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Push comes  to shove in US-China trade battle

Push comes to shove in US-China trade battle

Beijing’s decision to let its currency weaken surprised the markets, and it is far from clear if Washington can muster an intelligent response

Ireland is becoming Britain’s dumping ground for old cars

Ireland is becoming Britain’s dumping ground for old cars

Used imports are on the rise, which is bad for the environment and for motor retailers. Tax changes to encourage the sale of new cars could be the solution

Emmet Oliver on Business

Emmet Oliver on Business

Virgin Media has good reason to fear the rise of the cord-cutters

Little room left for downsizers

Little room left for downsizers

Older people are often encouraged to move to smaller homes, but it is easier said than done in a market dominated by buy-to-let developments

Why ‘Lone Gunmen’ are never really alone

Why ‘Lone Gunmen’ are never really alone

People who see themselves as defenders of a twisted vision of American society find like minds on websites peddling hatred

Our friends in the North get a bad rap despite their progress

Our friends in the North get a bad rap despite their progress

The 50th anniversary of the deployment of British troops is a reminder of how key advances made in the North since 1969 are still intact

Build it and they will come – but we can’t, with this red tape

Build it and they will come – but we can’t, with this red tape

Procurement paralysis is slowing down the delivery of everything from housing to motorways, with state bodies and regulators affecting delivery times

US and China need to avoid fiscal arms race at all costs

US and China need to avoid fiscal arms race at all costs

Britain is starting to feel the Brexit pain

Britain is starting to feel the Brexit pain

Shock news: yes, there are conservatives in Fine Gael

Shock news: yes, there are conservatives in Fine Gael

The party members who attacked Young Fine Gael president Killian Foley-Walsh for attending a right-wing conference in the US seem to have forgotten the USP of their own organisation

Sport can deliver results far beyond the stadium walls

Sport can deliver results far beyond the stadium walls

Events such as the Dublin Horse Show and GAA matches are a linchpin of our economy, and should be treated as such

A few red faces over the backstop might save us in the long run

A few red faces over the backstop might save us in the long run

A climbdown at this stage would be humiliating for the government, but such a strategy might actually prevent a hard border

Michael McDowell on Politics

Michael McDowell on Politics

Independence unlocked Ireland’s prosperity, and it could do the same for the North

Facing a disaster of Titanic proportions: The closure of Belfast's Harland & Wolff shipyard

Facing a disaster of Titanic proportions: The closure of Belfast's Harland & Wolff shipyard

The closure of Belfast’s once great Harland & Wolff shipyard is an apt symbol of the decline and fall of the region’s economic status. Its only chance of revival is to look south

Irish agriculture at a crossroads as beef row drags on

Irish agriculture at a crossroads as beef row drags on

The only outcome of allowing Irish farming to collapse inwards is the emergence of a form of corporate, factory farming which will change the style and quality of Irish produce