Ian Guider: We have the money but where is the plan to get back to work?
The state does not need to be concerned about the deficit for now but it does need to worry about businesses and jobs
The ultimate paradox of Covid-19’s impact on the economy was on full display last week. As the Central Statistics Office released data showing that one-fifth of the workforce was unemployed at the end of December, and the Department of Finance unveiled a massive €19 billion deficit in the public finances, bond investors were clamouring to grab a slice of the debt being offered by the state.
The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) had...
Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!
All Digital Access + eReader
Unlimited Access for 1 Month
*New subscribers only
€149 For the 1st Year
Unlimited Access for 1 Year
90 Day Pass
Unlimited Access for 2 Years
Get a Business Account for you and your team
High stakes for Ireland as OECD seeks corporation tax reform
Paschal Donohoe published a complex document last week arguing that this country is not an ’anything goes’ tax haven. But will it have the desired effect?
Comment: The time is right for an all-island trade strategy
Such a move would be attractive to many investors who want a headquarters in Dublin and lower production costs outside the capital, and would bring economic benefits both North and South
Aidan Regan: Now is the time to rethink the state’s role in our economy
Easier access to borrowing on bond markets, a lower than expected budget deficit and rising property prices offer opportunities to expand universal public services and reshape Ireland Inc
Ian Guider: Amid the gloom, there are still reasons to be of good cheer
At the end of a wretched year, there are a number of signs indicating that Ireland can weather the economic storm