Cliff Taylor

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We’ve never had it so good?

The recovery in the Irish jobs market since the crash has been extraordinary. First job numbers picked up in some sectors, then across the board and n(...)

The Central Bank is warning that funding and regulatory pressures could lead to a rise in longer-term fixed rates in future

The bulk of new mortgages being taken out now are fixed-rate products. Most borrowers are fixing for relatively short periods of time, though there ar(...)

The total number of people at work rose by a record 35,200 compared to the final quarter of 2018 and by 81,200 since the same time last year.

The latest Irish employment figures show a remarkable acceleration in jobs growth in the first three months of the year . The total number of people (...)

Paris gathering: The US underlined its opposition to unilateral action on a digital sales tax. Photograph: EPA

The momentum for global reform of corporate taxes was underlined at an OECD ministers’ meeting in Paris on Wednesday. US support, vital if the issue i(...)

Property prices may strongly surge again, the OECD says. Photograph: iStock

The Irish property market remains vulnerable to “rapid changes in prices” and the influx of foreign investors could create a new source of risk, accor(...)

Conceived during the crisis, the broadband plan was designed to minimise the up-front cost. Whether that is now the best option to deliver long-term value for money is the question.

The Government is battling to win support for its broadband plan – welcomed through much of rural Ireland, but attacked by its own senior officials an(...)

 OECD research shows that the average net cost of childcare –  counting in child benefit and other State supports – is around 28%  of average earnings, compared to the EU average of 12%

Why is Ireland such an expensive place to live? The annual review from the National Competitiveness Council – published this week – may focus on the c(...)

 A change in road markings marking the Border between the Republic  and Northern Ireland, outside the town of Middletown. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

If there is a no-deal Brexit, the UK immediately leaves the EU trading bloc. This means controls would be needed on goods entering the EU single marke(...)

The ballooning cost of the children’s hospital has placed the Government in a near impossible position of continuing in the face of huge extra cost, retendering or abandoning the project.

When the political cut and thrust over the spiralling children’s hospital cost ends lessons need to be learned. Frustratingly, recent history shows I(...)

Anti-Brexit posters displayed in Newry on the Northern Ireland Border. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The UK government has announced that a special group has been established to look at alternatives to the proposed backstop plan to avoid a hard Irish (...)

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