Entries by Jim Power

IRISH HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS DESERVE SUPPORT

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN IRISH EXAMINER 10th AUGUST 2018 While the Irish economy is performing very strongly on the surface, it is clear on closer examination that the country does have a significant concentration risk. Last week the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) highlighted this fact in a very vivid manner. The NCC expressed concerns that […]

THE CASE FOR PEGGING THE VAT HOSPITALITY RATE AT 9%

This Article appeared in the Irish Examiner, 3rd August 2018 If the success of a government is to be gauged by what is happening on the labour market, then the current government and its immediate predecessor should be judged as successful. The economy is now on the verge of the highest level of employment ever […]

COMPETITIVENESS IS KEY TO SUCCESS

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE IRISH EXAMINER JULY 27th 2018 As the evolution of the Brexit process lurches from one crisis to the next, we have been reminded again over recent days just how vulnerable sterling is to the vagaries of the whole ludicrous process. Since the middle of June, the UK currency has weakened […]

LESS OBVIOUS HOW BRITAIN AND EU CAN AGREE A DEAL

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN IRISH EXAMINER JULY 20th 2018 The world of geo-politics is in a state of chassis, with each day bringing fresh challenges to the global order. The antics of President Trump in relation to what are traditionally the two strongest allies of the US in Europe – the UK and Germany – […]

THERESA MAY’S BATTLE AGAINST HER BREXITEERS IS FAR FROM WON

THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE IRISH EXAMINER 13th JULY 2019 We generally tend to be very critical of the Irish political system and frequently criticise our very diluted form of democracy. However, the events of the past two years and particularly the past week in the UK make the Irish political system look positively sane […]

EU WORKERS UNLIKELY TO FILL JOB VACANCIES THIS TIME

This appeared in the Irish Examiner 6th July 2018 There was a story out of Chicago this week that such is the extent of the labour shortages in that region of the US, employers are being forced to waive drug tests and hire ex-convicts in order to fill vacancies in what is now a labour […]

BIG BUSINESS VOICING ITS BREXIT CONCERNS

This Article Appeared in The Irish Examiner 29th June 2018 Last weekend we passed the second anniversary of the monumental decision of the UK electorate to exit the EU and we are now less than nine months away from ‘B-Day’. The intervening period has seen the growth of a major industry around the subject. Every […]

PROSPECT OF NO BUDGET BOANZA IS GOOD NEWS

This Article appeared in the Irish Examiner June 22nd 2018 Despite what some media commentators have suggested about the lack of detail contained therein, the Summer Economic Statement released by the Department of Finance is not meant to be a detailed breakdown of what the Minister for Finance will deliver on the fiscal front. The […]

THE DANGERS OF BEING THE BEARER OF GOOD NEWS

This Article appeared in the Irish Examiner June 15th 2018 Last week I wrote a pretty upbeat piece on the Irish economy, with a strong focus on ongoing positive trends in two key components of the indigenous economy, namely Tourism and the Agri-Food sectors. Predictably, I got a negative response from certain quarters, with one […]