BUSINESS FEATURES - IRISH EXAMINER

Only local councils can save our city centres

Anybody who has been around North America will be familiar with the fact that there are few city centres as we know them. The only businesses apparent in what would normally be the city centre are office block after office block interspersed with service industries feeding or supplying those who work in the office blocks. By and large they are soulless places.

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WWA puts Ireland on the global tourist map

This is an unalloyed and exuberant shout out for the Wild Atlantic Way (WWA), one of Ireland’s cleverest and most cost-effective initiatives to exploit its tourism resources. 

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Pace of global recovery continues to disappoint

The recovery of the global economy from the Great Recession of 2008-09 has been very sluggish and uneven and this remains the case in 2014. Growth in advanced economies was weak at less than 1.5% in 2012 and 2013 and will not be that much stronger in 2014. 

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Time for Super Mario to save day

With anaemic inflation and Ukraine stalling a European recovery, the time is right for the ECB to act, writes Kyran Fitzgerald

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Booming on shoulders of golfing giants

Once Rory McIlroy was seen eating a tube of Wyldsson’s ProMix trail mix during a break in play at the US PGA championship last week, the start-up’s sales have rocketed, writes Trish Dromey

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Leaving Cert offers us lessons in economics

With the Leaving Cert results out, and students awaiting CAO offers, we might wish to consider again some of the problems of the second-level system, and in particular how basic economic principles can help us towards a solution.

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We must make serious decisions on fracking

The issue of fracking will have to be addressed sooner or later.

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Concern technology is making slaves of us

Last week, the chief executive of a fast-growing US IT company hit the eject button and resigned.

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eDay: Is your business prepared?

EDay is just around the corner and marks the cut off for when Irish Public Sector Organisations and Government stop accepting and issuing cheques. Cerri Killworth highlights the issues and provides the answers to many questions surrounding the move.

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Eurozone recovery remains stuck in first gear

The outcome of last week’s August meeting of the ECB’s governing council was in line with market expectations, with no changes to monetary policy.

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Housing crisis: Private enterprise, public interest

If we are to solve the housing crisis, the State must lever private finance but also provide adequate infrastructure, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Taking a bite out of the snack market

With the launch of their dinosaur-shaped crunchy corn puffs, healthier crisp company Veronica’s Snacks is hoping to appeal to children and parents — and not just in Ireland, writes Trish Dromey

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Seduced by the siren of needless monopolies

Two recent government decisions — on postcodes and the ongoing Irish Water installation — show the lack of basic economic logic at the heart of policymaking.

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Tax cuts in Budget 2015 would be premature

In relative terms, the Government is being inundated with good news on the economic and financial front at the moment.

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Government needs water levy cash flowing in

The way that Government approached the introduction of water charges clearly points to an administration intent on reaching even deeper into our pockets and mopping up whatever money it can to sustain itself as it seeks re-election in 2016.

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Benefits of living and working here apparent

Yesterday morning, I was leaning over a fence on Sherkin Island.

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Brussels considers handing back reins of reform to Athens

Brussels is considering scrapping the troika that supervises Greek reforms to allow Athens to pursue its own plan to bolster the economy — in return for a drip-feed of debt relief, according to European officials.

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Fed rate hike may come sooner than expected

Last week’s second-quarter GDP report from the US showed that the economy has rebounded after a weak start to the year.

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Transparency mantra no more than a mirage

So, were they small steps for a newly-found accountability?

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Greencore earnings are on target

Greencore has reported a near 7% year-on-year increase in third-quarter revenues, adding that it remains on track to meet full-year earnings targets.

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Spotlight on UK rate hike as recovery picks up

Last week’s preliminary estimate of UK second-quarter GDP showed that the economy continued to maintain its strong momentum.

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