BUSINESS FEATURES - IRISH EXAMINER

Rise in value of exports means growth is sustainable

Last week saw a series of encouraging GDP reports published in a number of economies. 

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Irish exports hit ‘sweet spot’ amid euro boost

The dying days of July confirmed that Irish exports had indeed hit ‘the sweet spot’, with the release by the CSO confirming services export figures for the first quarter of the year had grown by 15%.

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Debt refinancing looms large for Ireland and other eurozone countries

In the recent press briefing for the National Treasury Management Agency’s (NTMA) 2014 Annual Report, its chief executive Conor O’Kelly highlighted the difficult task facing Ireland in the next few years as a significant level of debt needs to be re-financed.

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X-Bolt Orthopaedics could be snapped up by a major player

Dr Brian Thornes had a light bulb moment when using a bolt to fit a TV on a wall. He’s now reaping the rewards, says Trish Dromey.

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Ireland is not paying ample tax — look at Danish model

Ireland has a tax problem. We don’t, really, as an economy pay as much as we should for the services we want. There, I said it.

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Huge growth drowned out by Irish Water

The whole Irish Water saga took another turn for the worse this week with confirmation from Eurostat that it would not be possible to place the activities of the utility off the State’s balance sheet.

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We need an Irish Water, just not the one we have

The Government might like to wish the political headache away, but Irish Water has not gone away, writes Paul Mills.

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Long-term view key for commodities

Commodities are in freefall. Whether it is milk, oil, gold or iron ore, prices have been tumbling for a number of months. 

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Euro may dip below 70p if UK hikes rate

The recent progress in terms of a solution to the Greek debt crisis has allowed the focus on markets to shift back to underlying fundamentals. 

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Summer downtime can be used to hatch future plans

 

The lives of our politicians and business leaders are too hectic. They should set a few months aside for contemplation, as of old, says Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Inheritance tax should be equitable

Many tax obligations are triggered by life events. Your first job, a house purchase, marriage and retirement are all occasions for getting in touch with an Inspector of Taxes. 

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Minimum wage rise is a blunt weapon

This week, the Low Pay Commission recommended that the National Minimum Wage be increased by 50c to €9.15 per hour — a rise of 5.8%.

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No need to put economy in greater risk

That we are in election mode is as obvious as the proverbial nose on your face. 

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Air leasing firms deserve more support

Aircraft leasing remains at full throttle in Ireland as fresh investment and new orders continue to drive momentum in the sector. 

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Eurozone economy on recovery path

While the recent uncertainty in relation to Greece has generated much negative newsflows for the eurozone, the underlying macro data indicate that the eurozone economy is on an improving trajectory, writes John Fahy.

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Social Democrats will struggle to bring supporters on board

Three respected political figures have combined to form Ireland’s first Social Democratic party but Kyran Fitzgerald wonders if they have a future.

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Alarm bells should have rung much sooner for Nama over Project Eagle

I was talking to the assistant manager from my local bank the other day. Very bright lad, sharp as a tack, the sort who could accurately count your lodgement just by having a quick glance at the size of it out of the corner of his eye.

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NYSE outage a sign to slow down trading

Last week the New York Stock Exchange, the largest and arguably most influential stock exchange in the world, was closed for a few hours. 

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Small nations have to play by the rules

There is a widely held view that Greece is the victim in the whole sorry mess that has evolved in that country over the past few years, writes Jim Power

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Rural towns missing out on recovery

Over the past couple of weeks, I have travelled through rural Ireland, from Sligo to Cork. 

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Early UK rate hike cannot be ruled out

The Bank of England is taking a patient approach in its deliberations in relation to the timing and extent of interest rate increases, writes John Fahy.

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Consumer bill may fall short in protecting against ‘vulture funds’

The Consumer Protection (Regulation of Credit Servicing Firms) Bill 2015 has moved into the final stages of its Dáil review and the Central Bank has started casting its regulatory net to see who will become regulated under the bill.

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Small Business Q&A: Cathriona Rohan from Cathriona’s Hair Salon

In this week’s Q&A Kehlan talks with Cathriona Rohan from Cathriona’s Hair Salon in Castlegregory and Tralee, Co Kerry. Cathriona talks about branching out into business and how she became hairdresser and stylist to the stars.

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Employment law reforms face a possible court ambush

Richard Bruton’s sweeping changes could face a constitutional challenge as some lawyers see themselves being sidelined, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Small Business Column: Food start-ups

What are small and successful food businesses up to asks Kehlan Kirwan? And what traits do people who made a success in food start-ups have? 

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Steely determination from Galway start-up Vision-Built

A Galway-based construction firm showed plenty of vision to shrug off the recession and expand in the UK, writes Trish Dromey.

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Citizens are real victims of Greek crisis

That Greece has been undergoing a slow-motion tragedy, now accelerating, is undoubted by (almost) all commentators. 

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EU hurt by the lack of political will

The ongoing fiasco in Greece is a clear indictment of the inadequacies of the whole Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) concept. 

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Building on agri-food growth blueprint

Food Wise 2025 was published last week and provides an important signpost to those with ambition and drive around the agri-food industry in Ireland.

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Greek crisis risks positive OECD outlook

The latest economic outlook from the OECD, published last month, forecasts that global growth will pick up in 2015 and 2016.

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