Why has inflation disappeared? And is it a good thing? Photograph: iStock

Rapid disappearance of inflation has made workers poorer. And that’s not its worst effect

‘Could Cork transform itself into a true high-density city?’ File photograph: Getty

Cork doesn’t need to emulate Manhattan, but a significant increase in building is needed

The Bank of Ireland building at College Green. After the former parliament building was sold to the  Bank of Ireland, the bank avoided the then wealth tax (on windows) by blocking up the windows. Photograph: Alan Betson

With both the left and right agitating for the move worldwide, it might happen

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe before delivering Budget 2019. The upcoming budget should involve a multi-decade plan to provide proper public infrastructure. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The budget should be a multi-decade plan to provide proper public infrastructure

A Kenyan hawker sells mobile phone covers on a street, in Nairobi. Photograph: Simon Maina/Getty

These consummate entrepreneurs are buying and selling as if their lives depended on it

Dubai stands testament to what can be done through sheer force of will and extraordinary urban vision. File photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Dubai’s foreign labour record is appalling, but it could teach us a thing or two about urban vision

People load luggage  into a car at José Martí International Airport in Havana, Cuba. File photograph: Enrique De La Osa/Reuters

If you restrict supply amid huge demand, even old bangers become hugely expensive

Dún Laoghaire should be one of the best places to live in Ireland. It has so much potential. The seafront and harbour are unique. Yet the town feels abandoned. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Crippled by years of bad planning, Dún Laoghaire and towns like it must now lead the way

 Apple chief executive Tim Cook: Apple has a 20% share of the smartphone market but captures as much as 92% of the industry’s operating profit. File photograph: Eric Luke

Day of the clock-in clock-out salaryman is fading as earnings inequality grows unabated

A storm over the Adriatic Sea. We should take a leaf out of Emperor Augustus’s book and use the natural rhythm of the economic cycle and the one-off event of Brexit to signal a change in the way we work and orientate ourselves. Photograph: Chris Winsor/Getty Images

To make Brexit work for us, we must build up our cities, invest in transport and tax land

When it comes to financing disruptive technology, lower interest rates are deflationary rather than inflationary.

Disruptive technology has rewritten the economic rulebook, but the old manual is still in use

British prime minister Boris Johnson is making great play of the bunker mentality. But, ultimately, the UK will have to cut a trade deal with the EU. Photograph: Simon Dawson/EPA

The Brexit long game is glaringly obvious and is the one on which we must concentrate

UK prime minister Boris Johnson holds a plastic wrapped kipper fish during a hustings event in London on July 17th, 2019. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters.

David McWilliams: Ireland needs to pay more attention to global trends than regional ones

Muhammad Ali  knocking out George Foreman during the so-called Rumble in the Jungle in Kinshasa, Zaire on  October 30th, 1974. China is now throwing its investment hat in the African ring. Photograph: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images

By 2100, a quarter of all humans will be African, so China’s gamble could pay off