Entries by Jim Power

EU TRADE POLICY AT VARIANCE WITH TRUMP AND BREXITEERS

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE IRISH EXAMINER JULY 12th 2019 One of the dominant themes in global politics over the past couple of years has been a growing sense of nationalism and a move towards isolationist economic policies. Nowhere has this trend been more obvious than in the UK decision to walk away from its […]

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN IRISH EXAMINER JULY 5th 2019

GOOD FIRST HALF, BREXIT LIKELY TO DOMINATE SECOND HALF By Jim Power As we move into the second half of the year, it is possible to look back on the first six months with a certain degree of positivity. On the whole, the Irish economy continued to make progress and thankfully the relatively negative prognostications […]

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN IRISH EXAMINER JUNE 21st 2019

GLOBAL THREATS TO FREE TRADE The latest international trade data for Ireland confirm once again that the export sector of the economy remains a very important engine of overall economic growth and it is blatantly obvious that the future health of the export sector is crucial for the overall health and prosperity of the economy. […]

HOW MUCH LONG-TERM DAMAGE WILL BE DONE TO REPUTATION OF UK?

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN IRISH EXAMINER FEB 22nd 2019 As the Irish Government puts together legislation to deal with the potential fallout from a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the situation in the UK becomes more farcical by the day. Donald Tusk made a fair point a few weeks back when he queried as to what part […]

WAGE PRESSURES TO BUILD AS HARD BREXIT RISKS WANE

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN IRISH EXAMINER MARCH 1st 2019 After another eventful week in the UK it now appears possible that we are moving gradually towards some semblance of a soft deal on the Brexit front, or at least the prospect of a cliff-edge Brexit is possibly waning. March 13th will be a big day […]

TIME TO REALLY BREXIT-PROOF IRELAND BY MAINTAINING 9% VAT RATE

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE IRISH EXAMINER OCT 5th 2018 On Tuesday next the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will present his third and very possibly the last budget of the current administration. He has been lucky in the sense that the budgets over which he has presided have been prepared against a positive domestic […]

INSTITUTIONAL FAILURES ARE RIFE

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN IRISH EXAMINER OCTOBER 26th 2018 In the overall scheme of things, Ireland is a tiny country with a population of just 4.7 million people, albeit a population that is rising strongly. As a country we do many things well, such as attracting foreign direct investment, providing a decent enough education to […]

GLOBAL POLITICS BECOMING QUITE DANGEROUS

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE IRISH EXAMINER NOV 2nd 2018 As usual Ireland’s presidential election was a fractious affair, which demonstrates just how worked up and vitriolic people can become in relation to an issue that is of trivial significance at best. The only memorable part of the election and its aftermath was initially the […]

BREXIT IMPACTING ON CAR MARKET

APPEARED IN THE IRISH EXAMINER NOV 9th 2018 The motor industry provides a very good barometer for the overall economy, and particularly how business and consumers view the world. Following the severe economic correction that occurred back in 2008, new car sales literally drove over a cliff and went into free fall in 2009 to […]