Take 5: Competitiveness body calls for return of third-level fees

Avoid quick-fix housing measures and broaden tax base, urges National Competitiveness Council

15th December, 2016
Take 5: Competitiveness body calls for return of third-level fees
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That's according to the National Competitiveness Council which says that while Ireland's economic recovery is robust, significant threats could damage growth prospects and living standards.

Council chairman Professor Peter Clinch points out that Brexit has far-reaching and ongoing structural implications, which is why competitiveness must be the central pillar of Ireland’s economic policy.

The Council says that legal, energy, and insurance costs continue to escalate while infrastructure bottlenecks, including broadband deficits, and skills...

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