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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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PAUL MILLS: The advance factory is a relic but projects are vital

The empty so-called advance factories in IDA industrial areas across Cork and the rest of the State are back in the news.

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EAMON QUINN: Ireland cannot ignore the warnings of stock markets

The best way to insulate Ireland from any fallout from the potential of more global market turmoil, following this week’s Wall Street sell-off, will be to balance the books and invest in public services, according to Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe.

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EAMON QUINN: Some of the old O’Leary swagger returns

Some of Michael O’Leary’s old swagger is back, writes Eamon Quinn.

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PAUL MILLS: Story of scorpion and the frog

The banks are a lot like the story of the scorpion that wanted to cross the river, then managed to find a ride on a frog and, contrary to his promise, stung the frog so that they both drowned, writes Paul Mills.

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JOE GILL: A 10-point Portland plan to develop Cork

Portland is a symbol of hipster culture... Cork has the ingredients to embrace such thinking, without forgetting to adopt a pragmatic and commercial approach, writes Joe Gill.

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JOHN WHELAN: Irish boss reaches for the skies

Embraer — the world’s third largest aircraft manufacturer — is not concerned for its future following Airbus’s takeover of its nearest rival Bombardier, according to its Clare-born chief executive John Slattery.

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JOE GILL: Bombardier’s Belfast staff need better support

As head of a company that has true pan-European credentials, his views should be heeded, and especially by the aerospace industry in the North, writes Joe Gill.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Jobs growth nears peak

The latest CSO data on the Irish labour market show continuing strong job growth, with total employment likely to surpass its pre-crash peak later this year.

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JOHN WHELAN: Data centres are big business

The UK data centre market is the largest in Europe, but that that will change, once the EU’s new data-protection regulations become law in May, and Ireland is set to take advantage.

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JOE GILL: British farmers at risk of ploughing lonely furrow

What on earth must farmers in Britain make of the recent utterances by their Minister for Agriculture, Michael Gove?

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OLIVER MANGAN: More currency volatility seems to be on horizon

A key development in currency markets in 2017 was the strengthening of the euro and weakening of the dollar, writes Oliver Mangan

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BRIAN KEEGAN: Reform of local property tax flaws is overdue

Local property tax (LPT) is back in the news, and not just because the payment arrangements for 2018 are being made around now.

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BRIAN LUCEY: Correlation between studying economics and greed

Economics often has an unfair reputation. In the public mind, economics is conflated with one of two things — either economists are talking about forecasts of the macro-economy, or talking about finance.

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JOHN WHELAN: SME finances face a looming threat from Brexit

Business growth is rolling on and the exchequer is benefiting in no small way.

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PAUL MILLS: Money won’t cure HSE ills

Despite the fact that our health system is overloaded over Christmas every year and despite the fact the Government of the day talks about being better prepared the following year, every year we get it wrong, writes Paul Mills

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OLIVER MANGAN: Eurozone has plenty more capacity for growth

The economic prospects for Ireland’s main export market, the eurozone, look better now than at any time in the past decade or more, writes Oliver Mangan.

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DAVID HOLOHAN: Europe’s shares look attractive as US peaks

Investors experienced a very strong year during 2017, writes David Holohan.

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OLIVER MANGAN: Brexit could still prove to be a manageable complication

The past number of years have seen a stronger than expected recovery by the Irish economy. This has been led by robust export growth, but there has also been a strong rebound in domestic demand, including business investment, construction and consumer spending.

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GEOFF PERCIVAL: Optimistic signs but Government holds key to offshore oil success

The Government, more than external issues like Brexit and oil price movement, will ultimately be to blame if Ireland’s much-touted offshore oil and gas exploration sector fails to bear real fruit, writes Geoff Percival

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JOHN WHELAN: Ireland’s entrepreneurs step up a gear but still a way to go

Nearly a decade since the onset of the recession, we see a new confident breed of companies driving the economy, creating jobs and fuelling government coffers, writes John Whelan

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KYRAN FITZGERALD: KYRAN FITZGERALD: Icebergs loom even as the ship sails on

Our 12.5% corporate tax rate is no longer the big clincher it once was as rivals shrink their rates and the US attempts to lure back multinationals with tax incentives, writes Kyran Fitzgerald

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