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Equity loans: A new lease of life?

Equity loans: A new lease of life?

Products that let borrowers tap into the value of their home got a bad reputation after the crash. If there is a revival, expect them to be significantly different

Relief on college fees is welcome, but it can be hard to get a result

Relief on college fees is welcome, but it can be hard to get a result

It would be more useful to the families of third-level students if tax break structures were simplified and eligible expenses widened

Cost of US debt brings global ups and downs

Cost of US debt brings global ups and downs

US ten-year bond yields look likely to hit an all-time low, which would be good news for developing nations but a bad sign for the Fed

A cut to airline passenger fees could result in terminal decline

A cut to airline passenger fees could result in terminal decline

Dublin Airport is busier than ever and in need of an upgrade. The aviation watchdog’s insistence on lower charges will barely dent the cost of flights, but might have a severe impact on tourism

Fasten your seatbelts as Ireland accelerates to 5G

Fasten your seatbelts as Ireland accelerates to 5G

The ultra-fast, ultra-powerful network technology has finally arrived in five Irish cities, and it’s a game changer

Sports website must learn the rules of engagement

Sports website must learn the rules of engagement

The Athletic scored an own goal when its co-founder gave a now-infamous interview in the US. As the website launches in Britain, it needs to change its tone and lose its ‘tech bro’ image

Tariff war with China a real threat to the 'Trump boom'

Tariff war with China a real threat to the 'Trump boom'

Donald Trump’s mad scheme to buy Greenland is a distraction: the real show will be the US economy tanking, which is a real possibility

The West’s response to China’s tyranny is ‘amoral’

The West’s response to China’s tyranny is ‘amoral’

We cannot keep cosying up to the superpower in the interests of trade while ignoring China’s increasing human rights abuses in Hong Kong and elsewhere

Kicking the can on the broadcasting charge is a gross betrayal by the government

Kicking the can on the broadcasting charge is a gross betrayal by the government

Public service broadcasting, even when imperfect, is a public good, and we have never been more in need of an independent, nationally representative voice

Populists say the elite is out of touch - and they do have a point

Populists say the elite is out of touch - and they do have a point

Populism is on the rise, but demonising its followers is not helpful. Instead, liberals should try to understand and acknowledge the fears some people have, but not surrender to them

Radical thinking is needed if we want to avoid a Japanese-style slump

Radical thinking is needed if we want to avoid a Japanese-style slump

Things are looking grim and the financial tools used to drag us out of the last global recession are spent, leaving hyper-globalised economies such as ours dangerously exposed

‘Old-fashioned’ journalism must counter far-right’s lies

‘Old-fashioned’ journalism must counter far-right’s lies

The vile barrage of hate that I was subjected to last week shows Ireland is not immune to extremism. Its rise cannot be ignored

Rental sector ‘cheerleaders’ are peddling a dangerous line

Rental sector ‘cheerleaders’ are peddling a dangerous line

Our home ownership system is our welfare, our wealth and our safety net, and it is unwise to dismantle it without having a  plan B

SBP editorial: State must practise what it preaches on public services cards

SBP editorial: State must practise what it preaches on public services cards

SBP editorial: Operation Banner’s 50th anniversary is a warning from the past

SBP editorial: Operation Banner’s 50th anniversary is a warning from the past