Daily Archives: May 30, 2013

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro – tablet or ultrabook?

Posted on by Will Goodbody

By Will Goodbody, Science and Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody Watch the review at: http://www.rte.ie/news/player/2013/0530/3540933-will-goodbody-reviews-microsofts-new-surface-pro/ Is it a tablet? Or is it a laptop? It’s a perplexing question that users of Microsoft’s new Surface Pro are likely to ask themselves. And one … Continue reading

The threat to Ireland’s corporation tax

Posted on by David Murphy

By Business Editor David Murphy On my desk is a computer with a Google search engine (European HQ, Dublin) and Microsoft software (European HQ, Dublin). Beside my PC is an Apple iPhone (European HQ, Cork). My desk happens to be … Continue reading

Chopra’s big idea for Ireland’s banks

Posted on by David Murphy

By Business Editor David Murphy Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan are getting ready for their lap of honour when Ireland exits the EU/IMF bailout. But there is still one unresolved issue – it is becoming clearer that banks will need … Continue reading

The business and politics of Climate Change

Posted on by Will Goodbody

By Will Goodbody, Science and Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody Amid the hullabaloo surrounding penalty-point-gate this week, another event in Leinster House, with arguably far greater long term consequences for our future, and the future of our children, got overshadowed. On the … Continue reading

Tory-bashing and crisis economics

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Seán Whelan, Economics Correspondent Michael Martin has just made an important speech staking out radically new policy territory for Fianna Fáil on Europe, Britain and Ireland.  In it he says: – The economic crisis is so deep the EU … Continue reading

Life in the (broadband) fast lane

Posted on by Will Goodbody

By Will Goodbody, Science and Technology Correspondent   @willgoodbody When you see the long running campaign for better broadband, Ireland Offline, offering a hearty welcome to an announcement from Eircom, it’s a pretty clear indication that something positive has happened. And … Continue reading

What is real?

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Economics Correspondent Sean Whelan Few in Ireland have really taken GDP to be a serious measure of the Irish economy, because of the very large impact that the activities of foreign owned multinationals have on the numbers.  GNP has always … Continue reading

Bank crisis rule book entirely rewritten

Posted on by David Murphy

  by Business Editor David Murphy Critics have argued Europe has been making up the answers to the banking crisis as it went along in an amateurish fashion. The evidence to back up that criticism is getting stronger by the … Continue reading

Boucher faces showdown with Central Bank

Posted on by David Murphy

By Business Editor David Murphy Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher is on collision course with the Central Bank over mortgage arrears. The issue revolves around his bank’s treatment of customers who are being offered split mortgages.

More bank capital?

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Sean Whelan, Economics Correspondent Will the Irish banks need more capital? Yes they will, says the governor of the Central Bank, Patrick Honohan. He is sure because the new Basel 3 international banking rules change the classification of what … Continue reading