Blog Posts by David Murphy

Sunshine is the best disinfectant

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By Business Editor David Murphy Many people were glad to see the end of Ireland’s EU-IMF bailout. Leaving it behind shows the country is moving in the right direction, although it is far from the national victory portrayed by some … Continue reading

An assessment of Willie Walsh’s Aer Lingus bid

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By Business Editor David Murphy For somebody who is so well versed in public relations and politics – Willie Walsh has been surprisingly inept in his handling of his bid for Aer Lingus. Mr Walsh’s appeasement statement this week attempted … Continue reading

Selling Aer Lingus to Willie Walsh is not just about money

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By Business Editor David Murphy Comment via Twitter Slowly the tide is coming in – Aer Lingus seems destined to be taken over by British Airways’ parent group International Airlines Group (IAG). It has made two offers for the Irish … Continue reading

Brian Cowen has even more banking questions to answer

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By David Murphy, Business Editor Comment via twitter to @davidmurphyRTE Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan’s lively and candid testimony to the Banking Inquiry has increased the pressure on Brian Cowen to give a full account of the night of the … Continue reading

Astute consumers benefit from lower oil prices

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By David Murphy, Business Editor This week the price of oil dipped below $50 a barrel. Many observers don’t believe the commodity will remain at this level for a long period. It has been a dramatic collapse – prices peaked … Continue reading

Questions & Answers on the Banking Inquiry

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By Business Editor David Murphy Why is the Bank Inquiry important? The banking crisis cost a gross €64bn, wrecked Ireland’s reputation and set back the lives of thousands of people who suffered the loss of employment and higher taxes. Four … Continue reading

Realities of regulation causing unease

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David Murphy, Business Editor During the crash critics rightly complained that poor financial regulation had allowed the banks run wild, pitching the financial system into the abyss. The new regime at the Central Bank, led by Governor Patrick Honohan, has … Continue reading

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

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