Economy defies Brexit fears, yet challenges remain

Corporation tax, government spending, housing, agriculture, climate change, digitalisation and SME vulnerability still need to be addressed

22nd December, 2019
Economy defies Brexit fears, yet challenges remain
Grafton Street, Dublin’s busiest retail thoroughfare: wages are growing across the economy, but there may be trouble ahead. Picture: Fergal Phillips

In 2019, the Irish economy continued to confound those who believed it would grind to a halt due to Brexit.

Another year may have passed without any clarity on what Britain’s relationship with the rest of the EU will be, yet Brexit has not had the disastrous effects on the country it had threatened at the beginning of the year.

Sentiment surveys of manufacturers, consumers and the construction sectors indicated that difficulties lay ahead....

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