We need a new institution to solve climate change via technology, green innovation, and SME dynamism
Multiple assessments of the Irish economy agree that the long-term issues facing us are intergenerational inequality, firms dealing with technological change, and climate change. Here is how we can tackle them.
13th May, 2021 - 7 min read
A year on, FBD has yet to say if its reinsurers are covering Covid business interruption claims
Even now, after a mammoth High Court case, practically nothing is known about FBD’s reinsurance policy. Other insurers have been open and transparent. FBD has said surprisingly little. Just what is going on?
12th May, 2021 - 3 min read
Goodbody is proposing Reits for renewables. A “crazy idea” or a worthwhile policy?
An informal suggestion from a leading stockbroker to a minister made it into a formal disclosure: If tax-transparent investment structures were so successful to channel capital into property, why not roll them out to green energy? There is more to it than meets the eye.
12th May, 2021 - 5 min read
Boom Supersonic has declared war on commercial aviation. What could it mean for airlines, lessors and consumers?
Colorado start-up Boom is promising to bring back supersonic travel. To understand if it can succeed, you have to understand why Concorde ultimately failed, and also examine the competing interests of aircraft manufacturers and airlines.
11th May, 2021 - 7 min read
Lockdown, liquidity and respite for homebuyers: what the data tells us about the outlook for house prices
A truly extraordinary set of circumstances over the past year created a spike in prices. But it is very likely to be just that – a temporary spike, rather than a permanent shift. To understand why, you have to look at the core data.
10th May, 2021 - 5 min read
This land is their land: Noonan-omics, cuckoo funds and the Irish housing crisis
The sale of an entire housing estate in Co Kildare did not happen by accident. It occurred because of policy choices that the Irish state made over the past eight years – choices that have changed the nature of home ownership and distorted the housing market.
8th May, 2021 - 6 min read
Irish agri-food is facing up to its climate responsibility – it’s just 10 years late
From science to soul-searching, the industry is showing signs of a deep shift in addressing its environmental impact. The bad news is that the rest of the world has moved on, and rules are long set for the rest of this decade. The good news is that work taking place now will be useful to tackle the real challenge coming after 2030.