BUSINESS FEATURES - IRISH EXAMINER

A little magic goes a long way

A toy bought in the US has opened doors to a world of business success for two couples, writes Trish Dromey.

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Time for emerging economies to fasten their seat belts

This week, a white- haired woman spoke and the world sat up and listened.

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Helicopter money could take flight

I have been thinking a lot about helicopters lately. Mostly this is down to the regular reminders to Santa not to forget to bring a helicopter, with doors that open and close and a rescue boat.

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Taxpayers must get a break in 2015

As we approach the end of another year, many people will look back on 2014 with a somewhat confused perspective.

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Inequality breeds contempt

It’s that time of year again – a time for sharing and giving.

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Airport must cut costs to take flight

A topic of debate in this column and in other circles over the past year has been the performance of Cork Airport. 

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Oil muddies waters as Athens reaches for the panic button

A FALLING oil price is good for Western economies, at least in the short to medium-term, but it is not necessarily good for stock markets.

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Draghi to warn EU leaders reform needed

The head of the European Central Bank is set to tell European leaders in stark terms at a summit next week that they need to reform straggling economies or risk blunting an ambitious monetary offensive to help revive the stagnant eurozone.

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Society must face up to the harsh reality

When all is said and done, the key role that economics should play is in providing guidance and analysis to policymakers in their quest to achieve the best possible outcomes in an environment of scarce resources.

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Universal Social Charge needs to go

It is time for the Universal Social Charge to be given the door.

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A blueprint to bring Cork back to its former glory

As Christmas looms, all of us will have to think about ideas and ambitions for 2015. Cities, including Cork, should do the same.

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Weak growth to continue in EU for 2015

As expected, the ECB left policy on hold at last week’s Governing Council meeting. It cut rates at both its June and September meetings and is still in the process of fully implementing some of the easing measures announced in September.

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Story of the year has been the 40% drop in dollar price of oil

There is nothing like a strong tonic in the form of a collapsing oil price to help a stock market bull who is starting to sweat following a long run.

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Tis the season for Forest Produce

Bringing sparkle and scent as well as greenery to Christmas, Kerry company Forest Produce is shipping out tens of thousands of wreaths, table decorations, and bouquets of foliage for the holiday season.

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Ghost of Anglo still haunts us

If Irish Water is the omnishambles of 2014, then Anglo Irish Bank is likely to be the omnishambles of the first several decades of this millennium.

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Let’s not get carried away with progress

In October the Government ignored the advice from domestic and international agencies such as the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, by implementing a mildly stimulatory budget rather than the €2 billion adjustment that had been pencilled in for some time.

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Free Cork Airport from ‘dead hand’

There is an urgent need to free Cork Airport from the dead hand of Dublin.

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Appetite for growth drives Irish agrifood firms’ success

Wealth creation is a subject that stirs up emotive debate in many quarters. If you are for it, some will condemn your mad capitalistic instincts. 

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More good news as the unemployed numbers fall

Labour market figures published by the CSO last week for the third quarter of the year contained further good news on the Irish economy.

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Litigation lifts the lid on boomtime practises in AIB

Ensuring that a tight lid is kept on the greed and folly of the banking sector is the only way to avert another crippling crisis, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Horsebreeders banking on success

Euro Stallions has got off to a flying start, supplying horse semen to the domestic and foreign markets, writes Trish Dromey.

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Populism will be undoing of eurozone

In many ways the relationship between Ireland and the eurozone encapsulates the possibly insurmountable challenges facing the embattled monetary union.

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We need transparency on tax spend

We need to see transparency in how our taxes are used.

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We need real debate about employment

Amid the vicious gnashing and snarling that has taken over the political agenda in Ireland over recent weeks and months I don’t hear too many voices standing up for those who have already or are currently contemplating emigration.

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Uncle Sam gets gold star for growth

The past week saw news that the Japanese economy had slipped back into recession yet again, with GDP declining in both the second and third quarters of the year.

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Firm aims to transform ear surgery

AventaMed has developed a device which aims to take grommet surgery out of operating theatres and turn it into a quick procedure that can take place in a consultant’s offices. The elective surgery involves the use of small tubes.

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Good and bad in long-awaited employment law reforms

The rules of engagement between employee and employer are undergoing major overhaul. A system that is no longer useful is being transformed. As a result, disputes between workers and their bosses should be resolved much more rapidly.

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