docks, Many Still Not Seeing Recovery
What recovery there has been is selective and very concentrated, benefiting certain sectors, regions (Dublin especially) and some workers over others.
Andy: It Worked When Local Authorities Could Borrow to Build Housing
Public provision of public housing used to be commonplace in Ireland, but then we shifted to rely more on the market. It’s not working, says Andy Storey.
Andy: What Ryanair and the Dublin Airport Authority Have in Common
To stimulate the economy, the ECB is making cheap loans to large corporations, among them, some of Ireland’s.
Andy: Why the Far Right Burns Bright Elsewhere, Fizzles in Ireland
Should we pat ourselves on the back for not (yet anyway) embracing the electoral rise of the far right? Yes and no, writes UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Three Reasons to Worry about the Shannon Pipeline
The case for boosting Dublin’s water supply is unassailable, but there are reasons for concern, writes UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: We Should Not Need Food Banks
One of the most powerful scenes in the coruscating new Ken Loach film “I, Daniel Blake” is set in a food bank in Newcastle, writes UCD lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Let's Count the Ways We Shamefully Mistreat Travellers
Apart from the intense cutbacks and privations they have endured, what distinguishes the situation of Travellers is the racism which they regularly face.
Andy: We Need Funding to Fix Mouldy Classrooms, Not Just Plans
When the children of St Mochta’s National School march on Dáil Éireann on Wednesday, they need more than words and plans.
Andy: Here's Why I Support the Bus Strike
Ireland is a low-wage economy and victory for Dublin Bus workers would be a step towards fixing that, says Andy Storey.
Andy: On Casablanca, Clerys and Tax Justice
Only political pressure can help the government finally admit to seeing the bad corporate behaviour all around it, writes UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Taxpayers Should Not Be Subsidising Fee-Paying Schools
Parents who struggle to meet the costs of “free” education are also subsidising the education of those well enough off to afford elite schools, writes UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Console Was Bad, Corporate Tax Avoidance Is Far Worse
The billions in taxes that corporations are legally avoiding paying are a far bigger problem that the millions misappropriated at charities, writes UCD lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: There Are Bad Side Effects to Greater Student Loans
They’re obstacles for low-income aspiring students, they feed inequality, and they debase the fabric of society, says political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Bin Charges Shift Is Part of a Mosaic of Troubling Trends
How can we know if the bin-charge price freezes will lead to the losses the waste companies claim they will, when company accounts are so opaque?
Andy: Brexit Could Open Up Space for European Left
Imagine if Brexit were a first step towards the break-up of the EU, says UCD lecturer Andy Storey. It might signal an end to “the straitjacket of EU neoliberalism” for countries such as Ireland.
Andy: Trees Are Political – They Grow Near Money and Power
Even a cursory glance at Dublin’s past shows how inequality and trees are clearly political.
Andy: The Vulture Funds Are Picking Our Bones
It is remarkable (if unsurprising) that the Irish government has been encouraging the vultures’ entry into the Irish market.
Andy: We Subsidise Climate Change, and It's Not Funny
From peat for power to beef production, Irish and EU subsidies help to make polluting profitable. Last year the rest of the EU cut emissions but Ireland increased them.
Andy: the Arms Trade and Tax Avoidance Meet in Ireland
It is bad enough that Ireland facilitates tax avoidance, but it is even worse that it facilitates the business of death.
Andy: In 1916, They Weren't Fighting to Build a Tax Haven
A powerful economic argument fuelled the drive for independence, but those involved in the Rising didn’t envision a low-tax location for US capital, with homeless children living on its streets.
Andy: Vulture Funds Gorge on Ireland Because the Government Lets Them
It is, in large part, the way in which the state has responded to the property price crash that has allowed vulture funds to be enriched and selected local developers cosseted.
Andy: Sadly, We Didn't Vote for a Fairer Ireland
This was clearly a vote against the governing parties, but it would be wishful thinking to see it as a vote for a fair and equal Ireland, argues UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: The Call to Keep the Recovery Going May Ring Hollow
Fine Gael’s election slogan, which calls on voters to “keep the recovery going”, should, on the face of it, be a powerful mobilising tool for the governing parties. And yet, it may, perversely, prove counter-productive.
Andy: Ireland Is More Corrupt Than New Report Suggests
Despite Transparency International’s latest report, it is no time to be congratulating ourselves on how little corruption apparently takes place in Ireland.
Andy: How Ireland Helps Spread Inequality at Home and Away
That Ireland is an increasingly unequal society is probably not news to most people. What may be less well known is the role Ireland plays in facilitating the rise of global inequality, says political economist Andy Storey.
Andy: Here's Why Dubliners Should Care About a Mayo Natural Gas Field
Far from being a triumph, the coming on stream of Corrib gas represents the culmination of a long process of what can only be described as economic treason, writes UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: Is a Couple Making €140,000 Really in the "Squeezed Middle"?
Under the guise of helping the “squeezed middle”, the government is funneling money upwards to the elite while deepening deprivation for those on the bottom rungs of Irish society.
Andy: In Which the Legal Profession Stomps on the Little People
In Ireland, competitiveness is for little people. When it comes to the golden circle of privileged insiders – including the elite of the legal profession – cost control goes out the window, and transparency and proper regulation go with it.
Andy: Is Our "Economic Recovery" Based on a Silicon Bubble?
It looks like the government is going to use what may well be temporary, one-off tax revenues to fund a giveaway budget designed to buy an election, writes UCD political economy lecturer Andy Storey.
Andy: The Web Summit, the Government, and Property Interests
The government has to challenge property interests if it wants to see Ireland’s tech ecosystem thrive. Otherwise, companies will run off to Portugal.
Andy: The Government Serves Property Interests
On North Inner-City development, rising rents and the homelessness crisis, the government is looking out for property interests, rather than the people’s interests.
Andy: Making Money out of "Old" and "New" Refugees
Private companies have made millions from direct-provision centres for “old” refugees already in Ireland, and someone’s likely to make huge profits from “new” Syrian refugees too, when they arrive.
Andy: Silicon Docks Is Built on a Shaky Foundation
The tech boom in Dublin’s docklands has been made possible by a flow of cheap cash from America. But that won’t last forever; interest rates will rise.
Andy: Ireland Helps European Banks Avoid Paying Taxes
Banks are under-reporting profits where they actually carry out much of their work, while they are over-reporting them in those tax regimes that offer them the most favourable treatment. Ireland, of course, features prominently.
Andy: Ryanair, and Dublin's Role in Undermining Labour Rights
Dublin is a key hub in a web of labour-undermining schemes. It functions as a crucial “flying column” attacking labour and servicing capital in the EU.
Andy: Dundrum Town Centre and Dublin's Dark Heart
What does Dundrum Town Centre tell us about the political economy of Dublin? Quite a lot, actually: about cultural homogenisation and corruption.
Andy: "Recovery" Based on Exploitation of Low-paid Workers
Cuts to payments for lone parents are meant to push them into work, but Andy Storey questions whether there are decent jobs to be found in a recovery “increasingly based on the exploitation of low-paid and insecure workers”.
Andy: Viva the Grangegorman Squat
In taking over vacant sites, some citizens are making up for government inaction.