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21
Oct
2015

Silk originated in China and the Silk Road is the collective name given to a number of ancient trade routes linking China and Central Asia. Modern China wants to recreate the Silk Road with road and rail links from Beijing via Urumqi in the north to western Europe. It sees the potential of boosting trade by US$2.6tn in the next decade, more than the value of its exports in 2013. The UK is the biggest European recipient of Chinese investment and the UK has the ambition to be China's top partner in Europe. Can Ireland gain from these developments?

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19
Oct
2015

Ireland: The national parliament's belated Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis, colloquially known as the Banking Inquiry, has yet to report but expect nothing as you shall not be disappointed. Enda Kenny, taoiseach, who has put tax cuts at the heart of his party's general election programme, in commonwith his recent predecessors merits the famous epitaph for the French Bourbons delivered by Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, prince de Bénévent: "they had learned nothing and forgotten nothing."

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16
Oct
2015

Finfacts reported in 2010 that the real price — on constant currency value basis calculated by stripping out inflation — of a Dutch house in Amsterdam, the commercial capital of The Netherlands, only doubled in more than 350 years according to IMF research. In Ireland through boom, bust and recovery, real prices have almost doubled in about 20 years.

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14
Oct
2015

Apart from a tax rise on cigarettes, the two ministerial statements on Tuesday setting out budget tax cuts and planned spending rises in 2016, were packed with items of cheer for the public that politicians yearn to deliver. Watching the change from the grim budgets from 2008, it seemed like a Morning in Ireland moment with the good times back at last.

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13
Oct
2015

Budget 2016 Day: Michael Noonan, finance minister, will begin his Budget statement at 2:15pm today and he is expected to confirm the official leaks in recent weeks of a package of tax cuts and spending hikes worth €3bn that the Government hopes will woo Irish voters in advance of an early 2016 general election.

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13
Oct
2015

"Give me a one-handed economist! All my economists say, 'On the one hand' and 'On the other,'" Harry Truman, US president 1945-1953, once said, and Monday's announcement of what is commonly called the Nobel Prize in Economics raises a perennial question on the claim of economics to be a science. For a start, the announcement on Monday was not on the winner of a Nobel Prize.

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12
Oct
2015
9
Oct
2015

Irish Politics: Whether the next general election is held in November or March 2016 will not matter as we know that the familiar campaign template of boom, bust and recovery, will be in place with scraps on tax, welfare and public spending. We also know that apart from bromides in party manifestos, there will not be serious attention to preparing for long-term change by reform in governance, social and enterprise policies. It is what George H.W. Bush, then US vice president, called the "vision thing" in 1987, which he was often accused of lacking.

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8
Oct
2015

Half Ireland's population was paid public income supports in 2014 according to data from the Department of Social Protection and the European Commission. In 2014 2.22m people including dependents were in receipt of payments from the Department of Social Protection and there were 125,000 beneficiaries of the European Common Agricultural Policy.

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6
Oct
2015

Ireland & Beps Tax Reform: The final proposals of the OECD Beps (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) project that were published on Monday, are expected to be ratified by the 19 leaders of the world's biggest advanced and emerging economies, at a G-20 summit next month in Turkey. There are many implications for Ireland including significant changes in the national accounts. For example reported services exports will plunge in coming years by up to 50% in value.

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