Alan Barrett

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Brexit has fuelled a major pick-up in North-South trade but also a downturn in imports from Britain. Photograph: iStock

Employers’ group Ibec and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) are to collaborate on a new all-island economy research project. The aim (...)

Eamonn Crean of the Crean family, owners of Greenhill Fruit Farm, with his daughter Analise. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Ronan Curtin placed an ad for student summer jobs two weeks ago. The operations manager at Doyles Veg Prep (DVP) in Dublin 22 was looking to fill 10 g(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: “This collaboration with the ESRI will produce research outputs across a range of areas this year.” File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The potential benefits of developing “sectoral ecosystems” on the island of Ireland to attract foreign investment in the wake of Brexit is to be exam(...)

Should those living in large houses after their children leave  be encouraged by the State to trade down? Photograph: iStock

There are few more emotive subjects in Ireland than the “family home”. And we do seem to live in bigger homes than the average. A European Commission (...)

Four out of five Irish people saw incomes grow or stay the same in the pandemic. Covid-19 created schisms – between old and young, ill and well, ho(...)

Why do we have such trouble attracting women into roles of positions of authority? Let’s ask Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, due her first baby next year, who currently has no entitlement to maternity leave, why she thinks that might be. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A thousand years ago in May, when I was writing about why I believed it was important for schools to reopen before the summer holidays, I heard from a(...)

The State would likely see an increase in companies going out of business later this year, continuing into next year, Mr Varadkar said. Photograph: Julien Behal

Banks will need to show borrowers and businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic further leeway, the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and E(...)

The programme for government points towards a bigger role for the State in the housing market. Photograph:    Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Negotiating a programme for government in the midst of a global pandemic was never going to be easy. The document that emerged contains important poli(...)

Positives from the pandemic: Máire Gilmartin of St Vincent's University Hospital in PPE; a climate protest near the Dáil; and traffic on the M50 in west Dublin. Photographs: Alan Betson

The crisis presents the country with huge threats. But it also shows us new ways forward – in health, housing, the public service, work and lifesty(...)

The traditional Keynesian approach is that the government needs to step in to fill a significant part of the gap caused by a collapsing economy – such as the situation caused by Covid-19. Image: iStock

The Government finances have been turned on their head by Covid-19. An expected surplus of taxes over spending of around €2.8 billion for this year is(...)

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