Easier to put a man on the moon than it is to save the Earth from climate disaster

Easier to put a man on the moon than it is to save the Earth from climate disaster

When Neil Armstrong took his fateful 'one small step' almost exactly 50 years ago, it was the culmination of an extraordinary effort that had begun back in 1961 ...

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Challenges as Europe’s top jobs are filled

Ireland must do all it can to prevent being caught in Europe’s political slow lane as the leading contenders line up to run the EU and European Cental Bank, ...

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Devil is in the detail when it comes to housing crisis solution

It was hard not to groan at the news that a plan to build almost 300 homes in the Dublin suburb of Glasnevin has been turned down by the planning board.

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'House supply cost to exceed national debt', warns chair of Land Development Authority

The cost of meeting the country’s housing deficit with the construction of 500,000 homes by 2040 will exceed the current national debt, a former secretary ...

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Judiciary putting brakes on planners

Judiciary putting brakes on planners

The courts will continue to play an important role as a brake on the actions of developers as shown by one Kildare farmer’s long-running legal tussles with ...

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Don’t let State spending go up in smoke

Don’t let State spending go up in smoke

The fiscal hawks sounding the warnings must be heeded by the Government, says Kyran Fitzgerald, and public pay and capital expenditure must not be allowed to keep ...

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State economist warns of overheating economy and severe Brexit shock

State economist warns of overheating economy and severe Brexit shock

The Government's top economist has said the State may have to take special measures - including providing short-term finance - in order to protect businesses in ...

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'Woodford mess shines fresh light on regulators'

'Woodford mess shines fresh light on regulators'

Hype and high finance simply do not go well together.

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Forget Robots, earning trust is still the main challenge for modern workers

Forget Robots, earning trust is still the main challenge for modern workers

The annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the representative body for HR professionals, took place recently at the conference ...

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The idea of metro mayors still has legs to run

The idea of metro mayors still has legs to run

The election results are almost all in and political anoraks have been digesting the information gleaned from the ballot boxes like famished goats.

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The best right-hand man in Irish business

The best right-hand man in Irish business

In his twilight years, leading Irish businessman Michael Smurfit has found a new vocation as a commentator and author.

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Auction politics back with a vengeance

Auction politics back with a vengeance

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe professes to be very proud of his rainy day fund and it is surely good that our Government has a sinking fund from which resources ...

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No escaping increases in carbon taxes

No escaping increases in carbon taxes

Ireland is the second country in the world to declare a ‘climate emergency’, but the Government must face up to promoting potentially unpopular hikes ...

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Much to be learnt from the mighty Quinn

Much to be learnt from the mighty Quinn

Many of the great stars of the 1980s are disappearing. Last week alone, we bade goodbye to businessman Feargal Quinn and to actor Ken Kercheval, the man who played ...

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Feargal Quinn: Respectful, genial, unique

Feargal Quinn: Respectful, genial, unique

Ireland has just lost one of its more unique public figures with the passing of Feargal Quinn at the age of 82.

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Notre Dame and the economics of investing in heritage

Notre Dame and the economics of investing in heritage

The Notre Dame fire has strengthened the argument in both economic and environmental terms of investing and looking after heritage buildings both here and abroad, ...

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Wide range of demands leave employers warier than ever

Wide range of demands leave employers warier than ever

Life is not easy for employers, with Brexit preparations, adverse currency movements, hikes in input costs, and an ever-increasing range of demands in the field ...

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Trump puts trade rules under strain

Trump puts trade rules under strain

It would indeed be ironic if a Brexit Britain were to be an early casualty of an imploding global trade order but institutions like the WTO have also served Ireland ...

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Insurers pose a premium-level problem

Insurers pose a premium-level problem

We are great at carrying out clean ups in this country – cleans ups that occur after lengthy periods during which the area affected has been allowed to go ...

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Central Bank boss ready for life in the fast Lane

Central Bank boss ready for life in the fast Lane

Ireland has finally secured a foothold at the summit of European central banking following the appointment of Central Bank governor Philip Lane to the six member ...

