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Elaine Byrne: Rent control will make things worse

Elaine Byrne: Rent control will make things worse

Peter McVerry’s call for a rent freeze to solve the homeless crisis is emotional rhetoric

Ireland is wide open to illegal migration

Ireland is wide open to illegal migration

McGurk: A mere two days of Garda checkpoints on the border turned up 50 people trying to enter Ireland illegally. How many make the trip in a full year?

Emerging economies  starting to wobble

Emerging economies starting to wobble

From China to Libya, the signs from emerging economies show a significant threat to growth. And all that small nations like Ireland can do is wait for the dust to settle across the globe

The rise and rise of Jeremy Corbyn

The rise and rise of Jeremy Corbyn

The rise of Jeremy Corbyn is not the only British lesson for our politicians to learn: they should also study the electoral success of the Tories

Thoughts on portfolio management in these choppy markets

Thoughts on portfolio management in these choppy markets

It’s a great feeling when you have a bull market and a bull run – not least if in addition to high single or double digit annual share price appreciation, mid to high single digit dividend growth, there has been a big currency gain on top.

We deserve more than political soap opera

We deserve more than political soap opera

There’s no drama in policy – that’s why Michael McGrath gets free press with coalition talk.

Survival of the fittest

Survival of the fittest

Irish rugby is at the top of its game in popularity terms, but the future is fraught with perils.

Work has changed – but tax policy hasn’t

Work has changed – but tax policy hasn’t

Our tax regime discriminates against the huge number of workers in the new ‘gig economy’.

Why so silent on this new ‘burden’?

Why so silent on this new ‘burden’?

Ireland can shame Europe out of its squalid response to the ongoing refugee crisis.

The cashed-up new collectives

The cashed-up new collectives

Airbnb, Uber and eBay are at the forefront of the sharing economy, but the Revenue is determined to geta slice of the pie too.

Budgeting for absolute power

Budgeting for absolute power

Germany’s plan to create a European budget commissioner with the authority to rewrite national budgets smacks of hegemony and hubris.

Tinder and Vanity Fair should make nice

Tinder and Vanity Fair should make nice

Thanks to Tinder, the Irish are dating properly for the first time.

Tyrone's persecution complex is on show again

Tyrone's persecution complex is on show again

Across the 2000s, the resilience and inner strength of Mickey Harte's team were remarkable.

Paper dragon

Paper dragon

The scary beast of Chinese devaluation has been terrifying markets. But it should hold no fears for those who know that what is happening to the yuan is part of a long-term plan

Investing in betting companies is less ethical than in tobacco

Investing in betting companies is less ethical than in tobacco

I’m not blowing smoke when I tell you that investing in tobacco companies is arguably more ethical than a punt on shares in a bookies