Daniel McConnell: A fearless whistleblower or a disgruntled crank?
The ESRI and Richard Tol are at war since the economist's bitter departure, writes Daniel McConnell
Published 08/01/2012 | 05:00
It was a most bizarre image. The lead story on the main evening news on RTE showed a scruffy, long-haired foreigner packing up his house to move to England.
This same man starkly warned that despite cuts of over €24bn in government spending since 2008 Ireland faces another decade of austerity.
But most controversially, Richard Tol, non-conformist voice and energy economist, also had some harsh words for his former employers and colleagues in the State's economic think tank, the Economic Social and Research Institute (ESRI).