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Questions & Answers on the Banking Inquiry

Posted on by David Murphy

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

2014′s highs and lows in Science & Tech

Posted on by Will Goodbody

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent It’s awards season. That time of the year, when organisations everywhere reflect on the 12 months past, and acknowledge the achievements of their members and others. So not to be out done, the … 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

Tax trends in the OECD

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Sean Whelan, Economics Correspondent The OECD has been looking at the impact of the economic and financial crisis on taxation. It’s part of their regular “Revenue Trends” series, with tax data going back to 1965. So what does it … Continue reading

Draghi drags feet on QE

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Economics Editor Sean Whelan So, no quantitative easing this month – no surprise there. But the European Central Bank news conference by Mario Draghi was peppered with references to QE, and a statement from the ECB president that a … Continue reading

Broadband plan must deliver for rural Ireland

Posted on by Will Goodbody

    By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent Rural dwellers and business people could be forgiven for greeting today’s news of yet another plan to roll out state subsidised high-speed but affordable broadband to the non-commercially covered areas with … 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

Posted on by David Murphy

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

Fear and loathing on mortgage arrears

Posted on by Sean Whelan

The fear and loathing over the Central Banks plan to impose an 80% Loan-to-Value limit on mortgage lending is somewhat overdone. 

Five Things I’ll Remember About Web Summit 2014

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  By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent The Web Summit is over for another year. The three day event was broadly speaking a tremendous success for the organisers, the tech community here in Ireland and the wider economy. Time … Continue reading

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