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O’Leary hasn’t gone away, you know – for now at least

O’Leary hasn’t gone away, you know – for now at least

The Ryanair boss has a €100m incentive to deliver the goods over the next five years, but after that he may decide enough is enough

Economic prosperity is why we need to talk about poverty

Economic prosperity is why we need to talk about poverty

Social inequality is getting worse as the economy grows – the only solution is to tax the rich harder

Backing Saudi Arabia will put the West on the wrong side of history

Backing Saudi Arabia will put the West on the wrong side of history

Last weekend’s attack on Saudi Arabia’s precious oil fields could mark the escalation of the proxy war in Yemen into open conflict with Iran. If it does, Trump and Europe will be partly to blame

Trump sets up Fed to be the fall guys

Trump sets up Fed to be the fall guys

Investors expect a recession at some stage next year, ahead of the US presidential election next November. That will be bad news for Trump, leaving him vulnerable on his most exposed flank

Why does Greta Thunberg annoy so many people?

Why does Greta Thunberg annoy so many people?

There is a body of people who just cannot take being guided, told, warned – call it what you will – by a young woman who has a clear message and refuses to play the game, political or personal

Brexit house of cards

Brexit house of cards

The UK finds itself in a state of political frenzy. With rational decision-making having become all but impossible, any new political agreement that emerges is likely to be both temporary and deeply flawed

Lower interest rates may cause more economic pain

Lower interest rates may cause more economic pain

With interest rates already extremely low, a further decline will have a negative economic impact via increased market concentration and lower productivity growth

Off Message: How we talk about suicide

Off Message: How we talk about suicide

If young musicians are writing about anxiety and suicide ideation, is it a good idea for parents to let their teens listen to it?

Hitler hilarity shows there’s no limits on taste

Hitler hilarity shows there’s no limits on taste

From Charlie Chaplin to the BBC, the creative community has long been fascinated by World War II

The Last Post: McGann’s €2.3m thank you

The Last Post: McGann’s €2.3m thank you

The former Smurfit Kappa chief executive will have to pay tax on his whopping gift

Personal Finance: Don’t quit your plan just yet

Personal Finance: Don’t quit your plan just yet

Two new reports advocate stopping expenditure on private healthcare. But it may be a bumpy road before we get to a quality state system

Let’s not rush to judgment over SUVs on our streets

Let’s not rush to judgment over SUVs on our streets

The recent catastrophe in Berlin which claimed the lives of four pedestrians has redoubled scrutiny of SUVs, but that’s not the full story

The Tax Take: The no-deal Brexit budget can disappoint with impunity

The Tax Take: The no-deal Brexit budget can disappoint with impunity

After the Minister for Finance’s announcement that the upcoming budget will assume no deal, expectations will be low - a good thing if you’re in government

Hogan’s run in trade could  be just what Ireland needs

Hogan’s run in trade could be just what Ireland needs

Phil Hogan has based his entire political career on pragmatism. If he takes tips from Jean-Claude Juncker on diplomacy, his years as EU trade commissioner could be very successful

Driving health ministers into the bunker bad for everyone

Driving health ministers into the bunker bad for everyone

Freed from fighting fires over operational matters, those in charge could take the time to step back and look at the big picture – to the benefit of us all