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October 12, 2015

Honduras is about as far from Ireland as you can get. It is extremely dangerous, very poor and over the past few years this little Central American country has become the fulcrum of the drug trafficking wars as vicious drug gangs battle it out for supremacy. More

October 5, 2015

When you look around at the world economy, one thing strikes you: America is on its own in terms of having a growing economy. There simply has not been a period in recent history where global growth rates are so divergent. Europe is still gripped by austerity, Japan hasn’t been right for a generation and the Chinese economy is facing a rapid post-boom contraction. Elsewhere, the big commodity-based emerging markets like Brazil, South Africa and Russia are simply derivatives of China, as their wealth is largely a function of China’s demand for their raw materials. More

September 28, 2015

While at the National Ploughing Championships last year, in truth I felt like a bit of a fraud mooching among the Massey Fergusons. My suburban Dun Laoghaire is about as far from an upbringing in the Irish countryside as you are likely to have on this island. More

September 7, 2015

On March 21, 2004 – a year after America invaded Iraq and one week after the Madrid bombings where 191 commuters were murdered by Islamic fundamentalists – I wrote the following in this column. More

August 31, 2015

As we headed out on the Happy Hooker from Doolin, the second mate sidled up beside me and whispered, “Not to worry, but hold on, there’s going to be a bit of rock ’n’ roll. Rock ’n’ roll is what he called it. The waves were enormous. More

August 31, 2015

This week Irish boxing lost Billy Walsh, the key man in the success of the Irish boxing team over the past ten years. The story of Irish boxing is something akin to David and Goliath. It’s such a brilliant tale, and in the context of the economic recovery, it is a salutary lesson for every small business. So let’s tell the story. More

August 24, 2015

What happens when the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing? At the very least, you drop the ball. More

August 10, 2015

Good morning from sunny, roasting hot Croatia! After the wettest and coldest July in years, can you blame me for getting out to the sun? Did you know that two weeks ago, Dublin airport’s weather station recorded a temperature of 3.9C! This turned out to be the lowest July temperature since 1942. More

August 3, 2015

It’s the long weekend, which allows us time to kick back and maybe entertain some thoughts on where this economy of ours is going. Largely on the back of the strength of our two major trading partners, the US and Britain, our economy is growing. More

July 27, 2015

I am on Shaftesbury Avenue in London, quite shocked. I have just put my card into an ATM to get £200 and realise that it has cost me nearly €300. I was aware that the British currency was rocketing, but this exchange rate difference is extraordinary and is brilliant news for Irish exporters. More

Articles: Sunday Business Post

I write two economics columns every week. They keep me sane and hopefully, on my toes – but you can be the judge of that! One appears in the Irish Independent on Wednesdays and the other in the Sunday Business Post every Sunday. I’ve been writing the columns for over ten years now, covering economic, financial, demographic, social and geo-political issues – and all sorts of other things that come into my head, sparked by things I’ve read, people I have spoken to or ideas I have heard, over the course of any particular week.

The world - and Ireland - is changing so rapidly that it’s impossible to run out of things to write about. Since I rarely stop writing, the articles are composed and written in the oddest of places, in bars, on trains, in my office, on buses. You name it, I’ve written in, on or under it.

One of the great joys in the week is reading the responses to my articles in the comments on this site. Thanks so much to everyone who responds, challenges, argues and even blatantly insults! This is what freedom of expression and opinion is all about: two contrasting opinions – a buyer and a seller - make a market and makes for good discussion. Imagine a world where we all agreed?