BUSINESS FEATURES - IRISH EXAMINER

Some taxing solutions on Piketty thesis

Matt Rognlie is a fun and a very smart guy. 

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ESRI must wake up to reality

For those who have chosen to believe that the economy would never emerge from its calamitous collapse after 2008, these continue to be challenging times, writes Jim Power.

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An ill wind blowing for the Irish taxpayer

Why is it State sector bodies have a beginning, and maybe a middle, but no end?

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Mizen Head

We should leave rip-off tourism in the past

I was standing at the tip of Mizen Head last Saturday morning when a combination of a still Atlantic and blue skies created a scene neither Lucas Films nor Disney could replicate with a billion dollars.

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Fed keeps its options open on interest rate increases

As expected, last week’s US Federal Reserve’s March meeting statement dropped the reference to the Fed being ‘patient’ in regard to increasing interest rates. 

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Long-planned merger of two cement giants on shaky ground

On Sunday afternoon a week ago, Bruno Lafont, the chief executive of Lafarge took a call from Wolfgang Reitzle, the chairman of Swiss cement company Holcim, seeking to merge with its French rival. He had bad news.

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University of Limerick

Nanotech risks must be managed

Ireland has a global reputation for leadership in nanotechnology, with three of its largest industries directly impacted by nano-science: Medical devices, pharmaceutical drugs, and information and communications technology.

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Sinn Féin success could derail the recovery

The exodus of Irish government ministers overseas for St Patrick’s Day has attracted the usual criticism from expected quarters.

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Time for buck to stop with transgressors in Ireland’s economics

Harry S Truman, US president in the late 50s, is credited with not only using the phrase ‘the buck stops here’ but also having a sign on his desk with that phrase on it, writes Paul Mills. 

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Economic growth must be backed by balance and respect

A powerful and positive dynamic is underway in the economy.

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Reasons to be optimistic on the state of the Irish economy

The National Accounts data for 2014 released by the CSO last week showed the economy expanded 4.8% on a GDP basis and 5.2% on a GNP basis last year as the recovery in activity gathered momentum.

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Bruising high-stakes game of finances in a low-key arena

A profits warning put paid to Philip Smith’s tenure at the insurer RSA. He claims he had no alternative but to leave, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Craft brewer has plenty of bottle

Wicklow Wolf has ambitious export plans to the US after planting 10 acres of hops just two years ago, writes Trish Dromey.

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Joined-up thinking is sadly lacking

We aren’t good at joined-up thinking in this State. 

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Weak euro will help economic recovery

Foreign exchange markets are always characterised by a certain degree of volatility and tend to be pushed about the place by short-term economic and political developments. 

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No silver bullet for Cork Airport

Over the past several months reports and articles on Irish aviation have substantially focused on only one issue, but Cork airport has other problems, writes Paul Mills.

 

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We can’t take US investors for granted

A recent presentation organised by the American Chamber of Commerce underlines the strategic value of Ireland as an investment location for large US companies, writes Joe Gill.

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ANALYSIS: Tentative signs of life in eurozone economy

The latest eurozone GDP data show that the economy expanded by 0.3% in the fourth quarter of 2014. For the full year 2014, the eurozone economy grew by a very modest 0.9%.

 

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Evidence of recovery is compelling

There are still many out there who either refuse to admit that a compelling recovery is under way in the economy or simply do not believe it. The fact is that the evidence is there for all to see and is being added to on a weekly basis.

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ANALYSIS: Mortgage arrears will limit Irish recovery unless it is addressed 

Way back in the mists of time, while studying business at second level, one of the most basic questions set forth in a textbook was: ‘What is the role of a bank?’

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Agri-food industry reaping the rewards

Some serious wealth is being created within the Irish agri-food industry in a very short period of time, writes Joe Gill.

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Employment figures put economy on firm footing

Labour market figures published by the CSO last week for the final quarter of 2014 contained further good news on the Irish economy, writes Oliver Mangan.

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