Chris Johns

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Over a third of Irish businesses have been targeted by fraudsters in the past 12 months, according to a survey by Bank of Ireland

Local authorities in Dublin have been accused of wasting taxpayers’ money by leasing social housing units from the private sector when it would be sig(...)

Depending on which looking glass you use, we are either borrowing from ourselves or printing the money. Or, ultimately, a bit of both. Photograph: Davd Sleator

The economic policy response to the pandemic has been compared to wartime. Coronavirus has changed many things, not least the terms of the debate abou(...)

Bond markets are signalling trouble for all of us as yields rise. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Is the era of free and easy government borrowing drawing to a close? Governments everywhere have been able to spend vast sums of money in order t(...)

US president Joe Biden is taking to heart the advice of his new treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, “to go large”. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg

A remarkable and radical economic experiment is about to be conducted in the US. Almost unnoticed on this side of the Atlantic, Joe Biden is winding(...)

The EU has been slower than most major economies to fund vaccine development and to approve their use. Photograph:  Aizar Raldes/AFP via Getty Images

Could the vaccine crisis turn into an existential issue for the European Union? Before we dismiss this question as verging on hyperbole, it’s worth no(...)

In saying that the deal contains ‘no non-tariff barriers’, Johnson revealed, again, that he hasn’t bothered reading what he has signed. Photograph:   Adrian Dennis/AFP

They think it’s all over. A free trade agreement completed in record time; one that is more comprehensive than any other conducted in the EU’s history(...)

Cathriona Hallahan, managing director of Microsoft Ireland with chief executive of IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan and  Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar  as Microsoft Ireland announced the creation of 200 new engineering roles. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

NatWest is being advised by Goldman Sachs on the future of Ulster Bank in the Republic, as the UK lender looks at winding down the unit which shows no(...)

Released from lockdowns and other restrictions, we will want to spend. Consumer spending sprees will prime the recovery pump.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

I think we are on the cusp of an economic boom. That’s not a forecast served up from a flawed economic model; it’s a view based on an existential pers(...)

I have American friends who believe the divisions that Trump has exploited are now so deep that the country will ultimately split. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg

Four years ago pollsters were confident that Donald Trump would lose. Stock market soothsayers predicted Wall Street would tumble after a Trump victor(...)

The concern now is that as more businesses run into financial trouble, even with Government supports, many will not make it through.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Large parts of the economy are in lockdown again. How do we assess the economic costs of this? Data, outlined below, shows how many people never retur(...)

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