Protecting the recovery

Record low interest rates, a weak euro and low oil prices have hugely contributed to Ireland’s export-led economic recovery. All these developments ar(...)

Eleven members of the Aer Lingus board will decide whether to recommend any offer  from International Consolidated Airlines Group to its shareholders and thus pave the way for a sale. Photograph: Artur Widak/PA

Ultimately, 11 members of the Aer Lingus board will decide whether to recommend any offer for the company from International Consolidated Airlines G(...)

Dr. Don Thornhill, chairman National Competitivenes Council, said on Tuesday that Ireland must increase its capital expenditure to a level that at least matches the level in competitor countries. (Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times)

Reducing higher than international average energy prices, investing in infrastructure and restoring trust are the key messages in the National Comp(...)

Colm McCarthy: The UCD economist  regularly lambasts the supports given to the wind energy industry. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The intervention this week of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) in the debate over wind energy throws the spotlight once again on the level o(...)

Wind turbines at Monaincha wind farm in  Roscrea: The Government should wean the renewable energy sector off State supports, says the National Competitiveness Council (NCC). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government should wean the renewable energy sector off State supports, says the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), and it warned against pr(...)

Minister for Jobs and Enterprise  Richard Bruton: “We have shown significant improvements in our cost position and that is reflected by  surveys of the National Competitiveness Council.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland’s international economic competitiveness had improved significantly in recent years, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bru(...)

Dr Don Thornhill: delighted to see Germany win the World Cup. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill
Irish World Cup win

Ireland didn’t qualify for the World Cup – boohoo – but we could still be winners from it. Or so says Dr Don Thornhill, chairman of the National Compe(...)

Dr Don Thornhill, chairman of the National Competitiveness Council. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

TOM LYONS The State’s competitiveness has begun to slip back after several years of improvement, the National Competitiveness Council has warned.NCC’(...)

What makes a country competitive? For 25 years IMD, a Swiss business school, has been measuring global competitiveness, and ranking countries accordin(...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)