Hedging our food bets: Why the State should invest in the plant-based revolution threatening Ireland’s farming future
McDonald's is the latest food business to announce a plant-based alternative for next year. We don’t know yet if shifts in consumer demand away from meat and dairy are a temporary fad or deep-seated trends. Either way, a public stake in this emerging industry would help manage what the future holds for Irish farmers.
A fair deal on rents: In return for support from tenants and the state, could landlords take a haircut on rents?
We sacrificed tax to lure multinationals. We need similar thinking to help our SMEs in a time of crisis. The first step should be a new deal on rents, which would allow cash strapped companies to survive.