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Family businesses need to plan for the future

Recently ranked as the greatest street in Ireland and Great Britain, Cork’s Oliver Plunkett St holds lessons for towns and villages across the country.

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Global events will shape economic and fiscal policy here

For any naïve fool who may have believed that this year’s general election might be characterised by economic and fiscal prudence, these are indeed worrying times.

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Time to put an end to auction politics and empty poll promises

Earlier this week, the highly experienced political strategist and pundit Fergus Finlay wrote that he was “absolutely convinced that the issue of accountability, and how its absence runs the risk of corrupting our State, should be a central issue in the general election campaign”.

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Deflation is haunting global markets

Deflation is haunting global financial markets. The idea that prices, in general, are in a downward track worry everyone from policymakers to investors because it implies over supply or weak demand, neither of which is conducive to economic growth.

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Bank of England in no hurry to hike UK rates

Last week’s meeting of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) concluded, in line with market expectations, for no changes to policy. The Bank rate was kept at 0.5%, where it has been since mid-2009.

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Winning elections is all about using funds wisely

It’s show time again. The party machines have revved up. The soundbites have been polished off. The candidates are out on the road pressing the flesh, occasionally taking time out to gaze up admiringly at their images on their posters.

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‘Brexit’ threat could do serious damage and needs our full attention

With the election under way we can expect the minds and energies of our political leaders to be focused elsewhere for the next month or so. However, the world doesn’t stop when the posters go up.

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The election manifesto of your dreams is left unspoken

Imagine if a politician aspiring to be in the next government stood up and made the following statement to his or her potential voters.

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Public sector reform needs to go well beyond HSE

There’s an old cliché that says ‘health is wealth’. It might seem trite but one of the most important services that our Government is tasked to provide us with our tax is an effective and efficient health service.

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Cork’s US flight path under threat from anti-competitive practices

It appears the planned direct flights connecting Cork with New York and Boston are being put at risk due to a nasty bout of lobbying that unmasks an unedifying aspect of American culture.

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Rate hikes taken off the agenda for central banks

Central banks continue to surprise with their aggressive actions to counteract global forces that are threatening the recovery in the world economy and that are risking a prolonged period of very low, or even negative, inflation.

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Cork firm PMD Solutions eyes global growth

PMD Solutions aims to make its breathing monitor the industry standard across the world, writes Trish Dromey.

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Banking Inquiry recommendations show we are learning no lessons at all

Last year I discovered the phenomenon of binge-watching Netflix. We started off with Breaking Bad, which was quirky but strangely addictive.

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No limit on how infantile political operators can be on social media

I did not watch any of last weekend’s Fine Gael ard fheis, but from time to time I glanced at social media to gauge reaction to what was being said.

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We need a jargon-free election to keep the facts clear

Economic plans should be based on hoping for the best, but planning for the worst. And those of us over a certain age will remember the fear we had to question a teacher when we did not understand what he had said.

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Analysis: ‘Inversions’ again haunt Ireland’s tax regime

When Finance Minister Michael Noonan took action at the end of 2014 to abolish the much-maligned ‘double Irish’ tax loophole, he said it would give certainty to investors in relation to the country’s tax arrangements.

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Ireland to play important role as aviation leasing sector faces challenging year

Ireland’s position as the backbone of global aircraft financing was brought into sharp relief over the past week.

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Mario Draghi vows 'we are not surrendering in front of these global factors'

Volatility remained very high on global financial markets last week.

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Despite rocky start, opportunities exist for investors

Global equity markets began 2016 with such sharp declines that up until the final days of last week, investors were on track to have recorded the worst start to the year in history for several global markets.

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Mastering the 4th Industrial Revolution at the World Economic Forum

As the World Economic Forum works through its four-day review of global challenges in Davos, there may be some who will wonder at the attendance of Taoiseach Enda Kenny at such a gathering and particularly this close to an election.

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Electorate must reward prudence or else risk falling for empty promises

With weeks to go to general election 2016, the political heat is rising.

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Ireland ranks sixth in World Bank and PwC's ease of paying taxes report

It was great to see so many Irish nominations for Oscar awards last week. Most professions have their honours systems, accolades for professional people granted by their peers to honour and recognise achievement.

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Fine Gael is playing risky poll campaign

The other day, Taoiseach Enda Kenny — aka Mr 93% — opined that he was pinning his election hopes on a major programme of job creation over the next five years.

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Irish food industry shows a growing and dynamic segment of our economy

Anyone trying to understand the structure and potential of the Irish food industry has a challenge.

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Risks starting to build up for sterling as growth continues to slow

Growth in the UK economy slowed last year, with GDP increasing by an estimated 2.2%, down from 2.9% in 2014. Meanwhile, inflation was much weaker than expected. The CPI rate in the UK has been stuck at between -0.1% and +0.1% since last February.

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A banking inquiry that failed to examine the banks

Eugene McErlean is an expert on banking and corporate governance and he wonders why the improvements seen in aircraft safety which have resulted from disasters over the last 50 years seem like a distant aspiration when it comes to banking. 

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Finding truth behind fog of China’s economic data

Official economic numbers are famously rubbery. China’s exports to Hong Kong in December rose 30% from the previous month and overtook shipments to the US and the European Union, according to customs data released earlier this week which economists put down to fake invoicing by mainland businesses trying to evade currency restrictions.

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