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Colm McCarthy is a commentator, economist, lecturer and writer from Ireland. After graduating in Economics from UCD and the University of Essex, McCarthy’s career history has been quite notable, having worked at the Economic and Social Research Institute as well as the Central Bank of Ireland and DKM – the economic consulting firm.

McCarthy is most markedly one of three members of The Expenditure Review Committee, otherwise known as “An Bord Snip”, which was established by the government to recommend cuts in state spending within 1987. McCarthy later came to chair An Bord Snip Nua in 2008, commonly becoming known as the “McCarthy Report”. Likewise, McCarthy also writes a regular column for the Dublin Sunday Independent, primarily focusing on economic policy issues including topics like Brexit. McCarthy has now been lecturing in Economics at UCD since 2005.


“This slim volume argues for a tax which could do more to bring about social and economic justice than any other step a government could take. The authors believe that Ireland is in danger of missing a golden opportunity to lead the way.”
Bernadette Meaden, Justice Magazine (pg. 39)