, CEO of Leading Edge Group in Cork, suggests that SMEs need to make significant productivity gains and that Brexit, in whatever form it eventually takes, poses a once in a generation challenge for small business.
As the Brexit bandwagon continues to trundle along towards October 31 and as the Minister for Finance prepares to deliver in just over a month, what is most likely to be the final budget before the ‘confidence and supply’ arrangement comes to a welcome end, it was never more important for Ireland to keep a very close eye on international developments.
The Government risks "repeating the mistakes of the past" unless it listens to the National Competitiveness Council's warnings that rising rents and cost of living could topple the Irish economy.
Nearly every flashpoint issue bedevilling our world is rooted in how wealth generated in a society is used or shared — or if should be shared at all — to benefit everyone in that society. The eternal stand-off between property rights and the common good remains unresolved and, if history is anything to go by, it is likely to remain so.
The Institute for Management Development’s (IMD’s) World Competitiveness Yearbook 2016, released last week, showed that Ireland had moved briskly up the international competitiveness ranking to seventh position globally; the most competitive country in the eurozone, and third most competitive across the EU as a whole.
The competitiveness underpinning Ireland’s economic growth — which has seen more people return to work — is under threat from a range of factors that need to be urgently addressed.
The Government’s competitiveness watchdog yesterday warned the bedrock of the country’s recent economic revival was under threat, on the same day Ireland’s mantle as Europe’s fastest growing economy was further cemented by "spectacular" growth figures.
Three former Anglo Irish Bank executives will be sentenced later after being found guilty of trying to defraud Revenue; up to 300 new jobs are being created in Tipperary; the US dentist who shot Cecil the lion ’wanted to hunt elephant’; and Patrick Vieira believes Man City’s Irish star Jack Byrne is just as "nuts" as Roy Keane.
In October the Government ignored the advice from domestic and international agencies such as the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, by implementing a mildly stimulatory budget rather than the €2 billion adjustment that had been pencilled in for some time.