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British prime minister Theresa May  during a news conference following the EU  leaders’ summit in  Brussels where the Brexit extension was announced. Photograph:  Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Industry groups have expressed relief that the EU and UK have agreed to extend the Brexit date to October 31st to give businesses more time to prepare(...)

Brexit: The uncertainty just rolls on . . . and on. Photograph: PA Wire

For the Irish economy and businesses, the imminent threat of a no-deal Brexit has been taken off the table. The UK will not crash out without a deal o(...)

The big tech firms continue to drive demand for new office space, and the Dublin crane count remains high. In fact, while the whole economy would take a hit from a no-deal Brexit, Dublin would have a lot of insulation. It is rural Ireland which stands exposed

Big parts of our economy are now in a kind of suspended animation, waiting for the outcome of the Brexit talks. In the domestic economy – the bit of o(...)

Ibec said any new SSIA-type savings scheme would have to work on a countercyclical basis. Photograph: Alan Betson

Employers’ group Ibec has called for a new SSIA-type savings scheme to allow households benefiting from economic growth to save more. Chief executive(...)

Kit Malthouse, right – who gives his name to the Tories’ Malthouse compromise – and Boris Johnson in 2011. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

The so-called Malthouse compromise was acclaimed this week as evidence that the various wings of the Tory party were coming together on Brexit. But w(...)

Danny McCoy. In the depths of post-2008 recession, the Ibec chief executive was certain Ireland would bounce back strongly in spite of significant evidence at the time to the contrary. Photograph: Alan Betson

Generally speaking Danny McCoy is the most optimistic man in a room. Hail, rain or shine, he usually only sees positives for the future of the Irish e(...)

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy said the current uncertainty regarding the UK’s future trading relations had already prompted a slowdown in SME lending. Photograph: Alan Betson

Employers’ group Ibec is predicting a major slowdown in growth this year as the Irish economy approaches full capacity and “cost competitiveness erod(...)

A man walks past a display with portraits of Saudi king Salman bin Abdulazziz (C), his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and the founder of the kingdom, King Abdulaziz al-Saud, in Riyadh. photograph: Fayez Nureldine /AFP/Getty Images

The pressure on business leaders to cut or suspend ties with Saudi Arabia following its apparently barbaric murder of a journalist illustrates the dan(...)

Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi:  was last seen entering the Saudi  diplomatic mission in Istanbul on October 2nd.

Business group Ibec has cancelled a conference involving the Saudi ambassador to Ireland over the presumed killing of a dissident journalist in the Sa(...)

David Bonderman: other global business figures pulling out of FII are tycoon Richard Branson, media investor Arianna Huffington, Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, AOL co-founder Steve Case and a host of bank chiefs led by JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters

Ryanair chairman David Bonderman has pulled out of a high-profile investment conference in Saudi Arabia next week. He becomes the latest in a list of(...)

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