Dan O Brien

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A woman walks past a union flag attached to a shuttered shopfront on the Shankill Road in west Belfast last  December following violent protests over restrictions on flying the flag from Belfast City Hall. “If anyone is in any doubt about how conflict disrupts business, just ask Belfast’s hard-pressed merchants.” Photograph: Reuters

Just how accurate is the cliche that we live in an ever-more globalised world? As technology allows more human activity to take place across borders; (...)

Average weekly incomes among the elderly dropped by 5 per cent from 2009 to 2011.Photograph: Alan Betson/The  Irish Times

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the elderly have suffered financially less than other age groups during the recession.The ave(...)

There are indications that Ireland emerged out of recession between April and June, following yesterday’s confirmation that the euro zone as a whole h(...)

The expansion in the euro zone’s economy in the second quarter ended the longest recession since the euro was established in 1999.

The euro zone is formally out of recession, according to figures published by the EU’s statistics agency in Luxembourg. Gross domestic product - the w(...)

Central Bank figures show the decline in household debt in the first three months of the year was partly outstripped by a decrease in disposable income. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The total net wealth of all Irish households declined in the first three months of 2013 compared to the previous quarter, according to figures publish(...)

From a short-term Irish perspective, tomorrow’s numbers from the Grand Duchy will give an indication as to whether demand for goods and services exports will recover, but they will not tell us anything about the domestic economy.

Has the European economy’s nosedive ended? Tomorrow morning, the EU’s statisticians in Luxembourg will release one of the most eagerly anticipated set(...)

The State
Ireland
’s executive structures are like a Ford Model T car navigating a modern motorway. Crashes are inevitable.

lllll‘There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introd(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: Tax returns in July were 3 per cent lower than forecast

Tax returns in July were almost 3 per cent lower than the Department of Finance had forecast, according to the latest Exchequer returns. All of the la(...)

The Central Bank has joined other domestic and international organisations in calling for budget 2014 to contain the full €3.1 billion in spending cut(...)

Once a carpenter, poet Adam White is still inspired by construction: ‘I tend to try to recreate the woodwork, the sounds and smells and pleasures of it, in the writing’

Poetry and carpentry may seem worlds apart but for Adam White, shortlisted for a prestigious poetry award, both crafts require an apprenticeship and g(...)

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