The best antidote to the current world trade turmoil is innovation, the creation of products and services that make life better — whether it’s butter, vaccines, or text messaging. Every country wants to foster a culture of innovation, but it’s not easy to do.
Budget day is no longer shrouded in secrecy. We’ve come a long way since 2003, when the then minister for finance, Charlie McCreevy, launched decentralisation on an unwitting populace in his budget speech. Not all of his cabinet colleagues knew what was coming.
Unemployment has fallen below 9% for the first time since 2008 — but employers’ body Ibec has expressed concern at the disparity in the pace of employment growth between Dublin and the rest of the country.