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Marc Coleman presents "The Marc Coleman Show on Newstalk 106 to 108 writes an economics column for the Sunday Independent newspaper, and a regular speaker on economic and policy issues. He is a former European Central Bank Economist, a former Economics Editor of the Irish Times and holds a scholarship MBA from UCD and has authored 2 bestselling books, one predicting Ireland's crisis and also its recovery (The Best is Yet to Come 2007), the other advocating structural reforms in Ireland's economy (Back from the Brink, 2009). He has been criticised for his opposition to the excessive power of trade unions in the public sector but is himself a member of the National Union of Journalists and his radio show provides regular representation to trade union viewpoints, although Coleman himself is regarded as center right.
Coleman was born in Dublin but lived as a child in Erlangen, Bavaria before returning to Ireland in the mid-1970s. He was a member of Fine Gael in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Coleman started work in Carr Communications in 1993 before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs as a diplomat early in 1994. In March he switched to the Department of Finance where he worked as an economist on competitiveness and forecasting issues. While in the Department of Finance he completed an M Econ Sci in UCD. In 1997 he joined the European Central Bank staying there until 2004 and taking one year out between 2001 and 2002 to obtain qualifications in the London School of Economics (certificate in econometrics) and Kiel Institute of World Economics (Advanced Studies Programme). After returning to the ECB he worked for two years as its Irish desk economist. In 2004 he was awarded a scholarship to do an MBA at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business (UCD) and returned to Ireland. In 2005 he was hired by the Irish Times The Irish Times as its Economics Editor, a post he held between 2005 and 2007. He joined Newstalk in September 2007 as its Economics Editor and was given his own show in 2009. The show "The Marc Coleman Show" now broadcasts each Sunday. Coleman also writes for Ireland's largest Sunday paper, the Sunday Independent, and regularly speaks at public events in Ireland and internationally.
Coleman's publications prior to joining The Irish Times included articles in the ESRI Quarterly Economic Commentary, the Jesuit publication Studies, Administration magazine and Magill magazine.
In 2011 he stood unsuccessfully for the Seanad for a University of Dublin seat
Economics Editor, Columnist and Author"
Between 2005 and 2007 Coleman produced several articles warning of Ireland's coming economic crash.
Counter intuitively, Coleman published a book with a positive title the following year. Entitled The Best is Yet to Come it repeated many of his warnings about a possible impending crisis in chapters 3,4 and 5 and highlighted the unsustainable nature of both the property market and construction Industry in Ireland. But the book retained a positive view of Ireland's capacity to recover and forecasted that IReland's population would continue growing despite crisis. Between 2006 and 2013 - the period of the crisis - Ireland's population rose from 4.2 to 4.6 million according to Ireland's Central Statistics Office data. Coleman maintains this will provide a basis for restored prosperity by 2020.
Late in 2009, Coleman published "Back from the Brink" in which Coleman prescribed policies that he argued would accelerate economic recovery in Ireland and the world, such as overhauling the financial regulatory system that existed before the boom, reforming Ireland's political system and shifting growth from construction and property .
Common topics for discussion on his radio shows on Newstalk are: the state of the economy, social issues, the quality of media coverage of politics and renewing Ireland's party political system. He as a former statistician expressed skepticism about some polls evidence on referenda results.
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- ireland.com - The Irish Times - Fri, May 04, 2007 - Rival coalitions still poles apart
- Marc Coleman www.electionsireland.org
- "He Had a Good Run but now the Celtic Tiger is in Trouble" [Irish Times July 6th 2006] and the failure of regulation. One article, published in the Irish Times on March 31st 2006 began with the words "Stop the economy I want to get off."
Articles by Marc Coleman
- 2005 article in the Sunday Business Post[dead link]
- Article in Studies on "God and the European Constitution"
- Irish Bank Officials Association quotes a Coleman article in a press briefing
- Commentary on House Prices for the Daft Report Q2 2006
- Multi-generational mortgages