BUSINESS FEATURES - IRISH EXAMINER

Paschal Donohoe must stay grounded as he faces down the unions

The franchising model of transport deregulation could cut the cost to taxpayers while ensuring service standards, writes Kyran FitzGerald.

 

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Investment environment very strong

At the beginning of last year and at the beginning of this year again, I would have been privately cautious, at least, about the outlook for equity markets, writes Jim Power.

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Aer Lingus’ fate will affect our future

Is the ‘will they, won’t they sell’ saga nearly over for Aer Lingus?

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1916 Centenary celebrations should have eye to the sky

In the run-up to celebrating 100 years as an independent country, there will be many debates about how to mark the progress achieved by our Republic, writes Joe Gill.

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ECB president Mario Draghi

European bond yields dive on QE

The eurozone economy remained weak last year, growing by just 0.9%. Nonetheless, this did represent an improvement compared to the 0.4% and 0.8% declines in GDP recorded in 2013 and 2012 respectively.

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Worrying signs that economic recovery will be lost in rush for votes

As the election looms, the pressure will be on the mainstream parties to dangle carrots at the voters, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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We are fools to believe high tax myth

We as a polity are not big on evidence-based policy. We rather form an opinion, then seek evidence for it, or better yet, stay silent. This leads to sub-optimal decision making, to put it mildly, writes Brian Lucey.

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Irish export model needs nurturing

One of the biggest mistakes policymakers made after 2000 was to disregard the notion that Ireland is, first and foremost, an exporting nation that would never have a domestic market of sufficient size to sustain itself.

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Politicking a risky business for us all

As we head into an election, over the next 12 months, the politicking has started in earnest, writes Paul Mills

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Population growth offers huge benefits

It might surprise you to learn that 17 million people live in a geography the same size as Munster. That geography is the Netherlands where a normal and civilised society can function, despite the challenges that come with having so many people in such a small space.

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Shortage of houses builds on an Irish problem

Last year saw a marked pick-up in residential property prices, which increased by 12.3%, compared to 1.4% in 2013. Dublin led the way, with prices there up 20%, writes Oliver Mangan.

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Irish concerns as political deadlock in Britain looms

Ukip and the SNP are making inroads ahead of the election. Deadlock at Westminster would spell bad news for Ireland, writes 

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Joined-up thinking, there’s a plan

We are not good at joined up planning in this State, writes Brian Lucey.

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Incentivising our teachers makes sense

The week after Easter is synonymous with the annual get-together of the various teachers’ unions.

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Public sector ‘groupthink’ unacceptable

Despite everything we should have learnt, we still refuse to do accountability.

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Enough is enough as we’re already over-taxed

A relative of mine is thinking about buying a new car and it triggered some thoughts about taxation in Ireland.

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Irish State will find it hard to turn its back on workers’ pay demands

A century ago, many ladies could hardly breath, what with those terrible tight corsets, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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So how smart really is the economy?

A perennial trope of the Irish economic debate is that of the “smart economy”. This is to be contrasted, one imagines, with the “dumb politics”. So how smart is the economy?

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Figures boost for Irish Government Coalition amid concern

With just a year to go to a general election, all is going swimmingly well for the Government, at least on the economic front, writes Jim Power.

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Not the time to loosen our purse strings

Taoiseach Enda Kenny faces a dilemma. Above all else, it appears that Enda Kenny wants to be the first Fine Gael leader re-elected after being in the hot seat for four-plus years, writes Paul Mills

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Feelgood factor should be tempered with caution

Economists often struggle to isolate the factors that are driving an economy up or down.

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Currency volatility set to continue

A noticeable feature of foreign exchange markets this year has been much greater uncertainty and volatility, writes Oliver Mangan.

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Warren Buffett

Food for thought: Buffett model will take time to digest

With a merger of Kraft and Heinz expected soon, entrepreneur-led food firms are wide-eyed with optimism for the future, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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