There was a mere 10 months between the gamble of the exit and the first post-austerity budget. Photogarph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Government should be congratulated for its courage and luck on bailout exit strategy

The fall in oil prices could represent the equivalent of a trillion-dollar tax cut for the global economy. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Opinion: Irish exporters to benefit from falls in oil prices

An oilfield in Iraq. The oil market is analysed more than any other, and for good reason – it really is that important.  Photograph: Reuters

Impact of oil price collapse has potential to be massive

Social  media enhances our interactions with fellow human beings but also poses great risks. Photograph: Camelia Dobrin/Ikon Images

Bullying unacceptable at home or in school but fine on social media, writes Chris Johns

An Apple watch at an Apple event in California. Technology has essentially shifted the profitability of the telephone and newspaper industries to Apple and Google

Opinion: legacy of financial crisis may be vulnerability to technological disruption

Jean-Claude Trichet: We have his letters, but we will probably never know exactly what former ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet said to Brian Lenihan. Photograph: Bloomberg

Interests of weaker EU states will always come second to interests of the stronger ones

Company lending is a risky business with characteristics common to other forms of credit but also with its own unique challenges

Are low levels of lending to SMEs a reflection of limited demand for credit rather than lack of supply?

Michael Noonan: unlikely to agree with recent criticism of Ireland in the New York Times for displaying an apparent lack of interest in corporate tax reform. Photograph: Alan Betson

An astonishing number of US firms are incorporated in Delaware, despite having no business there. Why?

“The Common Travel Area (CTA) is utterly inconsistent: it means no queues and no passport controls when we travel to Heathrow and Gatwick, but usually involves queues and always a passport check when travelling through Dublin Airport.” Photograph:  Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Initiatives like the Common Travel Area agreement with the UK must make it easier to travel and do business

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