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There is no Property section in this week's newspaper. It will return next week. The staff of the Property section and of The Sunday Business Post would like to wish all our readers a happy New Year.
There is no Property section in this week's newspaper. It will return in the New Year. The staff of the Property section and of The Sunday Business Post would like to wish all our readers a merry Chri
Ireland is in a somewhat better position than it was a year ago, but Europe, the EU project and the euro currency are all in considerably worse shape. The Fine Gael-Labour coalition - it is hardly t
There is a 'damned if we do, damned if we don't' feeling about the prospect of a referendum on the new EU agreement. Voting yes would be to support what, on first appearances, is not a good deal, as t
The campaign against the new household charge is political opportunism at its worst. If we are to have any chance of having a stable tax and public spending system in future, tax on property must be a
To judge the outcome from the EU summit, it is necessary to ask two questions: was what was agreed sensible? And can it be implemented? On both counts, the outcome of the latest summit fails the test.
There were welcome measures in the budget - it was vital to keep reducing the deficit, the avoidance of income tax hikes was correct and there were welcome, if limited, reliefs for households and bus
'First, do no harm" is often a good prescription for governments, as well as doctors. However, given that it needs to raise €3.8 billion, the government will struggle to stick to that dictum in this w
Austerity is not a cure-all for Europe. This is a vital message which the ECB and the EU leaders need to bear in mind, as they enter a crucial week. First, let us look at the ECB. It is clearly caugh
So the euro crisis appears to be reaching its crunch stage. Just consider where we are. Three countries are in a bailout and Italy and Spain are effectively locked out of borrowing markets - or close
The basic problem underlying much of the European crisis is that too many countries have lost the political will to live within their means over the medium term. Easy credit (much of its supplied by G
Sean Quinn is within his rights to apply for bankruptcy in the North. Yet it will only increase the annoyance of people in the Republic that someone who is going to cost the taxpayer a couple of billi
Is the government really getting to grips with the cost of running the country? Certainly, current spending is set to fall between now and 2015 in cash terms, and this will not be easily achieved. H
In another chaotic week, Europe appeared to pull back slightly from the brink, with the announcement and then cancellation of a Greek referendum which, had it been lost, would have had potentially cat
Today, we congratulate president-elect Michael D Higgins and wish him well in office. After a bright start to the election, when he appeared to speak most realistically about what a president can actu
The EU has applied another sticking plaster to its problems. This time it may be a bit bigger than previous attempts to patch up the patient, but a sticking plaster it remains. What was agreed at the
It has been a gruelling presidential campaign for all the participants. One by one the candidates have been subjected to intense and unmerciful scrutiny by the media; one by one they have wilted under
So Ireland has passed its latest examination by the EU/ECB/IMF troika with flying colours. But these quarterly reviews are not the trial by ordeal that they seem. The fact is that the government is in
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