We are told SMEs are the backbone of the economy. What happens if the bone snaps?
Irish firms are behind the curve when it comes to the adoption of new tools relative to their European counterparts. So, we need to make the skills for digital adoption freely available and make the adoption of digital tools cheaper.
25th Feb, 2021 - 5 min read
Bruised and battered this week, is Bitcoin the canary in the mine for modern money?
The rise of Bitcoin might ultimately be remembered as the canary in the mine of a modern money system under unbearable strain. A warning that the current experiment in unanchored money might yet collapse in anger, drama, and mistrust.
24th Feb, 2021 - 3 min read
What does it say when a multinational can book a $3.6bn profit in Ireland and not pay any tax here?
It has no employees and generates marginal revenues. But an Irish subsidiary of EMC has just booked a massive tax-free profit through the sale of intellectual property and inter-company debt flows. Sound familiar?
22nd Feb, 2021 - 4 min read
The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment – What does it really mean for Ireland?
The low-key draft investment agreement between the EU and China is not a free trade deal, but if confirmed, it could remove barriers for Irish companies looking to move into the EU's largest trading partner.
19th Feb, 2021 - 5 min read
Kerry offers reassurances on M&A strategy. It should do the same on disposals
As the food technology group recovers from Covid-19, its chief executive Edmond Scanlon answered a series of questions on the way it picks, conducts and reports acquisitions. The future of its dairy and consumer foods businesses is far less clear.
17th Feb, 2021 - 6 min read
Liquidity begets liquidity: the Airbnb effect, intercity competition, and the outlook for residential rents
It is too simplistic to say that rents fell in Dublin because people moved to the country during the crisis. The data does not back this up. Instead, it points to inter-city competition rather than urban-to-rural migration.