July 2011 issue
The economy is showing some signs of recovery but the fate of the euro zone and political reform will determine its long term-viability. John Walsh looks at what is next for the Irish and European economies amid the recent uncertainty.
The Government appears to be backing down on its entitlement to a rate cut on its loans, and instead seeking only a cut on future loans. There is no economic logic to this and Ireland deserves a Government that will make the case for equal treatment, writes Karl Whelan
Ireland should seize the opportunity offered by an eventual default to simultaneously exit a European monetary system it should never have joined in the first place. Cormac Lucey looks at the options available to Ireland in the context of a wider Euro crisis.
New jobs are being announced on an almost weekly basis, but are the right people with the right skills there to fill them? Patrick Freyne looks at the flipside of what is essentially a good problem to have and asks what can be done to fill the gaps.
Few in Irish politics have a more idiosyncratic political history than the former RTE broadcaster, one-time PD politician, passionate European campaigner and business board member Pat Cox, who is now attempting to run for the Aras as a member of the Fine Gael party.
The unfinished property sites across the country are a very visual reminder of what not to do, where not to build and who not to lend to. David Elkin looks at the options available to combat this social and economic problem.