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Paul Healy, chief executive of Skillnet Ireland: “We must promote the uniquely human skills of strategic thinking, leadership, commercial awareness, collaboration, communicating and influencing, forming relationships.”

Ireland runs the risk of becoming a two-speed economy if current productivity trends continue into the future. One of the key underlying factors causi(...)

Stock markets have always been volatile, but the suddenness of the recent correction   took many by surprise. Photograph: Getty Images

The recent stock market volatility has unsettled investors. Should they be worried by the recent spike in volatility? Is it better to ignore the marke(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe: plans  to halt the population decline at 100 million (it is  currently 127 million). Photograph: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty

For years Japan has been anxiously mulling whether to import more foreigners to stem a shortage of workers. That debate seems to have been partially r(...)

Danny McCoy, chief executive officer of Ibec, photographed at their offices in Baggot St. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Business lobby group Ibec is forecasting that growth in the economy will slow to 4.5 per cent next year from 7.8 per cent in 2018. The group, in its (...)

UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab drew howls of derision for his admission that he “hadn’t quite understood” the importance of the Dover-Calais crossing to British trade. Photograph: Getty Images

UK Brexit secretary Dominic Raab dropped a clanger that would make even Boris Johnson squirm this week, drawing howls of derision for his admission th(...)

It’s alright for our American friends to have a zero-tolerance approach to smoking but here in the land of passive-aggressive, round-about communication – “God you’re gas! still smoking!” – it’s less straightforward. Photograph: Getty Images

On a recent trip to Germany, I was surprised at the prevalence of smoking. Everyone was smoking, everywhere, all the time, or so it seemed. Actually, (...)

Gareth Lambe, head of Facebook Ireland: has secured agreement to lease the 14-acre Bankcentre campus in Ballsbridge. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The outdoor terrace at the top of Facebook’s international headquarters in Dublin gives the social media giant a bird’s eye view of Google’s office bl(...)

French finance minister Bruno Le Maire proposed a compromise to secure agreement for an EU-wide digital sales tax. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s finance minister, Olaf Scholz, had long conveyed reservations about the European Commission’s proposed directive for a digital sales tax (DS(...)

European commissioner  Pierre Moscovici,  Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Spain’s minister for finance Nadia Calvino at the  meeting of Eurogroup finance ministers  in Brussels, on Monday.  Photograph:  Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

There is no wavering in Dublin’s opposition to proposals for an EU digital sales tax, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe insisted ahead of an EU mee(...)

Greek prime minister  Alexis Tsipras: between a rock and a hard place. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

While the Greek government waits for the latest developments on both the Macedonian front and its war of words with Turkey, the fallout from the econo(...)

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