BUSINESS FEATURES - IRISH EXAMINER

We are fools to believe high tax myth

We as a polity are not big on evidence-based policy. We rather form an opinion, then seek evidence for it, or better yet, stay silent. This leads to sub-optimal decision making, to put it mildly, writes Brian Lucey.

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Irish export model needs nurturing

One of the biggest mistakes policymakers made after 2000 was to disregard the notion that Ireland is, first and foremost, an exporting nation that would never have a domestic market of sufficient size to sustain itself.

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Politicking a risky business for us all

As we head into an election, over the next 12 months, the politicking has started in earnest, writes Paul Mills

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Population growth offers huge benefits

It might surprise you to learn that 17 million people live in a geography the same size as Munster. That geography is the Netherlands where a normal and civilised society can function, despite the challenges that come with having so many people in such a small space.

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Shortage of houses builds on an Irish problem

Last year saw a marked pick-up in residential property prices, which increased by 12.3%, compared to 1.4% in 2013. Dublin led the way, with prices there up 20%, writes Oliver Mangan.

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Irish concerns as political deadlock in Britain looms

Ukip and the SNP are making inroads ahead of the election. Deadlock at Westminster would spell bad news for Ireland, writes 

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Joined-up thinking, there’s a plan

We are not good at joined up planning in this State, writes Brian Lucey.

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Incentivising our teachers makes sense

The week after Easter is synonymous with the annual get-together of the various teachers’ unions.

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Public sector ‘groupthink’ unacceptable

Despite everything we should have learnt, we still refuse to do accountability.

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Enough is enough as we’re already over-taxed

A relative of mine is thinking about buying a new car and it triggered some thoughts about taxation in Ireland.

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Irish State will find it hard to turn its back on workers’ pay demands

A century ago, many ladies could hardly breath, what with those terrible tight corsets, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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So how smart really is the economy?

A perennial trope of the Irish economic debate is that of the “smart economy”. This is to be contrasted, one imagines, with the “dumb politics”. So how smart is the economy?

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Figures boost for Irish Government Coalition amid concern

With just a year to go to a general election, all is going swimmingly well for the Government, at least on the economic front, writes Jim Power.

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Not the time to loosen our purse strings

Taoiseach Enda Kenny faces a dilemma. Above all else, it appears that Enda Kenny wants to be the first Fine Gael leader re-elected after being in the hot seat for four-plus years, writes Paul Mills

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Feelgood factor should be tempered with caution

Economists often struggle to isolate the factors that are driving an economy up or down.

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Currency volatility set to continue

A noticeable feature of foreign exchange markets this year has been much greater uncertainty and volatility, writes Oliver Mangan.

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Warren Buffett

Food for thought: Buffett model will take time to digest

With a merger of Kraft and Heinz expected soon, entrepreneur-led food firms are wide-eyed with optimism for the future, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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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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