John Whelan

John Whelan: Frantic drive underway to develop a vaccine

John Whelan: Frantic drive underway to develop a vaccine

The drive to find a vaccine to combat the coronavirus is well underway. Several large pharmaceutical and smaller biotech companies are working on making new antibodies, ...

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John Whelan: Huge worry for Irish trade should virus continue to spread in the US

John Whelan: Huge worry for Irish trade should virus continue to spread in the US

Irish trade is at risk over the spread of the coronavirus in the US, writes John Whelan.

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John Whelan: Coronavirus is an ill wind that blows no good for global economy

John Whelan: Coronavirus is an ill wind that blows no good for global economy

It is too early to gauge the full economic and trade effects of the coronavirus outbreak, however, a number of global agencies have come out with their estimates ...

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John Whelan: Coronavirus focus falls on major pharma firms and their links to China

John Whelan: Coronavirus focus falls on major pharma firms and their links to China

As the World Health Organisation scrambles for a cure to the Coronavirus, a further crisis is simmering: The global dependence on China for the production of key ...

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John Whelan: For exporters, coronavirus fallout shapes up to be the next big challenge

John Whelan: For exporters, coronavirus fallout shapes up to be the next big challenge

The spread of the coronavirus will likely to start to affect many of the over 400 Irish companies that have office or manufacturing facilities in China.

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Coronavirus means Irish exporters are braced for reduced sales in the first quarter of the year

Coronavirus means Irish exporters are braced for reduced sales in the first quarter of the year

The outbreak of the coronavirus has come at a difficult and sensitive time for China’s economy.

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AbbVie-Allergan merger will impact Irish units

AbbVie-Allergan merger will impact Irish units

With EU regulatory approval in the bag and US regulatory scrutiny expected to clear in the coming weeks, the €55bn AbbVie and Allergan merger should start in ...

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Irish focus as EU's Hogan opens China investment talks

Irish focus as EU's Hogan opens China investment talks

Later this week negotiations for a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, or CAI, between the EU and mainland China will be held in Brussels. This is an important ...

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Sterling could still test Irish exporters

Sterling could still test Irish exporters

There has been a marked swing in business sentiment with regard to the UK market. Many believe, like Patrick Coveney, the chief executive of Greencore, that political ...

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John Whelan: UK vote a bitter pill for Irish pharma

With three weeks to go, the December 12 UK general election is being billed as the most important in a generation.

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Irish exporters at a crucial crossroads

Irish exporters at a crucial crossroads

The conflicting signals about the progress being made by the US and Chinese negotiators have left businesses across the globe in a state of perplexity, uncertain ...

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UK free trade deals will be tough for Irish exporters

UK free trade deals will be tough for Irish exporters

In the short-term, the deal is unlikely to help the UK avoid a technical recession.

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Novartis and Molex cuts may be tip of iceberg

Novartis and Molex cuts may be tip of iceberg

The decisions by the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis to shed 320 of the 550 jobs at its Cork campus over the next three years and by Koch Industries to close ...

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Rock and hard place for Irish tax regime

Rock and hard place for Irish tax regime

Last week the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) proposed breaking a taboo in international corporate taxation that countries only have ...

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Firms that perform in Japan

Firms that perform in Japan

Mitsuru Kitano, the new Japanese ambassador to Ireland, was hopeful of a good performance from his side as he opened his residence to host his first official event ...

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Bumbling Brexit is boon to some Irish-based firms

Bumbling Brexit is boon to some Irish-based firms

Most of the commercial services barometers, including the recent World Trade Organisation report, indicate a downturn in global sales for software, financial services, ...

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Urgent need to tackle Brexit red tape threat

Urgent need to tackle Brexit red tape threat

Fresh warnings to industry to continue with preparations for a hard Brexit have come hot on the heels of the cross-party moves in the British House of Commons to ...

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Trade spat offers silver lining for Irish companies

Trade spat offers silver lining for Irish companies

While pessimism grows that the UK will remain stuck on the 'backstop' and Halloween will bring our worst nightmare of a crash out of the EU, there is reason for ...

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How Cork to Belfast free trade zones could make the fightback against Brexit

How Cork to Belfast free trade zones could make the fightback against Brexit

In a bid to offset some of the loss of competitiveness by British industry after Brexit.

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Irish firms crave strong dollar and firm pound

Irish firms crave strong dollar and firm pound

The growing risk of ano-deal Brexit following the appointment of Boris Johnson as prime minister is reflected in sterling.

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How the agri-food sector can profit from the rise of veganism

How the agri-food sector can profit from the rise of veganism

We are on the cusp of a revolution in consumer tastes, which will rock the agri-food industry to its core, regardless of the Climate Change Advisory committee recommendations ...

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Irish services face being the hidden casualty in Brexit fallout

Irish services face being the hidden casualty in Brexit fallout

More and more companies are finding profit in exporting services, and several trends ensure that these exports will grow rapidly.

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