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Build it and they will come – but we can’t, with this red tape

Build it and they will come – but we can’t, with this red tape

Procurement paralysis is slowing down the delivery of everything from housing to motorways, with state bodies and regulators affecting delivery times

US and China need to avoid fiscal arms race at all costs

US and China need to avoid fiscal arms race at all costs

Britain is starting to feel the Brexit pain

Britain is starting to feel the Brexit pain

Shock news: yes, there are conservatives in Fine Gael

Shock news: yes, there are conservatives in Fine Gael

The party members who attacked Young Fine Gael president Killian Foley-Walsh for attending a right-wing conference in the US seem to have forgotten the USP of their own organisation

Sport can deliver results far beyond the stadium walls

Sport can deliver results far beyond the stadium walls

Events such as the Dublin Horse Show and GAA matches are a linchpin of our economy, and should be treated as such

A few red faces over the backstop might save us in the long run

A few red faces over the backstop might save us in the long run

A climbdown at this stage would be humiliating for the government, but such a strategy might actually prevent a hard border

Michael McDowell on Politics

Michael McDowell on Politics

Independence unlocked Ireland’s prosperity, and it could do the same for the North

Facing a disaster of Titanic proportions: The closure of Belfast's Harland & Wolff shipyard

Facing a disaster of Titanic proportions: The closure of Belfast's Harland & Wolff shipyard

The closure of Belfast’s once great Harland & Wolff shipyard is an apt symbol of the decline and fall of the region’s economic status. Its only chance of revival is to look south

Irish agriculture at a crossroads as beef row drags on

Irish agriculture at a crossroads as beef row drags on

The only outcome of allowing Irish farming to collapse inwards is the emergence of a form of corporate, factory farming which will change the style and quality of Irish produce

The European Parliament's misguided ambitions

The European Parliament's misguided ambitions

Giving the European Parliament more authority, at the expense of the council and particularly the commission, will only weaken further the EU’s capacity to develop and implement policy

Off message: Irish language needs a rebrand

Off message: Irish language needs a rebrand

Too many students resent studying Irish, but making it an optional subject is a cop-out: we need to change the way we teach it, and jazz up its staid image

Make carbon taxes high-viz, or we’ll have our own gilets jaunes

Make carbon taxes high-viz, or we’ll have our own gilets jaunes

Behavioural taxes work only if they are avoidable, culturally acceptable and obvious

A tough stance is needed when bankers fall foul of the rules

A tough stance is needed when bankers fall foul of the rules

The Central Bank’s recent report on fund managers is likely to see its enforcement division working overtime in the next year

EU faces conflict between climate change action and free trade

EU faces conflict between climate change action and free trade

Ursula von der Leyen’s proposed carbon border tax would be a radical step, but it would face a backlash from a number of quarters

How Ireland can stay safe in the face of a corporate tax overhaul

How Ireland can stay safe in the face of a corporate tax overhaul

When forced to reform, Swiss banks adapted swiftly and wisely to ensure continued success. Our economy is agile enough to do the same