Fergal O Brien

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Economist Fergal O’Brien said: “If we rely fully on the financing of our water infrastructure from general taxation, it simply won’t happen in the bad times.” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Relying on financing the State’s water infrastructure from general taxation would mean “it simply won’t happen” in bad times, an economist in the busi(...)

Waterford senior hurler Austin Gleeson was sent off while playing for Waterford IT against Limerick IT in the Fitzgibbon Cup on Tuesday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

WATERFORD selector Dan Shanahan has backed Colin Dunford and Austin Gleeson to respond positively to their Fitzgibbon Cup red cards. Dunford receiv(...)

2015 Grand National winner Many Clouds has been entered again for this year’s race. Photograph: Getty

Last year’s winner Many Clouds features among 126 entries for the Crabbie’s Grand National on April 9th, with the Aintree feature attracting the highe(...)

Political pedigree: Ivan Yates and his fellow Newstalk Breakfast anchor Chris Donoghue

Whenever Enda Kenny does go to the country, it can’t come soon enough for Ivan Yates. The former Fine Gael minister and current cohost of Breakfast (N(...)

Ibec director of policy Fergal O’Brien: “It is vital that the next government takes advantage of the opportunities now available.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Ibec has called on any new government to build on people’s positive expectations for the economy. The business lobby says whoever enters government a(...)

 Fergal O’Brien: “I don’t think China has slowed to such a degree that it is now a major risk for exporters.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

The risk to Ireland from the ongoing turmoil in China has been classified as “minimal” by several leading Irish commentators. They say Ireland’s ec(...)

According to a new survey by Amarach Research there is limited support from the public for the introduction of tax incentives for emigrants

Tax incentives should be provided to Irish emigrants abroad to encourage them to return to Ireland to live and work, business group Ibec has said. Th(...)

Unions representing workers in the private sector should be in a position to seek pay rises of between 2.5 per cent and 5 per cent next year, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) has said.

Unions representing workers in the private sector should be in a position to seek pay rises of between 2.5 per cent and 5 per cent next year, the Iris(...)

Fergal O’Brien, senior economist with Ibec. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ibec says the Republic will be €20 billion richer by the end of this year. The employers’ group is to publish a Quarterly Economic Outlook today predi(...)

Ibec economist Fergal O’Brien: Ireland not at races when it comes to personal taxation. Photograph: Eric Luke /Irish Times

Proposals to clamp down on multinational tax avoidance are unlikely to alter the amount of tax paid by companies, an Irish tax expert has claimed. Di(...)

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