Fergal O Brien

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Dr Arlyng Gonzalez-Vazquez and Prof Fergal O’Brien: “If we can at least target early intervention to try to restore bone to healthy levels in older people that would be a huge advance,” says Prof O’Brien

The remarkable bone-healing powers of children have been transferred into adult cells in a major breakthrough by scientists based in Ireland. Scient(...)

Northern Irish firms are already losing out on new business due to Brexit, according to Ulster Bank. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

There are many firms in the North that “simply could not cope with a no-deal Brexit”, senior business leaders in Northern Ireland and the Republic are(...)

A mural in Dover by British artist Banksy depicts a workman chipping away at one of the stars on an EU-themed flag. Photograph: Lyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Concerns have been raised about the Government’s failure to ask the European Union for a loosening of state aid rules to help businesses that would be(...)

The Irish Pharmacy Union said the contingency plan for a no-deal Brexit was ‘long overdue’ but the pharmacies needed ‘clear guidance and practical solutions’ to benefit patients. Photograph: EPA

The Government must produce more information on how businesses would manage a no-deal Brexit “on the ground” and to provide “more meaningful” support (...)

The Revenue Commissioners have made plans for emergency medicines coming into the State to be fast-tracked at customs entry points after Brexit. File photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

The Revenue Commissioners have made plans with the pharmaceutical industry for emergency medicines coming into the State to be fast-tracked at customs(...)

Brexit was always going to be a negative for Ireland, so what we are talking about here is damage limitation. Photograph: Yves Herman/Pool/AP

The draft withdrawal agreement offers some positives for the Irish economy, promising to keep the United Kingdom in a customs union with the European (...)

Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered three consecutive centuries to beat Soheil Vahedi at the Northern Ireland Open. Photograph: Getty Images

Ronnie O’Sullivan let his snooker do the talking again with a 4-0 victory over Soheil Vahedi to move into the second round of the Northern Ireland Ope(...)

While the continued common travel area would allow free movement of people, goods would face different regulations. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Another inconclusive EU summit. Irish businesses have faced the uncertainty of Brexit since the vote in the summer of 2016 but, more than two years on(...)

Residential landlords paid tax on just 59 per cent of their rental income in 2016, claiming total deductions of some €1 billion

Meetings between Minister for Communications Denis Naughten and David McCourt, the lead bidder for the Government’s National Broadband Plan, worth in (...)

To date the higher than expected corporation tax receipts have been largely matched by budget overruns in health expenditure. This trend cannot be allowed to continue in future years without damaging the economy

The ink on Budget 2019 is barely dry but already the next big agenda item for the economy is fast approaching - Ireland’s competitiveness is about to (...)

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