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Cold Comfort: Iceland after the crash

Posted on by David Murphy

By David Murphy, Business Editor Comment on this article via Twitter This time three years ago, Ireland put €24bn into its banks to keep them afloat. It was hoped it would be the last occasion when the taxpayer would be … Continue reading

NCC warning on competitiveness challenges

Posted on by Sean Whelan

  At least the National Competitiveness Council hasn’t been taken in by the hype over property prices. It clearly sees the dangers of rapidly rising house prices and rental costs – at least from a cost competitiveness point of view.  … Continue reading

Housing market isn’t playing by the rules

Posted on by David Murphy

It is difficult to say exactly what is happening to the housing sector – but the market certainly is not behaving as it should. Above is the latest information from the Central Bank regarding lending to Irish households. The red … Continue reading

10 questions about the end of Microsoft XP support answered

Posted on by Will Goodbody

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody WHAT IS ALL THIS FUSS ABOUT WINDOWS XP? Like most software developers, Microsoft sends out regular updates to its operating systems and other programs. These patch over any vulnerabilities that have emerged, … Continue reading

Intel Inside the Irish economy

Posted on by Will Goodbody

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody In 1989, when Intel announced it was to begin manufacturing computer motherboards in Ireland, the then Minister for Industry and Commerce, Dessie O’Malley, made some projections about likely employment arising from the … Continue reading

AIB bites the bullet, how long before other banks wake up?

Posted on by David Murphy

For five years, politicians have been carping about the slow-learning banks not writing off mortgage debt for homeowners in arrears. Now AIB is doing just that. But its actions are not being met with universal approval from public representatives. Fianna … Continue reading

How Ireland could make a Big Bang in astronomical science

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By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody On St Patrick’s Day, as we marked our national holiday, a substantial breakthrough in cosmology and astrophysics was announced by a team of scientists in the US. They revealed that for the … Continue reading

Spotlight turns to SME debt

Posted on by David Murphy

By Business Editor David Murphy Whether he is right or wrong, UCD economist Morgan Kelly always has the ability to put the fear of God into the Irish authorities. When he predicts a financial maelstrom, it is always worth taking … Continue reading

The challenges of reporting on academic papers

Posted on by Will Goodbody

  By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody The latest controversy to hit the world of academic publishing is a curious tale. On 29th January, the respected international journal, Nature, published a paper by Japanese and US scientists, which … Continue reading

Is it possible to fall in love with a computer?

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By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody The movie “Her” was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture on Sunday night. Set a little in the future, the movie tells the story of a heartbroken man who falls in … Continue reading

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