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 Ibec, however, told the committee that an income-contingent loan system was the only “equitable and sustainable” option. Photograph: Frank Miller

Thousands of graduates will end up leaving Ireland and may never return if a student loan scheme is introduced, an Oireachtas committee heard on Thurs(...)

Christmas demand: sterling has slumped 20 per cent since the beginning of the year, prompting more consumers to travel North to shop or go online in search of bargains.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Employers’ group Ibec has expressed concern at the softening of consumer demand and retail sales in the run-up to Christmas, which it blames on Brexit(...)

“The current change in currency value is structural, not cyclical, and has occurred following fundamental changes to the economic and business environment domestically and in the UK”

Employers’ group Ibec has warned of a major crash in export volumes and significant jobs losses as a result of the sterling crisis unless remedial mea(...)

The Leaving Cert is considered “deficit-based” and forces students to take subjects which they may not be able for. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Next week almost 50,000 students will find out how they fared in this year’s Leaving Cert. The results will play a crucial role in shaping the future(...)

Senator Kevin Humphreys: “There were examples of [JobBridge] abuses which were highlighted by the media, but the success stories were not publicised.’’ File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A Labour Senator and former minister of state Kevin Humphreys has denied that the JobBridge scheme was abused by employers on a widespread basis and s(...)

“It is likely in the long run to be beneficial to Ireland because Ireland would offer the benefits of an English-speaking economy based in Europe,” says former director of global engagement on the White House’s National Security Council Brett Bruen. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The majority of the implications for Ireland of a UK departure from the European Union are negative, but every cloud holds a silver lining, in the eye(...)

Ibec economist Fergal O’Brien: Ireland not at races when it comes to personal taxation. Photograph: Eric Luke /Irish Times

Proposals to clamp down on multinational tax avoidance are unlikely to alter the amount of tax paid by companies, an Irish tax expert has claimed. Di(...)

Fergal O’Brien, Ibec’s head of policy and chief economist said, “Ireland’s economic recovery is set to continue; more importantly it’s becoming more broad-based

Ibec says the economy will expand by 3.1 per cent this year and nearly 4 per cent next year. In its latest economic outlook, the employer’s group said(...)

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