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The global-market links of Ireland’s drugs scourge

On Wednesday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny walked the streets of Dublin’s north inner city.

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It’s time for the EU to relax draconian spend and tax rules

Last Friday I spoke at a Brexit lunch in London, and it turned out to be a rather interesting and illuminating experience.

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Problems with the way ECB sizes the European economy

Mario Draghi’s quantitative easing may look like a precise business; the underlying economics are anything but.

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Bank of England signals August interest rate cut

The July meeting of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) concluded last week with the bank rate left unchanged at 0.5%.

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Brexit clock is not counting down yet

It’s one thing knowing the outcome of the Brexit referendum. It’s quite another thing to act on it.

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‘Leprechaun economics’ will not lead to crock of gold

What a week for the women and men of the Central Statistics Office. Surely never before has the Irish statistical community occupied such a starring role in our national conversation.

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Latest economic growth figures already attracting unwelcome attention

Earlier this week, for the first time in my life, I took a call from a journalist with a Chilean newspaper seeking to understand Ireland’s economic growth rate of 26.3% last year.

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The battle to retain our corporate tax rate is only starting

Over the last several weeks the issue of Brexit has been consuming many column inches, not just here, but across global print and electronic media.

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Agri-food sector faces uncertain future after Brexit

The Irish agri-food industry has been presented with a huge challenge by Brexit. In the very short-term that is manifested in a sharp decline of sterling against the euro.

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Supply, or lack of it, is still the key issue for housing sector

A broad range of indicators continue to reflect an ongoing shortage of supply in the Irish residential property market. 

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Our gas supply is at risk as UK quits the EU

For an oil and gas explorer, the news that the Brexit referendum result was a “seismic” shift in favour of Leave made compelling reading. Brexit is a timely reminder of the potential future energy issues that might be faced by the island of Ireland.

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Ireland takes a shot at entering the €5bn space race

While Europeans were focused on the Brexit vote, others, further west, were gazing toward a more celestial horizon, and a new world of commercial possibilities.

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Time to fix mortgage crisis while sun shines

The most direct casualty of Brexit so far appears to be the UK’s property investment funds industry, with six funds worth over £15bn (€17.5bn) now refusing to allow savers access to their cash.

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Government already looks to be losing Brexit PR battle

As he spoke to reporters at Dublin Castle during the week, the Minister for Finance said something odd about Brexit.

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Ireland must adopt measured approach to Brexit challenge

Since the Brexit referendum there has been quite a bit of criticism of the Irish Government because it has not come out and published a contingency plan for Ireland to deal with the UK decision.

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Why Michael Noonan is right to downplay UK corporate rate pitch

Maybe it’s just me, but when a politician — particularly one as senior as the finance minister, and especially when that minister is wily old Michael Noonan — tells us that Britain reducing its corporation tax to 15% is no big deal, I begin to wonder what I’m not being told.

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Growth set to slow but Ireland strong facing into new risks

Global markets have regained some sense of calm following the turbulence that followed the unexpected result of the UK referendum that saw a vote to leave the EU.

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The EU 27 will address their own political needs first

No sooner had the Government released its Summer Statement – its plan for the 2017 budget and the following years - than the news broke of the UK decision to leave the EU.

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Airlines counting the Brexit cost may opt for Ireland

Airlines with high exposure to the UK have taken a bashing due to worries by investors about the threat to the airline membership of the single European aviation market following the Brexit vote.

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For markets, the first key date in the Brexit talks is September

It is absolutely true that the markets got the Brexit referendum outcome totally wrong. That said most of the negativity, selling and re-pricing have been reversed as we settle into the process. And that is what it is now — a process.

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Irish officials wait anxiously for shifts of key policies in both Britain and Brussels after Brexit

It has been quite a week. Students of the dark arts of politics have been left with plenty to savour.

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Post-Brexit focus should be economic, not market driven

The result of the Brexit referendum last Friday gave me a mild surprise but I was not totally shocked.

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Law of unintended consequences hits the English and EU

Many of the problems placed at the door of the EU by the Leave campaign had much more to do with the global economy and global competition than the EU.

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Is this what the UK and EU will look like in 2019?

It’s the summer of 2019, three years after the UK stunned the world by voting to leave the EU. The UK has regained its economic and financial footing, as well as its national confidence. A smaller, and more unified, EU now functions more coherently.

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Uncertainty the main factor weighing on activity in short-term

The vote to leave the EU in the UK referendum last week is likely to have profound economic and political consequences for it, Ireland and the EU.

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Time for executives to prioritise employees’ needs

Our labour market has been tightening for some time and surprise, surprise, employers are starting to display considerable interest in the welfare of the people on their payroll, particularly those with portable skills.

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