JIM POWER: Irish restaurants and hotels deserve support

While the Irish economy is performing very strongly on the surface, it is clear on closer examination that the country does have a significant concentration risk.

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JIM POWER: Less obvious how Britain and EU can agree a deal

The world of geo-politics is in a state of chaos with each day bringing fresh challenges to the global order, writes Jim Power

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JIM POWER: Theresa May’s battle against her Brexiteers is far from won

We generally tend to be very critical of the Irish political system and frequently criticise our very diluted form of democracy, writes Jim Power.

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JIM POWER: EU workers unlikely to fill jobs vacancies this time

There was a story out of Chicago this week that such is the extent of labour shortages there, that employers are waiving drug tests and hiring ex-convicts to fill vacancies as the region heads towards full employment.

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JIM POWER: Prospect of no budget bonanza is welcome news

Despite what some media commentators have suggested about the lack of detail contained therein, the Summer Economic Statement released by the Department of Finance this week is not meant to be a detailed breakdown of what the minister for finance will deliver on the fiscal front, writes Jim Power.

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JIM POWER: Italy’s huge debt puzzle

Over the past few weeks we have come back down to earth with a bang, writes Jim Power

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JIM POWER: Time to worry about rising fuel prices again

The price of a barrel of oil has now increased by over 76% since the middle of June last year, writes Jim Power

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JIM POWER: Budget needs sensible policy, not stupid politics

Over the past week the IMF and others have warned or advised the Irish government to adopt a cautious approach in framing Budget 2019 and in managing fiscal policy thereafter, writes Jim Power.

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