AIB financial targets will be met by closures and 1,500 job cuts
The bank, which is 71 per cent owned by the Irish taxpayer, may also be looking towards acquisitions, one of which is the wealth management company Goodbody stockbrokers which it formerly owned
Brian Keegan: Businesses deserve a reward after such a tough year
It’s clear from the November exchequer returns that Irish firms have been doing the right thing throughout the coronavirus crisis
Credit guarantee: The money’s there, but where is it going?
With very little of the €2 billion credit guarantee cash having found its way to stricken companies, some are speculating that the banks are too busy dealing with underperforming loans to lend cash to firms
Can O’Leary lead Ryanair out of this unprecedented crisis?
Analysis: Michael O’Leary must be unhappy that he can’t run his company in his own way during the pandemic. His is the personality that made Ryanair Ireland’s most successful export, but he faces his biggest challenge yet in bringing the company back to recovery
Analysis: A world debt crisis is not imminent, despite Covid-19
How the new debt taken on by governments is used will be a key factor determining the global economic recovery from the pandemic
Analysis: Covid-19 has led some companies to better business models
The pandemic has given some firms a greater insight into where they can improve and where they can cut back. Those who use the opportunity to re-evaluate will emerge stronger in a post-Covid world
Analysis: Bogue’s departure is not a crisis for Green Party
Recent defections do not appear to have affected the Greens’ support and many in the party are secretly relieved to lose some of its more vocal internal critics
Enjoy the silence: TDs take comfort from muted reaction to Budget 2021
There has been relatively little outcry about the record-breaking budget announced last week, which many are interpreting as a sign of its popularity
A 2021 recovery is possible if the right choices are made
Analysis: While we’re in for a rough time, the early signs are that years of painful austerity will not be inflicted again to balance the books
This budget must be the first step in a strategic exit from the crisis
Analysis: Emergency support will continue to be needed, but it is crucial that we move from an emergency mindset and focus funds on rebuilding investor confidence and creating jobs
Analysis: To back Nphet or the coalition? That is the question for the opposition
TDs of all parties seem to be of the view that the call to move to level 5 restrictions was extreme, but that leaves them in the awkward position of supporting the government’s decision
Analysis: Because they’re worth it: why hiring lobbyists pays off
Former junior finance minister Michael D’Arcy’s move to the IAIM provoked unfavourable comment, but his new employers won’t be worried
Analysis: Over-caution in investment won’t get business restarted in 2021
The danger is that Paschal Donohoe and Michael McGrath might be overcautious and not invest enough to restart the economy and restore jobs when the virus recedes
Leaving Cert grading errors: how did it happen and what impact will it have?
Students have been left in a state of extreme uncertainty after a coding error resulted in 6,500 of them receiving lower grades than they should have.
Apple case is a stick to beat Ireland into submission
As Europe and the OECD push hard for digital tax reform, our tech-dependent economy is left in an unenviable position
Solidarity being tested by ‘Covid fatigue’ as restrictions hit home
Unlike the social solidarity of the initial response to Covid-19, the more nuanced health advice being given now is leading to people questioning the rationale for restrictions and, in some regions, a sense of being punished