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The last thing we need now is a populist budget

Economist Jim Power hopes Irish politics will not revert to type next month and offer up a populist budget lacking in any real long-term strategic perspective.

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Is EU digital copyright reform a Google news tax?

Many of us have changed our reading habits from hardcopy newspapers and magazines to digital and online services from social media and news aggregators. In the process the original writer, journalist or newspaper owner who developed the content has been lost, ignored and deprived of income due.

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Code Institute: Showing the world how to code

Just a year after launching a coding bootcamp, Code Institute has raised €500k in funding, writes Trish Dromey.

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Alan Shatter's reforms: Wheels of justice set to roll again but still need oiling

As another legal year begins, Kyran Fitzgerald looks at the impact of reforms pursued during Alan Shatter’s tenure as justice minister and outlines remaining bugbears.

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‘Reluctant landlords’ should offer budgetary lesson

As Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohue put together next month’s budget, they will attempt to do something for first-time buyers.

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Budget: No sense in going back to the well to widen tax base

It’s very obviously that time of the year again when Government is in the process of making its final adjustments to its budget for the coming year.

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Ludgate Hub: Wake up and smell the digital coffee

Last week, my wife and I were tootling around West Cork for a few days. We do it on a regular basis to remind ourselves how lucky we are to live in a country festooned with natural beauty.

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Irish economic growth is slowly beginning to lose some of its momentum

The publication, by the CSO, of National Accounts and Balance of Payments data for the second quarter of the year did not attract the same degree of public commentary as usual.

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‘Leave’ voters left with little to rue three months on

The cost of imports may have risen but the depreciation of sterling has given a boost to the UK economy and lower and middle income earners will benefit, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Edgescan: On the hunt for cyber crooks 24/7

With its novel approach to cyber crime, start-up edgescan is going from strength to strength, writes Trish Dromey.

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Concern as SMEs turn away from alternative finance

When the economic crisis was at its lowest point, there was great emphasis on the need for alternatives to traditional banking supports. Factoring, also known as invoice finance, was seen as one of the principle alternative financial intermediaries, offering a funding source for cash-strapped businesses by agreeing to pay the company up front the value of their sales invoice less a discount for commission and fees.

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Michael Noonan’s best option lies in targeted tax reliefs

The Apple controversy pushed much of the usual flurry of commentary and analysis of the forthcoming Budget to the background.

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Share dividends rightly return to the spotlight

At a time when high quality bond yields are collapsing to zero, the value and importance of dividends from equities has never been more important.

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Slow progress in mortgage debt crisis

It used to be the case that analysis of the banking system was only of interest to a small number of professional market participants and academics.

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We’re only at the start of the rocky road to Brexit

With the summer lull now well behind us, global policymakers are refocusing on the key issues that are on at hand.

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Just like Brexit, the negative response to Apple ruling may be overdone

In the Irish media we are prone, like our international brethren, to making grand, snap judgments.

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Ireland is failing badly on its higher education tests

Our universities continue to fall in global rankings as the impact of chronic underfunding is felt. The time has come for the Government to make a few tough calls, writes Kyran Fitzgerald

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For Ireland, Apple case is about crisis management

It seems that every headless chicken in Ireland was set loose when the European Commission announced that Apple had to pay Ireland €13bn in back taxes.

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EU disgrace in the Apple case

An extraordinary set of challenges have unfolded for Ireland over the past two months and it will require an enormous amount of hard work and leadership to navigate a favourable outcome for the economy.

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Markets rally on loose monetary policy moves

The past few years have been characterised by a widespread loosening of monetary policy in many countries to counteract very weak inflation and sluggish economic growth.

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Scrapping unloved USC would not be a wise move

The nature of economics and the approach of many economists have changed subtly over the past decade.

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Era of easy European tax deals is drawing to a close

The days when big US technology companies could easily slice tax bills in Europe are coming to an end.

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Era of ‘helicopter money’ has landed, time for alarm

There are some strange things going on in financial markets around the world at present. In Japan, they are thinking about issuing bonds from the government to finance infrastructure. That, in itself, is not unusual but the drop dead point is that these bonds will be purchased by the Japanese Central Bank on a non-redeemable basis. In plain language that means they need never be repaid. It is the best example I can find of so-called ‘helicopter money’ which is effectively free finance.

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Jobless rate slowing, but it’s still on the right track

The CSO’s Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) gives a detailed picture of the Irish labour market in terms of employment, unemployment and the labour force.

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Dundalk must not view eBay loss as full-time result

The Dundalk FC faithful gathered in the bar of the club’s Oriel Park home last Friday morning.

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Home baking is a recipe for success

Baking at home is continuing to remain a favourite with Irish consumers, according to a new Bord Bia study.

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Technology vital in energy efficiency, says Teagasc

Energy efficiency and the adoption of related technology are two ways in which a farm business can improve its competitiveness and lower its carbon footprint.

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Accredited courses hold key to progress in agriculture

There are not many career paths where you will succeed having only your initial education or qualification in your chosen profession. 

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Brexit to drive down farmland prices in England and Wales

The price of farmland across England and Wales is set to fall further as concerns in relation to Brexit hit buyer demand, according to a new survey.

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