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Boeing top chiefs failed in Max 8 crisis

Boeing top chiefs failed in Max 8 crisis

The share price is down only 7% but the US airline’s chiefs have been found wanting in their handling of the safety questions raised by the Ethiopian crash, ...

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Women leaders call out fellow bosses

Women leaders call out fellow bosses

Ireland has come some way in tackling inequality in the past 40 years but still has a long way to go towards gender equality at the top of organisations, says Kyran ...

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Time to grow up over issue of ageing and the workplace

Time to grow up over issue of ageing and the workplace

It is a long time since an Irish Taoiseach - Charlie Haughey – was able to boast about the country’s youthful population, about the fact that half of ...

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Car makers must gear up for big changes

Car makers must gear up for big changes

The planned closure of the Honda plant in England put a spotlight on the fallout of Brexit, as well as the huge challenges in general facing the global car industry, ...

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Asleep at the wheel on public projects

Asleep at the wheel on public projects

Revamp the Department of Public Expenditure and re-establish it as a separate entity to give it real teeth to rein in overspending, says Kyran Fiztgerald

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Measuring climate change’s true cost

Measuring climate change’s true cost

When the financial consequences finally sink in, people will — perhaps — start taking climate change more seriously and make the tough decisions needed, ...

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Enda McDonnell: Enterprise Ireland optimistic about continuing growth

Enda McDonnell: Enterprise Ireland optimistic about continuing growth

Enterprise Ireland is stepping up its efforts to support the ongoing development of homegrown international services firms outside the capital city, writes Kyran ...

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FinTech to create a wealth of jobs

FinTech to create a wealth of jobs

Ireland has transformed itself into a leading global provider of financial services since the launch of the IFSC in Dublin just over 30 years ago, writes Kyran Fitzgerald. ...

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Construction skills shortage is the new elephant in the room

Construction skills shortage is the new elephant in the room

If this country does not get a grip on runaway capital costs, we can wave goodbye to any notion of a truly sustained economic recovery, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Creaking public services mean we can’t sit on our laurels

Creaking public services mean we can’t sit on our laurels

The winter solstice and Christmas festivities are behind us. The business data for the year is being crunched and chewed over by the statisticians.

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Hospital budgeting exposes greater ills

Hospital budgeting exposes greater ills

Financial discipline on infrastructure projects must be maintained, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Why one of the longest American stock market bull runs in history has come to an end

Why one of the longest American stock market bull runs in history has come to an end

A series of trade wars, growing financial pressure on heavily indebted emergent economies and a series of interest rate increases launched by the US Federal Reserve ...

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Taking shelter from the hard Brexit rain

Taking shelter from the hard Brexit rain

Should a no-deal Brexit occur, Ireland could learn much from the ways that Finland and New Zealand handled their major trade crises in recent decades, writes Kyran ...

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CAREERS 2019: Buoyant jobs market, but big challenges ahead

CAREERS 2019: Buoyant jobs market, but big challenges ahead

Ireland’s jobs market is in a sweet place right now.

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CAREERS 2019: Healthcare sector tackles challenges in demographics and workforce

CAREERS 2019: Healthcare sector tackles challenges in demographics and workforce

It is hard not to feel sympathy for those in charge of the Irish health service, never mind the frequently stressed individuals out there trying to deliver the many ...

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Yellow vest protests show neglect is no longer a policy option for Irish Government

Yellow vest protests show neglect is no longer a policy option for Irish Government

Unrest in France has shown how far climate change has forced its way up the the political agenda and neglect can no longer be a policy option for the Irish Government, ...

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Ignore the warnings of IFAC at our peril

Ignore the warnings of IFAC at our peril

When it comes to our economy, things can turn with lightning speed, says Kyran Fitzgerald

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Integration plans slowly fitting into place

Integration plans slowly fitting into place

If Ireland can keep improving its migrant-integration strategies — particularly in the labour market — then the country has real long-term growth potential, ...

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Ireland needs a plan for next recession

Ireland needs a plan for next recession

Whether one is a nation, an individual, or a corporation, it does not do to enter a tougher environment without the financial wherewithal and without a plan, writes ...

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