Up for Debate

Up for debate: The best from the Business Post’s columnists

Insightful analysis of the main developments in business and politics from our team of writers, including Elaine Byrne, Matt Cooper and Ian Guider

Cristiano Ronaldo and Piers Morgan: the soccer legend talked to Morgan in an explosive TV interview last week

Matt Cooper: Ronaldo spat raises questions over who has the bigger brand – superclubs or superstars

The Portuguese superstar is engaged in a war with Manchester United after an interview in which he claimed the club care more about marketing than sport. But the controversy suggests MUFC is no longer even at the top level of business management.

John Gibbons: We’ve got to change our choice of food to feed our growing population

Half of all the habitable land on Earth is now used to feed our vast livestock herds, and for crop production for direct human consumption, with profound impacts on the biosphere.

Elaine Byrne: We need to talk about cannabis, and about legalising it in Ireland

Gino Kenny’s bill to legalise cannabis for personal use presents a timely opportunity to discuss the realities around cannabis and its use today.

Dan O’Brien: Ireland must be prepared to choose sides in the new cold war

Excessive trade and investment dependency on China poses high and escalating risks, and Irish government policy needs to change to reflect this.

Ian Guider: Bitter dispute between IDA and ConnectIreland needs to end now

As serious claims emerge from arbitration hearings, a full independent investigation of what went wrong between the two parties is essential.