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Matt Cooper: Businesses will survive by persuading people to part with their Covid savings

Marketing budgets have been slashed in previous budgets, but this time that might well be unwise because many people have pandemic cash which they are willing to spend

Michael O’Leary: the Ryanair chief executive will carry on making provocative comments if it gets his company noticed

Any businessperson following the news must be well advanced on making plans for coping with a recession. The Irish economy may continue to grow this year and in coming years but, as we all know by now, much of that overall figure is driven by sectors that seem almost immune to normal economic forces – pharmaceutical exports and sales by US tech giants based in Ireland.

For everyone else, the challenges are mounting. Inflation has ...