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An unhealthy health sector

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Economics Correspondent Sean Whelan One of the things regretted by senior officials in the Department of Finance is that they didn’t include reform of Health spending in the Troika bailout programme from day one. Instead it crept into the … Continue reading

Mobile World Congress 2015 – what to expect

Posted on by Will Goodbody

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent It’s the event that gets the hearts of mobile geeks racing (no seriously, it does). The world’s largest event for the mobile industry is about to kick off in Barcelona. Running from March … Continue reading

The value of a Heathrow slot

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Economics Correspondent Sean Whelan UCD Economist Colm McCarthy presented a paper on the hot topic of Aer Lingus slots at Heathrow Airport at an IrishEconomy.ie conference in Dublin today, making some interesting points in the process. He begins by … Continue reading

Sunshine is the best disinfectant

Posted on by David Murphy

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

The cost of a Greek default

Posted on by Sean Whelan

If Greece defaults, we – Ireland – stand to lose €1.7 billion, according to Standard and Poor’s. And most of that loss falls on the Central Bank, the most profitable bank in the country, not the Government, which is only … Continue reading

Oh my – the problems with public wifi

Posted on by Will Goodbody

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent I don’t like to rant – well actually I do. But there are few things that get me more exercised than free public wifi. You know the story. You arrive in a cafe, … Continue reading

Honohan on the ‘what if’ of the bank guarantee

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Economics Correspondent Sean Whelan Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan has published a letter to the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry, following up a couple of points arising from his appearance there on 15 January. After that event, he was asked if … Continue reading

IXV proves sky’s the limit for space research here

Posted on by Will Goodbody

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent It’s not everyday that a new spacecraft is born. But this Wednesday is one of them. Around 1pm Irish time (weather and technicalities permitting) the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle or IXV, will blast off … Continue reading

An assessment of Willie Walsh’s Aer Lingus bid

Posted on by David Murphy

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

Posted on by David Murphy

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

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