BUSINESS FEATURES - IRISH EXAMINER

Bouncing us into the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is wrong

There is a clear resonance between the fears expressed by Greenpeace regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the fears expressed in the report on debt by the Debt and Development Coalition Ireland (DDCI).

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Fortunes can be made from share turmoil

Deflation is everywhere. This month electricity prices are falling. Variable interest rates are being cut. Fuel prices at the pumps have been coming down for the past two years.

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US weakness is likely to be temporary

Data released late last week showed that the US economy expanded at a very weak annualised rate of 0.5% in quarter one this year, following the sluggish growth of 1.4% recorded in the final quarter of 2015. 

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BHS and Clerys highlight the urgency for labour law reform

Pension funds have been badly run in the UK, but in Britain a protection fund exists. No such system exists here, says Kyran FitzGerald.

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Murphy Marine Services pushing the boat out in Valentia

Trish Dromey looks at a Valentia-based business making waves in the competitive world of boat building.

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Democratise the Seanad and utilise it

In ancient Rome there was a political office called the Censor.

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Our longest ever period without a government is happening at the worst possible time

The election, the basis for the formation of government happened nearly nine weeks ago and yet negotiations drag on.

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Revolutionary web can end emigration

Last week, I sat on a panel organised by the London Irish Business Society, a forum established in 2009 to facilitate networking among Irish people working primarily in financial services across the UK capital.

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Robust global expansion still elusive

Global growth remains very much sub-par. In its latest World Economic Outlook published earlier this month, the IMF laments that global economic growth has been too slow for too long. 

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Soopa is sniffing around the dog treat market

BACKED by €400,000 in angel funding, Dublin company Soopa is aiming to take a sizable bite out the £420 million (€540m) pet treat market in the UK.

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A rebellion is brewing in the ranks of shareholders

Chief executives across the Anglo-Saxon corporate world have been gorging themselves in recent years, but has the time come to start snatching away some of the plates?

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'Extremely lucky' China at risk as global stocks rally

As stock markets climb around the world, Chinese traders aren’t celebrating.

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Hard to see how Brexit can help UK

A few weeks before I sat my Leaving Cert exams, Ireland took the bold step of joining the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) of the European Monetary System without the UK, thereby breaking a long-standing one-for-one link with sterling.

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Waste: More than just a local issue

Most of us will have heard of the acronym, Nimby — ‘not in my backyard’. It refers to those who object to having utilities, pylons, social housing, and much more located anywhere near where they live. It’s typically considered and meant to be a derogatory term.

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Central elite’s response to the regions is pathetic

Last week, Goodbody’s hosted an event for investors and companies seeking equity capital. We attracted world-class investors from the US and UK, who spoke with great admiration about Ireland as a source of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Hard for euro to make gains against dollar

Despite a considerable amount of volatility on financial markets and diverging trends in US and eurozone monetary policies, the key euro-dollar rate has remained quite range-bound over the past year, largely trading in a $1.06 and $1.15 corridor.

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Marek Szepietowski of Health & Safety Publications aiming for 50% growth in UK sales

Marek Szepietowski tells Trish Dromey how the firm he founded is meeting the EU-driven demand for quality training manuals.

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IMF scores better on policy prescriptions than economic projections

The IMF has just issued its latest set of economic forecasts.

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Reasons for capital flight in China key

News that China’s foreign exchange reserves rose by $10bn (€8.85bn) in March, rather than declining, has quieted doomsayers.

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Populists should be wary of risks

Earlier this week, as I waited on the line to do an interview with Waterford Local Radio, I overheard the Independent TD for the constituency, John Halligan, say that 24-hour cardiac services in Waterford hospital would be “a red-line issue” for him in terms of supporting a government.

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Government impasse hits private sector workers most

It’s now more than 47 days since that momentous general election when, as a result of our selection of Tom, Dick, and Harry, we are now unable to put together a government.

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Warning as dairy sector faces new turmoil

We are entering that time of the year when milk production on farms starts to accelerate towards its peak.

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Jitters hit sterling as vote looms

The UK government set June 23 as the date for its ‘in-out’ referendum vote on Britain’s membership of the EU and opinion polls are pointing to a very close outcome.

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Ireland must walk a delicate line amid the offshore scandals

Kyran Fitzgerald tracks the rise and rise of a trillion-dollar global industry designed to avoid taxes, protect the wealth, and much worse.

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Adam & Butler are catering for the rich and famous

Siobhán Byrne Learat talks to Trish Dromey about the success of her upscale tour operator firm Adams & Butler.

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Sweet taste of the culinary coast at the West Waterford Festival of Food in Dungarvan

Ray Ryan looks forward to the West Waterford Festival of Food, which promises to see a wealth of talent food producers gather in Dungarvan

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Ireland will win in global tax crackdown

The rich are, and have always been, different. I suppose we should be grateful that they are now just stealing our money, not actually eating us. So, there has been some progress.

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Panama Papers reveal offshore tax havens hiding €20.1 trillion

The ‘Panama Papers’ prove that the law needs to clamp down on white-collar financial crime.

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