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

Posted on by David Murphy

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

Why the Watch wasn’t most important news from Apple event

Posted on by Will Goodbody

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent So, the hype has evaporated – for a while at least. The rumour mill can slow down, for a few months anyway. Apple has unveiled its new and updated products at a special … Continue reading

The direct and indirect tax debate

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Sean Whelan, Economics Correspondent ADDENDUM Since we posted this blog Micheal Collins of NERI has posted a response to some of the issued raised here and elsewhere (see the IrishEconomy.ie thread especially).  It’s worth including all of it here, … Continue reading

Why Amazon paid $970m for Twitch

Posted on by Will Goodbody

  By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody The owners of Twitch must be feeling pretty smug this morning. Last night they sealed a deal which will see them sell their mere three year old streaming service for just … Continue reading

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

Posted on by David Murphy

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

Posted on by David Murphy

  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

Fermanagh fracking fight perhaps a taste of things to come

Posted on by Will Goodbody

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody In Belcoo, County Fermanagh opponents of fracking must be collectively exhaling. Over the past few months they took on Goliath. And yesterday they won – for now at least. For months protests … Continue reading

Three reasons to look to the stars

Posted on by Will Goodbody

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody It’s been an exciting week for star-gazers, with the remarkable rendez-vous between the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe and comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. For a man-made object to travel 6 billion kilometres unscathed around … Continue reading

Big banks back on the rise

Posted on by David Murphy

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

The hard reality of the Irish software industry

Posted on by Will Goodbody

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody Warnings about a skills shortage in the IT sector are nothing new. We’ve been hearing them for years now, mostly from the industry itself. Nor are they unique to Ireland. Because as … Continue reading

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