BUSINESS FEATURES - IRISH EXAMINER

We need transparency on tax spend

We need to see transparency in how our taxes are used.

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We need real debate about employment

Amid the vicious gnashing and snarling that has taken over the political agenda in Ireland over recent weeks and months I don’t hear too many voices standing up for those who have already or are currently contemplating emigration.

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Uncle Sam gets gold star for growth

The past week saw news that the Japanese economy had slipped back into recession yet again, with GDP declining in both the second and third quarters of the year.

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Firm aims to transform ear surgery

AventaMed has developed a device which aims to take grommet surgery out of operating theatres and turn it into a quick procedure that can take place in a consultant’s offices. The elective surgery involves the use of small tubes.

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Good and bad in long-awaited employment law reforms

The rules of engagement between employee and employer are undergoing major overhaul. A system that is no longer useful is being transformed. As a result, disputes between workers and their bosses should be resolved much more rapidly.

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The Coalition has only got itself to blame

Tánaiste Joan Burton is subjected to what must have been a frightening ordeal when her car was surrounded by water charge protesters for two hours and she was unable to leave the area in question.

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Pickets won’t resolve issues in meat sector

The stand-off between farming organisations and the beef industry in recent weeks has been an interesting spectacle. Behind the headlines there are a number of uncomfortable truths and it will require much more than pickets to change them.

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Sorry tale of weak growth in eurozone continues

The data published last week on the performance of the eurozone economy in the third quarter of 2014 showed no change to the long and sorry tale of very weak growth. 

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App to keep an eye on the elderly

A wearable app that reports on its wearer’s position promises reliability in caring for the elderly, writes Trish Dromey

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Oil prices on rollercoaster ride as world watches Vienna

A meeting of oil producers takes place next week and the outcome will have a profound impact on the global economy, writes Kyran FitzGerald

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We must not end up back on our knees

If we are not careful we will be back where we started.

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Irish aviation chiefs provide gold standard in leadership

Last week three significant aviation companies provided updates to the stock market on their financial performance.

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Still a long road back to economic normality

The latest European Commission macro forecasts published last week showed that it expects Ireland to be the fastest growing economy in the EU this year, and again in 2015 and 2016. 

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Gallic delicacy with a Gaelic twist

A company called Gaelic Escargot has spotted a huge gap in the export market for snail production, says Trish Dromey.

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Acknowledgement, atonement and moving on from the Crash

It was a busy week on the business and political news front.

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ECB needs to admit that it was wrong

It’s little wonder that the Government has not pressed harder against the ECB’s approach to the banking crisis. Both seem unable to accept that a mistake, once made, should be acknowledged, and that this does not have to represent a humiliating climbdown but rather evidence of a learning organisation.

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ECB letter contains no real surprises

I am somewhat surprised that there is any surprise at the content of the letter that the then president of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet, sent to Brian Lenihan on November 19, 2010.

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Irish Water has had a great fall

On Monday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Government will shortly take decisions on Irish Water that will provide greater clarity about the utility and the charges the public will face. The mind boggles.

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Stock market can still play positive role for investing

The Irish Stock Exchange commissioned research recently that laid out detailed analysis of the exchange’s impact on the economy.

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Headwinds could blow UK economy off course

The most recent GDP data for the UK economy shows that it continues to perform strongly.

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UK opportunity for Cork tax firm

The preparation of tax returns and the processing of payroll for a number of busy central London accountancy firms is now being carried out by start-up company CPC Outsourcing in Bandon, Co Cork.

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer believes that employees need to be physically present in the company's hubs in order to function at their best.

The high-technology sector — transformative but backward

The new Irish Equality and Human Rights Commission has just come into being, following a lengthy gestation period.

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Consumers are crucial to any recovery

The global economic and financial crisis which has been raging for the past seven years passed another significant milestone on Wednesday when the US central bank, the Federal Reserve, ended its latest bout of bond buying, namely quantitative easing mark 3.

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