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JOHN WHELAN: EU’s latest trade moves of no help to this country

The devil is always in the detail, particularly where trade wars are concerned.

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KYRAN FITZGERALD: Time to clean up our act on tourism

Wander down Dublin’s Grafton Street after a decent stretch of good weather and one can only be struck by the filthy stains — many caused by poorly maintained delivery vans — evident across the recently remodelled pavements.

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OLIVER MANGAN: ECB to keep rates low

A key part of the very loose monetary policy in the eurozone has been the ECB’s quantitative easing programme, involving the large-scale purchases of bonds. Market attention in the run up to last week’s meeting of the ECB Governing Council was mainly centred on if it would provide guidance on the precise date it will end the purchases, writes Oliver Mangan.

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JOE GILL: Big ideas needed to freshen upour high streets

In cities and towns outside capitals the opportunity exists to create environments that turn old shops into internet-ready retail outlets, writes Joe Gill.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Dollar set to feel the squeeze against euro

Even if the dollar continues to rise against emerging markets currencies, further gains against the euro may prove difficult, writes Oliver Mangan

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JOE GILL: Twinning tech firms with towns to promote growth

Leaders of major high technology companies like Stripe and Amazon have been meeting the Government recently over their concerns about the cost of housing and availability of accommodation in Ireland.

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JOHN DALY: America’s dying shopping malls still showing faint signs of life

On a visit to the US last month, it was impossible not to notice how the retail experience has changed over the last ten years — specifically, the decline of the shopping mall, writes John Daly.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Overheating warnings for Ireland's economy seem to be premature

Warnings about the risks of the Irish economy overheating are becoming more commonplace as the unemployment rate drops below 6% and house prices and mortgage lending continue to rise at strong double-digit rates, writes Oliver Mangan.

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KYRAN FITZGERALD: Is teaching facing artificial intelligence Armageddon?

Anthony Seldon is one of Britain’s leading educationalists and social commentators. He has served as a close adviser to former leaders, including Tony Blair and David Cameron. In recent years, he has turned his attention to the ongoing impact of new technologies, in particular, artificial intelligence (AI), on education and on society, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Gary O’Hanlon braced for ‘toughest’ Cork City Marathon

National champion Gary O’Hanlon believes tomorrow’s Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon will be one of the most challenging editions of the event.

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JOE GILL: Highlighting five ways to boost the Cork economy

Last week my colleagues in Goodbody organised an event on the theme of “funding the future of Cork”.

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OLIVER MANGAN: World economy has survived a speed bump

Last week, Germany and Japan became the latest countries to publish GDP figures, showing that their economies lost momentum in the opening quarter of the year, writes Oliver Mangan

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JOE GILL: Ireland’s breakthrough in tapping Chinese power

China’s growing value and importance for the Irish economy was further underlined, this week, by pharmaceutical giant WuXi Biologics choosing Ireland — and Dundalk, in particular — as the location for its first manufacturing site outside of China.

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GEOFF PERCIVAL: Ed Sheeran silences Cork championship weekend

Nearly 30 years after monies from a pair of Michael Jackson gigs helped the Cork County Board to buy Páirc Uí Rinn, another musical performer has led to a summer weekend free of county championship games.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Dollar in box seat for now

The market has been very unenthusiastic about the dollar in recent months, with traders anticipating that the currency’s decline in 2017 and in the opening weeks of 2018 would be sustained throughout this year, writes Oliver Mangan.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Risks remain despite upturn

The past month has seen updated forecasts published on the Irish economy by the ESRI, Central Bank and Department of Finance.

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JOE GILL: High-speed broadband key to reviving rural areas

Last weekend, my wife and I spent a few days tootling around Clare and Tipperary.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Stock market jitters set to be eased after hard times

World stock markets have endured a difficult three months. They have been buffeted by a series of destabilising events.

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EAMON QUINN: 28,500 new homes to be completed next year

The Central Bank said the true number of home completions will be around 23,500 this year and 28,500 in 2019. But its new research is unlikely to put the controversy over counting new homes to bed any time soon, writes Eamon Quinn.

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JOHN WHELAN: Ireland’s huge surplus is sure to raise Donald Trump’s ire

America’s trade deficit widened in February, reaching the largest monthly gap between exports and imports of goods and services in a decade.

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KYRAN FITZGERALD: Why the Dutch may be the new Brits

In its search for a new post-Brexit friendly EU neighbour, Ireland could do worse than look to the Netherlands, with both having much in common in a changing EU, writes Kyran Fitzgerald

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JOE GILL: US will underpin our wealth for years to come

Is it time to redouble Ireland’s efforts to attract US corporations to invest in the economy? asks Joe Gill.

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JOE GILL: For Ireland, sky is the limit on long haul flights

QF9 was the call sign used by the Australian airline Qantas earlier this week for the first non-stop flight between Perth and London.

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JOE GILL: UK opts to be trapped in ‘Brexit is Brexit’ bubble

Imagine the UK government has made an emergency announcement, after extensive consultation with employers, employees, students, and civil servants, writes Joe Gill.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Battle lines drawn in the Brexit trade talks

The UK and EU have been outlining their preliminary positions on the shape of any future post-Brexit trade deal ahead of the EU heads of state summit later this week, writes Oliver Mangan.

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JOHN WHELAN: Tariff backlash a big worry for Irish businesses

The response of other trade blocs to America’s move will hurt, writes John Whelan.

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KYRAN FITZGERALD: Imbalance in economy still a concern

Strong support is needed for our domestic base through what looks set to be tricky times — a challenge that could be as great as that of 2011, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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GEOFF PERCIVAL: Hockey: Bandon bidding to complete first leg of treble

Opportunity knocks on Sunday as the men’s and women’s Munster Senior Cup finals take place at Garryduff with the potential for new names to claim the trophy.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Kieran Bermingham: Na Piarsaigh give every game ‘best shot’

Kieran Bermingham dismisses any notion that Na Piarsaigh focused on the All-Ireland club final from a long way out. The selector stresses that their St Patrick’s Day clash with Cuala is just the last step in a long journey.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Impressive growth but no rush to hike interest rates

Last week’s meeting of the ECB Governing Council saw no changes to its key interest rates.

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