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 US speaker of the House Paul Ryan: forced into ignominious retreat last week. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

As the Republican Party’s grand plan to repeal and replace Obamacare went up in flames on Friday last week, the finger-pointing began. Nothing during(...)

Ireland is experiencing a shortage of qualified graduates in key disciplines. Photograph: iStock

Ireland can respond to the uncertainty created by the changing international economic environment by pursuing a “skills incentivisation strategy” that(...)

 The New York Stock Exchange. After Trump’s election investors chose to push their worries to one side and focus on his  promises  to cut taxes and slash business regulation. Photograph:   AFP Photo/Bryan R Smith

Is the Trump trade finally running out of steam? That is the intriguing question as investors react to the failure of the new administration’s health (...)

“President” Marine Le Pen? “Most fund managers seemingly believe that even if Le Pen does win, it would not be the end of the world.” Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP Photo/Getty Images

A question: if you thought stocks were more overvalued than at any time since the dotcom bubble, would you pile into equities? No? Well, maybe that’s (...)

President Donald Trump in full voice in the White House. File photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

In the movie “Iron Man 2” (yes, superhero films are my guilty pleasure, so just bear with me) the villain, a rogue Russian scientist, informs the hero(...)

US president Donald Trump: lost in his own echo-chambers of fallacy. Photograph: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

This week has Donald Trump gone too far? Has the man who prides himself on running with his own script finally overreached himself? It’s a high bar g(...)

The immediate reaction to the Fed bulletin was a fall in the US dollar. Photograph: Getty Images

US interest rates are on the rise. Little more than a month ago there was significant doubt among market analysts about whether another interest rate (...)

Actor Michael Fassbender takes part in the Made in Austin: A Look Into “Song To Song” panel discussion during  the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Photograph:  Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The Irish startup community shouldn’t be overly concerned about economic policy shifts under President Trump, says Minister for Employment and Small B(...)

President Vladimir Putin  with Leonid Tibilov, the president of the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia. Putin regards South Ossetians as Russians that history has wrongfully parted from their homeland. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/Reuters

Another month. Another troublesome referendum. This time in the tiny Georgian secessionist, Russian-occupied enclave of South Ossetia (pop 50,000). An(...)

Hugh Forrest: “One of the big reasons why people like coming to SXSW is the city itself.” Photograph: Heather Kennedy/Getty Images

The world-famous South by Southwest Music, Film, Art and Tech extravaganza, which takes place over the next two weeks in Austin, Texas, is the product(...)

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