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Noonan pricks the bubble in AIB shares

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By David Murphy, Business Editor  You may have heard of somebody talking up shares, but talking them down is less frequent. That is what Finance Minister Michael Noonan has been doing by describing AIB’s stock as “overvalued” and attempting to … Continue reading

Communications breakdown hobbles Irish Water

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Here is a question – how much of the Irish Water controversy can be explained by poor communications and the failure to convincingly convey its strategy? As the Government prepares to unveil its new package of sweeten the bitter pill … Continue reading

Tony O’Reilly – the Real Deal

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By Business Editor David Murphy For decades Tony O’Reilly was Ireland’s richest man. He was eulogised as the ultimate Renaissance man: a sporting hero, marketing tycoon and philanthropist. But in June this year, his run of good fortune came to … Continue reading

Ireland’s banking crisis – forgotten but not gone

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By David Murphy, Business Editor Many would have imagined that by the end of 2014 the difficulties of Irish banks would, after six tortuous years, have concluded. However the strong possibility that one Irish bank may need further money illustrates … Continue reading

Better-off are big beneficiaries in Budget 2015

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By David Murphy Business Editor It was supposed to be a Budget targeted at low and income middle earners – the reality was the higher earners will be better off too.

Coillte needs to clean up unhealthy situation over CEO’s pay

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It is no secret that some of the chief executives of semi-state companies and their board were less than happy with the salary caps which were introduced by Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin three years ago. One of those was … Continue reading

Interest rates will rise – it is just a question of when

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Central bankers in the euro zone, UK and US frequently adjust interest rates in unison. That is not due to a herd instinct, but when conditions in one region merit higher or lower rates similar circumstances are often occurring elsewhere.

Lessons from the banking crisis quickly forgotten

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  They say history repeats itself for those who were not watching the first time. One lesson from the Irish banking collapse was putting the burden on the tax payer while senior bondholders got all their money back was an … Continue reading

Big banks back on the rise

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By Business Editor David Murphy The country’s three biggest banks, AIB, Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank, released financial results this week. All three are making progress (thanks to bailouts from Irish and British taxpayers.) There are some common themes … Continue reading

Can Noonan stay cautious over cuts?

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By Business Editor David Murphy There is an interesting dynamic unfolding as the lobby groups bombard the Department of Finance with their demands regarding the upcoming Budget. In some respects, there is a race to the bottom to recommend the … Continue reading

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