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JOE GILL: British farmers at risk of ploughing lonely furrow

What on earth must farmers in Britain make of the recent utterances by their Minister for Agriculture, Michael Gove?

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OLIVER MANGAN: More currency volatility seems to be on horizon

A key development in currency markets in 2017 was the strengthening of the euro and weakening of the dollar, writes Oliver Mangan

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BRIAN KEEGAN: Reform of local property tax flaws is overdue

Local property tax (LPT) is back in the news, and not just because the payment arrangements for 2018 are being made around now.

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BRIAN LUCEY: Correlation between studying economics and greed

Economics often has an unfair reputation. In the public mind, economics is conflated with one of two things — either economists are talking about forecasts of the macro-economy, or talking about finance.

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JOHN WHELAN: SME finances face a looming threat from Brexit

Business growth is rolling on and the exchequer is benefiting in no small way.

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PAUL MILLS: Money won’t cure HSE ills

Despite the fact that our health system is overloaded over Christmas every year and despite the fact the Government of the day talks about being better prepared the following year, every year we get it wrong, writes Paul Mills

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OLIVER MANGAN: Eurozone has plenty more capacity for growth

The economic prospects for Ireland’s main export market, the eurozone, look better now than at any time in the past decade or more, writes Oliver Mangan.

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DAVID HOLOHAN: Europe’s shares look attractive as US peaks

Investors experienced a very strong year during 2017, writes David Holohan.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Brexit could still prove to be a manageable complication

The past number of years have seen a stronger than expected recovery by the Irish economy. This has been led by robust export growth, but there has also been a strong rebound in domestic demand, including business investment, construction and consumer spending.

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GEOFF PERCIVAL: Optimistic signs but Government holds key to offshore oil success

The Government, more than external issues like Brexit and oil price movement, will ultimately be to blame if Ireland’s much-touted offshore oil and gas exploration sector fails to bear real fruit, writes Geoff Percival

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JOHN WHELAN: Ireland’s entrepreneurs step up a gear but still a way to go

Nearly a decade since the onset of the recession, we see a new confident breed of companies driving the economy, creating jobs and fuelling government coffers, writes John Whelan

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KYRAN FITZGERALD: KYRAN FITZGERALD: Icebergs loom even as the ship sails on

Our 12.5% corporate tax rate is no longer the big clincher it once was as rivals shrink their rates and the US attempts to lure back multinationals with tax incentives, writes Kyran Fitzgerald

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TRISH DROMEY: TRISH DROMEY: Hedge your bets on money risks

Barry McCarthy tells Trish Dromey his firm’s software provides SMEs an automated foreign exchange solution

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JOE GILL: Lack of invisible infrastructure a glaring issue

Rural Ireland has the potential to tap into that zeitgeist, if the community and political will exists to make it happen, writes Joe Gill

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JOHN DALY: Brexit, Bitcoin, Bezos, and Trump town: The best business reads of 2017

John Daly highlights the best business books of 2017

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BRIAN KEEGAN: It’s the small, innocuous tax hikes that hit hardest

There was no shortage of tax developments this year, some good and some bad, writes
Brian Keegan

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JOHN DALY: 2017 in review: Donald Trump and Brexit stoke fears as rents soar

As we look back at 2017, Brexit and Trump are two words that came to define many of the year’s headlines, says John Daly

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BRIAN LUCEY: Brexit is not a friendly act and we have to invest big

Brian Lucey outlines strategic actions which Ireland could take to ease the blows that will almost certainly accompany Britain leaving the EU.

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KYRAN FITZGERALD: A business year of bubbles and tensions with only one certainty ... the rich got richer

International business appeared almost impervious to the huge political tensions in Korea and the Gulf, as global shares soared and the rich got richer, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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JOE GILL: Buccaneering Ryanair to become a different beast

‘Heavy chop’ is a term used by air traffic controllers and commercial pilots to describe severe turbulence. To manage it belt tightening and calm decision-making are necessary.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Bonds send mixed signals about economic outlook

One of the developments on financial markets that has caught much attention this year has been the flattening of the slope of the US yield curve.

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PAUL MILLS: Battle of big forces at Ryanair

Ryanair is set once again to grab the headlines over the coming weeks as its pilots, or at least some of them, decide to do what their unionised friends always do and that is to disrupt the travelling public at an important time of the year, writes Paul Mills

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JOE GILL: More public investment needed for Cork to thrive

The ‘company’ of Cork is in much better shape that it has been for years, writes Joe Gill.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Too early to tell whether prices and wages will rise

A belief that inflation will stay subdued despite the pick-up in global growth, is driving market expectations that interest rates will remain very low for the rest of this decade.

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KYRAN FITZGERALD: Little room for hot air in energy debate

Ireland is set to travel a bumpy — and very expensive — road in the journey to meet its clean energy and carbon emission reduction targets, writes Kyran Fitzgerald

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TRISH DROMEY: No secret to games success for 9th Impact

An Irish games firm is tapping into 1980s cartoon characters to fund its growth, writes Trish Dromey

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JOHN WHELAN: US tax plan could still prove to be Ireland’s undoing

Pushing my way through the lobby of Google’s European headquarters in Dublin, for an evening meeting, against a hoard of techies from 60 countries exiting the building, was proof enough that there was unlikely to be any sudden change in the status of Ireland as a location for US corporations, writes John Whelan.

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JOHN DALY: Much more to do if STEM is to be a game-changer

The importance of STEM — science, technology, engineering and maths — is a well established fact of modern life, writes John Daly.

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JOE GILL: Cork has all the ingredients to be global food hub

The Cork region, and UCC in particular should become more energised about the global food and drink industry, writes Joe Gill

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PAUL MILLS: Irish citizens deserve answers for 'fragile economy'

So did the decision by Frances Fitzgerald to stand down amount to the end of the drama or did it represent just the end of Act 3, Scene 4? As citizens of this State we need to know the answer.

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