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Don’t extend Nama: it’s past its sell-by date

Don’t extend Nama: it’s past its sell-by date

Ross has to show us the Ryder Cup money

Ross has to show us the Ryder Cup money

London calling, but fewer will answer after Brexit takes its toll

London calling, but fewer will answer after Brexit takes its toll

As banks, traders and billions flee ahead of Brexit, it looks as if the world’s greatest financial centre is in grave danger of becoming a relative backwater

Mind the gap because regions will be neglected at our peril

Mind the gap because regions will be neglected at our peril

The IDA and Enterprise Ireland have for far too long approached industrial policy with a ‘we know best’ attitude. That must change if our regions are to thrive

Insisting on backstop got us Johnson

Insisting on backstop got us Johnson

Ireland’s intransigence on the issue of the border has brought us to the verge of the worst-case scenario. But there may still be time to salvage a soft Brexit from this mess

McDowell on politics: Boris and the backstop

McDowell on politics: Boris and the backstop

British Leave voters will put Brexit before keeping the North within the UK. The DUP will have to suck it up

Scandal offers state a creche course in childcare needs

Scandal offers state a creche course in childcare needs

The paltry subsidy of €80 hardly puts a dent in childcare costs that average €1,100 a month in Dublin. Tax relief is the best way to offer choice and options to all

Johnson must put North on front foot despite backstop

Johnson must put North on front foot despite backstop

The new British PM must understand how devastating a no-deal Brexit would be for all sectors of Northern Ireland’s economy

At least Bailey’s brass neck wasn’t damaged in SwingGate fall

At least Bailey’s brass neck wasn’t damaged in SwingGate fall

Lowry’s Open win provided the perfect cover to release the report on the Fine Gael TD’s actions. But ten significant questions remain unanswered as sky-high insurance premiums have forced another festival to cancel

Ireland lacks fiscal capacity to respond to society’s changes

Ireland lacks fiscal capacity to respond to society’s changes

We need to come up with better ways to generate revenue and this means bold new thinking by politicians

Corporatised primary care isn’t a panacea for our strained GP services

Corporatised primary care isn’t a panacea for our strained GP services

Under-pressure GPs have become soft targets for venture capitalists who offer to take the ownership burden off their shoulders in the interest of profit

Boris’s Brexit

Boris’s Brexit

Political betting markets now put the chance of a no-deal Brexit at roughly one-third. But, regardless of the reckless promises to Conservative Europhobes that made Boris Johnson prime minister, an orderly, negotiated Brexit will be the favored option for a political libertine whose only consistent principle has been inconsistency.

A Reform Opportunity for the IMF

A Reform Opportunity for the IMF

The 75th anniversary of the Bretton Woods agreement and the departure of Christine Lagarde from the helm of the International Monetary Fund represent a golden opportunity to put the institution on a path toward a more effective and inclusive future. What should her successor's priorities be?

Trump's Iran actions spark search for post-US financial networks

Trump's Iran actions spark search for post-US financial networks

Regardless of whether it succeeds in bending Iran to its will, the Trump administration has strengthened other countries’ incentives to bypass the US financial system altogether

Banks must adapt to rise of digital currency

Banks must adapt to rise of digital currency

The central banks in particular need to keep pace with technological shifts, because worrying about change won’t stop it happening