JIM POWER: Varadkar must make no Brexit concessions as deal looks likely

There was considerable and obviously well informed speculation last weekend about a proposal to align regulation between the North and the Republic as a means of avoiding a hard border between both parts of the island, writes Jim Power.

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JIM POWER: Leo Varadkar will have to be at his best as he refocuses on real issues like Brexit

Irish politics has been in a state of flux since the unusual general election of February 2016, writes Jim Power.

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JIM POWER: Brexit threat looms large

The export sector is the lifeblood of the small open Irish economy and if this sector is doing well, then the whole economy tends to do well, writes Jim Power.

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JIM POWER: Debate about a housing bubble is missing the point

Ireland does have a serious housing issue as manifested in a lack of owner-occupier and rental housing, writes Jim Power

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JIM POWER: People happy to pay more taxes if public services are improved

We need to spend more money on public services and we need to reform in a serious way the manner in which they are being delivered, writes Jim Power.

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