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Get your finances ready for the new normal

Get your finances ready for the new normal

Climate change, Brexit, an ageing population and much more will challenge all of us over the coming decades. Are you getting your finances ready for it? And if not, why not?

Sky-high building costs dragging economy down

Sky-high building costs dragging economy down

The low-productivity construction sector undermines the open economy – the government must stop signing cheques and start getting tough

Public finances policy is drifting into a storm

Public finances policy is drifting into a storm

When it comes to budget plans, the government seems happy to simply stay afloat when it should be taking advantage of favourable winds ahead of turbulent times

The turning of the screw on Iran

The turning of the screw on Iran

How can we believe the United States’s claim that Iran attacked Japanese and Norwegian oil tankers in the Straits of Hormuz last week? After all, who benefits from such an event?

Podcasting is the new gold rush, but most hopefuls will make no money

Podcasting is the new gold rush, but most hopefuls will make no money

The latest outbreak of podcast fever fails to recognise the cost of making quality audio or engaging an audience to compete with radio. This bubble will burst

No such thing as ‘absolute confidence’ in courts

No such thing as ‘absolute confidence’ in courts

In calling for such an impossible standard of certainty in cervical screening, the judiciary are asking something of doctors that members of the legal profession wouldn’t dream of achieving in the performance of their duties

Our rules on political funding are actually fairer than most

Our rules on political funding are actually fairer than most

Funding failed parties such as Renua is a small price to pay for our democratic, admirably transparent system

Throwing around lies on immigration is a dangerous game

Throwing around lies on immigration is a dangerous game

We already have ‘controlled immigration’. But anti-migrant fervour, stoked by politicians and media on the right, is making Ireland a colder place for people who have come to call this country home

In a crisis, we shouldn’t wait to implement ‘perfect’ solutions

In a crisis, we shouldn’t wait to implement ‘perfect’ solutions

It’s time to set aside the ban on bedsits and other imperfect accommodation as reports highlight the damage done to those living in hotels and hubs

SBP editorial: ‘Party of prudence’ requires a swift fiscal reality check

SBP editorial: ‘Party of prudence’ requires a swift fiscal reality check

SBP editorial: Boris Johnson will put renewed pressure on Anglo-Irish relations

SBP editorial: Boris Johnson will put renewed pressure on Anglo-Irish relations

Debatable bus plan is not worth destruction of Kavanagh’s Dublin

Debatable bus plan is not worth destruction of Kavanagh’s Dublin

Nobody is denying that the capital has a major traffic problem. But the BusConnects revamp would destroy some of the city’s finest streetscapes and have Patrick Kavanagh turning in his grave

We’re at a crucial moment for our climate - just ask any teen

We’re at a crucial moment for our climate - just ask any teen

Theresa May is way ahead of her global peers on this issue - just like our young people who don’t want to inherit a catastrophe

The parallel universes of climate change protest

The parallel universes of climate change protest

The protest to ‘save the planet’ is far more challenging than earlier protests, because the protesters are also protesting against themselves, against themselves eating beef or using single-use plastic or flying to a wedding on the other side of the globe

Central banks must think outside the box to be ready for the next crisis

Central banks must think outside the box to be ready for the next crisis

With a recession in the US inside the next 12 months a live possibility, attention is turning to what central banks might do if it happens