Cork faces some key planning decisions if goal is civic and economic core to be proud of in 20 years

The recent Irish Open in Lahinch was a powerful reminder that a community working with both private and public institutions can deliver a world class success.

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JOE GILL: Retirement shouldn't see one's 'FIRE' burning out

Retirement shouldn't see one's 'FIRE' burning out

'FIRE' is a term I came across in recent weeks reading some research on wealth management services in the US.

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JOE GILL: Mercosur beef trade deal will test Ireland's diplomacy skills

Mercosur beef trade deal will test Ireland's diplomacy skills

Politics in the UK has taken on the attributes of an elongated version of Fawlty Towers.

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JOE GILL: Irish vision for piloting air travel's next leap forward

Irish vision for piloting air travel's next leap forward

Last week two Irishmen, who are leaders in the world of aviation, made decisions that will have profound consequences for air travel worldwide.

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Battle for better quality of life doesn't have to be a war

Battle for better quality of life doesn't have to be a war

My wife and I spent some time in France last week, and specifically in the coastal town of La Rochelle.

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How rural Ireland can tap the new agenda to bring jobs and wealth

How rural Ireland can tap the new agenda to bring jobs and wealth

The term “out of sight, out of mind” struck me last week when watching the debate about President Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland. Some people ...

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For entrepreneurs, the pace of IPOs is pedestrian and that looks like continuing without some form of policy initiative

For entrepreneurs, the pace of IPOs is pedestrian and that looks like continuing without some form of policy initiative

Last week I attended an evening for a group of Munster-based companies that met to debate funding options for their future growth.

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Time for the airlines to get their green thinking into the air

Time for the airlines to get their green thinking into the air

Last week’s elections across Europe brought a wave of local and European politicians centre stage that represent strong environmental agendas.

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Rural rejuvenation is a prize worth fighting for

Rural rejuvenation is a prize worth fighting for

The rejuvenation of rural Ireland at a time of unprecedented change in social and economic life is a great challenge for citizens and policymakers alike, writes ...

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More support needed to nurture entrepreneurs

More support needed to nurture entrepreneurs

The chief executive of aircraft leasing company Avolon, Domhnal Slattery has resourced and produced a key report on entrepreneurship in Ireland.

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Dividends provide the key data of interest for any investor

Dividends provide the key data of interest for any investor

The 2018 financial reporting season has now passed and most companies on the Irish Stock Exchange have delivered results that were largely in line with expectations. ...

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Irish firms need to work up an appetite for meat-free food

Irish firms need to work up an appetite for meat-free food

The food industry got a significant wake-up call last week and one that needs to be absorbed by anyone invested in its future.

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Aviation sector still has room to spread its wings

Aviation sector still has room to spread its wings

Aviation has an often overlooked importance for the Irish economy.

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There may be tough times ahead for world economy

There may be tough times ahead for world economy

Many years ago my 10-year old nieces and nephews employed a code comprised of three words to describe something none of us cared for.

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Brexit’s spitting rhetoric comes up against reality

Brexit’s spitting rhetoric comes up against reality

Over the past weekend, it was interesting to observe the contrast between one nation engaged in a progressive and positive interaction with the international community ...

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Challenging the idea that Ireland is in decline

Challenging the idea that Ireland is in decline

While in west Cork last week I came across some high-quality shellfish produced by Glenmar Seafood.

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Prosperity could be boosted if only State bodies would get out of Dublin

Prosperity could be boosted if only State bodies would get out of Dublin

It is 30 years since I began work in Dublin, having started my career in Cork. At that time, I would have been cynical about those who griped about how the capital ...

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Ideas to bring life back to hollowed-out rural towns

Ideas to bring life back to hollowed-out rural towns

Re-energising and revitalising rural towns and villages have been common themes in this column over the past 10 years.

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While the UK flounders, we must think long term

While the UK flounders, we must think long term

A slow drumbeat of bad news is emanating from Japanese corporations about their significant presence in the UK.

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The secret to unlocking the wealth of the regions

The secret to unlocking the wealth of the regions

A friend of mine was discussing work recently. He was observing the challenges and opportunities associated with the chronic commuting times that many people have ...

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Britain’s hostility to business is astonishing

Britain’s hostility to business is astonishing

One of the many remarkable outcomes of the Brexit debacle is the disdain displayed towards the business community by the UK political establishment, writes Joe Gill. ...

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US multinational employers based in Ireland could have a role in building apartments here

US multinational employers based in Ireland could have a role in building apartments here

One of the benefits of surging foreign direct investment (FDI) and recovering domestic enterprise is the creation of new jobs.

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Private money is missing piece of agri-food jigsaw

Private money is missing piece of agri-food jigsaw

University College Cork took a big step forward in launching its food institute last week.

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Better systems can aid business of giving money to tackle poverty

Better systems can aid business of giving money to tackle poverty

On a visit to Ethiopia last week, the Taoiseach chose to visit one of the most impoverished areas of the world and witness, first hand, profound poverty.

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Kelleher set the blueprint for low cost air travel

Kelleher set the blueprint for low cost air travel

Last week the founder of Southwest Airlines - Herb Kelleher - passed away at the ripe age of 87.

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We’re living longer, so why not cheer up?

We’re living longer, so why not cheer up?

The most interesting and illuminating piece of data that surfaced over the holiday period was about life expectancy in Ireland, writes Joe Gill.

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Cork well-placed to attract further overseas investment

Cork well-placed to attract further overseas investment

With Christmas week unfolding around us it is the time of year to sit back, reflect on the year gone and lay out plans and objectives for the year ahead. That template ...

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Making a difference to millions of lives - Ireland's community heroes honoured

Making a difference to millions of lives - Ireland's community heroes honoured

An autism support group that helps hundreds of families in Cork and a Clare woman who set up ground-breaking services for victims of domestic violence, were among ...

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Instead of hiding under the covers, seek solutions

Instead of hiding under the covers, seek solutions

Instead of hiding under the covers every time someone outlines threats to the future, we should take inspiration from how our forefathers addressed the challenges ...

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We must embrace old idea of working longer

We must embrace old idea of working longer

Finding ways to encourage, incentivise and promote employment among older people are policies worth debating and pursuing in Ireland, writes Joe Gill.

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How to make money despite selloff in shares

How to make money despite selloff in shares

As we hurtle towards Christmas, it is an opportune time to have a look at how your financial assets have performed during 2018 and start thinking about what to do ...

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UK Brexit political mess will help Ireland tap new investment

UK Brexit political mess will help Ireland tap new investment

The chaos that defines the UK’s Brexit process brings into sharp relief the relative stability on offer to investors and employers in Ireland.

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It’s misguided to keep pumping foreign investment into Dublin

It’s misguided to keep pumping foreign investment into Dublin

Facebook’s decision to expand in the heart of Dublin 4 and create room for an additional 5,000 employees is a powerful endorsement of Ireland’s foreign ...

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Cork is ideal for a global food finance gathering

Cork is ideal for a global food finance gathering

I would strongly argue that Cork is the best location for a global food conference, says Joe Gill.

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