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Minister for Transport Shane Ross has described the potential Brexit impact as a ‘geopolitical, economic earthquake’.

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Government should buy Ryanair stake in Aer Lingus

If I was a shareholder, I would take Willie Walsh’s arm off to accept his €2.55 bid for my stake in Aer Lingus – but as an Irishman, I would send him packing.

Ireland has a dog in the Greek election race

Today is D-Day for Greece. And it could be an awkward one for Enda too.Greece’s left-wing Syriza party is poised for power. Its principal promise is to put Greek debt back on the table.

Walsh swoops to conquer at Aer Lingus

Willie Walsh never really left Ireland. Indeed, as a people we are proud that the current global predator hovering over Aer Lingus was once a local business hero.

Enda faces humiliation from Greek sabre-rattler

Last Sunday morning the Gods smiled on the small village of Ballyhea, Co Cork.
After Mass, the residents gathered in the winter sun to protest – for the 200th time – against Ireland’s crippling bank debt. After a short, silent march – with banners galore – the crowd assembled at a hotel in nearby Charleville.

Noonan grandstanding on quicksands of growth

Everybody is utterly turned off by Ireland’s Fiscal Advisory Council (FAC). You are. I am. The Government that appointed it obviously deeply regrets its very existence. It is the party pooper, constantly spoiling the Coalition’s tall tales of a national recovery.

One inconvenient truth won’t halt this AIB travesty

“Not me guv,” retorted Pontia the Central Banker.
Last week Michael Noonan caused ructions in the Irish stock market. The Finance Minister morphed into a financial adviser. He set himself up as a guardian of the small shareholder.

Haughty, contemptuous: that’s the ECB for you

Margaret Thatcher would have been proud of Mario Draghi last Thursday.
Back in 1984 the Iron Lady famously dismissed all Irish proposals for a Northern Irish solution, rejecting each possible solution with the contemptuous words: “Out, out, out.”
At a press conference in Frankfurt on Thursday the long-winded ECB chief was equally dismissive of questions about Ireland and its relationship with the ECB.

Yes Ministers send themselves to the top of the class

Did you notice how Joan and Michael were trampling all over each other to hit the mikes last week?

High price to pay in fees for advisers who never advise

So you never understood why Davy bought bits of the battered Bloxhams?
Why would a blue -blooded stockbroker buy a bundle of trouble? Well, back in 2012, Bloxhams went bust. Davy, the big beast of the Irish stock market, picked the juicy bits off the corpse.

New plutocrat joins board at State-owned AIB

Congratulations to AIB. They have pulled the stroke of the year. Last week they appointed a new chairman. Behold, the whiter than white knight on a charger anointed by the AIB board. Enter Richard Pym, the celebrated bank troubleshooter.
Richard the troubleshooter is being sold as a different kettle of fish from his disastrous predecessors.
Richard is the ideal choice for the State-owned bank. The board has dug up its dream director. He is steeped in banking experience.