BUSINESS FEATURES - IRISH EXAMINER

We need an Irish Water, just not the one we have

The Government might like to wish the political headache away, but Irish Water has not gone away, writes Paul Mills.

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Long-term view key for commodities

Commodities are in freefall. Whether it is milk, oil, gold or iron ore, prices have been tumbling for a number of months. 

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Euro may dip below 70p if UK hikes rate

The recent progress in terms of a solution to the Greek debt crisis has allowed the focus on markets to shift back to underlying fundamentals. 

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Summer downtime can be used to hatch future plans

 

The lives of our politicians and business leaders are too hectic. They should set a few months aside for contemplation, as of old, says Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Inheritance tax should be equitable

Many tax obligations are triggered by life events. Your first job, a house purchase, marriage and retirement are all occasions for getting in touch with an Inspector of Taxes. 

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Minimum wage rise is a blunt weapon

This week, the Low Pay Commission recommended that the National Minimum Wage be increased by 50c to €9.15 per hour — a rise of 5.8%.

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No need to put economy in greater risk

That we are in election mode is as obvious as the proverbial nose on your face. 

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Air leasing firms deserve more support

Aircraft leasing remains at full throttle in Ireland as fresh investment and new orders continue to drive momentum in the sector. 

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Eurozone economy on recovery path

While the recent uncertainty in relation to Greece has generated much negative newsflows for the eurozone, the underlying macro data indicate that the eurozone economy is on an improving trajectory, writes John Fahy.

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Social Democrats will struggle to bring supporters on board

Three respected political figures have combined to form Ireland’s first Social Democratic party but Kyran Fitzgerald wonders if they have a future.

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Alarm bells should have rung much sooner for Nama over Project Eagle

I was talking to the assistant manager from my local bank the other day. Very bright lad, sharp as a tack, the sort who could accurately count your lodgement just by having a quick glance at the size of it out of the corner of his eye.

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NYSE outage a sign to slow down trading

Last week the New York Stock Exchange, the largest and arguably most influential stock exchange in the world, was closed for a few hours. 

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Small nations have to play by the rules

There is a widely held view that Greece is the victim in the whole sorry mess that has evolved in that country over the past few years, writes Jim Power

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Rural towns missing out on recovery

Over the past couple of weeks, I have travelled through rural Ireland, from Sligo to Cork. 

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Early UK rate hike cannot be ruled out

The Bank of England is taking a patient approach in its deliberations in relation to the timing and extent of interest rate increases, writes John Fahy.

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Consumer bill may fall short in protecting against ‘vulture funds’

The Consumer Protection (Regulation of Credit Servicing Firms) Bill 2015 has moved into the final stages of its Dáil review and the Central Bank has started casting its regulatory net to see who will become regulated under the bill.

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Small Business Q&A: Cathriona Rohan from Cathriona’s Hair Salon

In this week’s Q&A Kehlan talks with Cathriona Rohan from Cathriona’s Hair Salon in Castlegregory and Tralee, Co Kerry. Cathriona talks about branching out into business and how she became hairdresser and stylist to the stars.

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Employment law reforms face a possible court ambush

Richard Bruton’s sweeping changes could face a constitutional challenge as some lawyers see themselves being sidelined, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Small Business Column: Food start-ups

What are small and successful food businesses up to asks Kehlan Kirwan? And what traits do people who made a success in food start-ups have? 

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Steely determination from Galway start-up Vision-Built

A Galway-based construction firm showed plenty of vision to shrug off the recession and expand in the UK, writes Trish Dromey.

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Citizens are real victims of Greek crisis

That Greece has been undergoing a slow-motion tragedy, now accelerating, is undoubted by (almost) all commentators. 

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EU hurt by the lack of political will

The ongoing fiasco in Greece is a clear indictment of the inadequacies of the whole Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) concept. 

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Building on agri-food growth blueprint

Food Wise 2025 was published last week and provides an important signpost to those with ambition and drive around the agri-food industry in Ireland.

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Greek crisis risks positive OECD outlook

The latest economic outlook from the OECD, published last month, forecasts that global growth will pick up in 2015 and 2016.

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Millar judgment should give borrowers cause for concern

Borrowers who are banking on a judicial Fifth Cavalry riding to the rescue may have to think again, if a recent decision of the new Court of Appeal is anything to go by.

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Time to allow Central Bank to control mortgage rates

Most of the mortgage lenders have now announced rate cuts in response to their meeting with the finance minister.

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Ireland and Greece need separate cure

I found myself deeply disturbed by the smugness of Finance Minister Michael Noonan and the Taoiseach in their pronouncements on Greece over recent weeks.

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Inadequacies of the euro are exposed

The ongoing fiasco in Greece is a clear indictment of the inadequacies of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) concept.

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Six ways to save in the weekly shop as supermarkets get us to spend more

John Hearne analyses the retail psychology in your weekly grocery shop

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Leo Varadkar not tackling HSE disfunction

Mary Harney’s legacy of her years as an effective politician and minister will forever be tarnished by her years as the Minister of Health and the driver of the HSE.

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