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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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JOE GILL: Brexit will hurt ordinary people most

A large squadron of chickens is coming home to roost around Brexit.

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KYRAN FITZGERALD: How a bank brought SMEs to the edge

A scathing report by the UK’s Treasury Committee into the way RBS treated small firms highlights the need for greater competition and tougher regulatory controls, writes Kyran Fitzgerald

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JOHN WHELAN: Brexit is getting ever more tricky for Irish firms

UK proposals spell added costs for doing business, writes John Whelan

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JOE GILL: Government needs to be tech savvy with rural plan

It is laughable in today’s world to imagine a time when mobile devices simply did not exist yet that was just 36 years ago, writes Joe Gill.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Growth amount hinges on Brexit outcome being soft as possible

There has been a lot of commentary about how the UK economy has held up better than expected since the vote for Brexit in June 2016, writes Oliver Mangan

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JOHN WHELAN: China in our hands as Irish exports hit heights

The trade balance is firmly in Ireland’s favour for the first time in decades, writes John Whelan    

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JOE GILL: On Brexit, the rubber hits the road for UK car firms

We must hope that heavyweight observers like Japan raise their voices even more, writes Joe Gill

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OLIVER MANGAN: Shares worry focus on US rates

The recent market correction signals a return to greater volatility, writes Oliver Mangan

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BRIAN LUCEY: Brexit will hurt bad but let’s not overstate the costs

The report from the consultancy group Copenhagen Economics on Brexit commissioned by the Government was the latest in a series: The Institute of International and European Affairs, the Economic and Social Research Institute, the European Commission, and in other reports, Government agencies themselves--have shown the effects that Brexit will have on Ireland.

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PAUL MILLS: Pharma lifts the Trump blues for Ireland

The decision of Merck Sharp Dohme, or MSD as it’s better known in these parts, is more than good news for Dublin but also for Ireland, writes Paul Mills.

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JOE GILL: We should cheer, not fear, rising interest rates

Over the past week, financial markets have entered mainstream media, amid screaming headlines about collapsing share prices and supposedly unprecedented volatility.

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JOHN WHELAN: Ireland in firing line as Trump talks up US trade

Trade figures published in recent weeks by the US Department of Commerce deserve wide coverage, because they have effectively signalled flashing red lights for Ireland, writes John Whelan.

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KYRAN FITZGERALD: Procurement model is failing the State

An in-depth analysis says SMEs could gain €6.8bn in extra work and corporate tax revenues could rise €2bn over five years if the State’s tendering process was changed, writes Kyran Fitzgerald

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TRISH DROMEY: GirlCrew: An Irish-founded social networking app for women

An Irish-founded social networking app for women is targeting global growth, writes Trish Dromey

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BRIAN KEEGAN: Merging USC with PRSI will be a huge challenge

Tax is tax. Does it really matter whether it is in the form of income tax, or USC, or PRSI, asks Brian Keegan

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