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Does Uber deserve eye-popping $120 billion valuation?

Does Uber deserve eye-popping $120 billion valuation?

The company is almost 10 years old, and it exists thanks only to a constant supply of fresh cash from a handful of eager investors. This all might turn out to be a mirage

Everyone has a role to play in reducing carbon emissions

Everyone has a role to play in reducing carbon emissions

There is an appetite among consumers to take action, but we need innovative funding programmes to deliver better infrastructure and technology for homes, businesses and farms

Appetite for distraction

Appetite for distraction

Given that Strictly is such a cosy, lovely show, the Strictly Curse (which breaks up marriages and involves extracurricular gob-lobbing) is fairly relentless. Even if you’re just watching it at home

Off message

Off message

Once, writing a children’s book was exclusively the preserve of those who were full-timers at it. Now it’s become an unlikely rite of passage for the rich and famous

A slow and steady centrist budget with an eye on the unknown

A slow and steady centrist budget with an eye on the unknown

Budget 2019 gives a little to a lot, with an aim of consistent and incremental change in an age of uncertainty

A business budget?  Just don’t say it to hoteliers...

A business budget? Just don’t say it to hoteliers...

Curbing tax reliefs when they have fulfilled their purpose shows backbone and sound financial sense. But it won’t make the government any friends in the hospitality sector

The real cost of social housing

The real cost of social housing

There is a lot of talk about the need for more social housing in Ireland – and our apparent inability to provide it. But maybe we need a reality check

The machine that never makes a sound

The machine that never makes a sound

I cannot recall another budget which produced such a muted reaction – but maybe therein lies its achievement

Chris Cary deserves his place in radio's Hall of Fame

Chris Cary deserves his place in radio's Hall of Fame

It took a rogue to blaze a trail for independent radio in Ireland

The fate of Jamal Khashoggi matters

The fate of Jamal Khashoggi matters

The death of a Saudi journalist in Istanbul could mark the start of Donald Trump’s unravelling

Stormy winter ahead but spring election looks likely

Stormy winter ahead but spring election looks likely

With Fianna Fáil offering to support the government until after a possible Brexit deal, the country can expect to go to the polls in the early part of 2019

Budget 2019 has been and gone. What did it all mean?

Budget 2019 has been and gone. What did it all mean?

When it comes to the budget of a nation, to understand what’s going on, don’t look at the headlines. Don’t even look at the text. Look at overarching messages, then the tables, the figures and, most importantly, the footnotes

Democracy can be boring and expensive, but it’s all we have

Democracy can be boring and expensive, but it’s all we have

There is something deeply disquieting about an election for the most significant office in the land which barely resembles a local town council contest, but the process should not be debased by cynicism

Resignation of Naughten injects new dynamic

Resignation of Naughten injects new dynamic

The government is more vulnerable than ever, but there are obstacles in the way of an early election

Much hoped for housing budget failed to materialise

Much hoped for housing budget failed to materialise

At a time when the social and affordable housing crisis is deepening and public anger is rising, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil saw fit to increase the capital budget on housing by a mere 6.5 per cent