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Macron considers use of army to prevent new Paris 'war zone' More than 130 people are injured and 420 arrested as yet another weekend of 'yellow vest' violence sweeps France Damage: A woman walks past vandalised cars on Avenue Foch in Paris, the morning after more protests. Photo: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier French President Emmanuel Macron has held a cabinet meeting to consider "all...
Small businesses to be given greater power over banking complaints The measures follow scandals over the mistreatment of SMEs by some major banks. Major high street banks have backed proposals to provide small and medium sized companies with greater power over complaints (Chris Radburn/PA) Major high street banks have backed proposals to give small and medium sized companies greater power over complaints...
Editorial: 'Time for a re-think as Nama is adding to housing woes' We must remember Nama was set up to resolve the glut of property debt, not build social houses. Photo: Steve Humphreys Back in a very recent and very grim time, the then-government announced the creation of the National Assets Management Agency, or Nama as it is universally known. It...
It's safer, so why don't plane seats face backwards? What's the best way to sleep on a plane? Photo: Deposit Each year, at aviation shows around the world, manufacturers unveil all manner of quirky new cabin designs and innovations. Bigger luggage bins, LED lighting and larger windows have all come to fruition, while foldaway seats and shareable armrests could be next. We’ve...
John Downing: 'Being bribed with our own cash risks the return of the bad old days'    All smiles: Ex-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern meets stall owners on Dublin’s Moore Street as he canvasses in 2007 for the general election. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire Experts do not have to stand for election. That's why they find it easier to advise the administration of bitter...
Smurfit School climbs in European business table   UCD Smurfit School has climbed one place to 23rd in the 2018 ‘Financial Times’ European Business Schools Rankings. (stock picture) UCD Smurfit School has climbed one place to 23rd in the 2018 'Financial Times' European Business Schools Rankings. The standings measure a school's quality and range of programmes across a number of courses, including Master...
Donnacha Ó Beacháin: 'Brexit transforms Ireland from minnow to giant in the Anglo-Irish relationship' Centre of attention: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker enjoy an informal chat before more serious talks as UK Prime Minister Theresa May finds herself on the sidelines. PHOTO: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty For several decades, this State's relative weakness imposed limitations on its strategic choices,...
John Lloyd: 'Macron is shining a light on important hypocrisies'   Emmanuel Macron has taught the world some useful lessons. Photo: Daniel Jayo/Getty Images Emmanuel Macron is the largest political force in Europe today, but he is a force now hemmed in, constrained, trapped. The hurricane of his success last year - the defeat of the far-right, the assembly victory of his newly-minted...
Martina Devlin: 'We might have recovered from the crash but hard-working, decent people are being left behind because of the unrelenting crisis in housing' 'The housing sector is under enormous pressure, a situation which has led to record numbers becoming homeless – including more families, more children, than ever before.' Stock image Keep your voice down - if you have to...
'Work needed' to boost Irish firms Down Under   To date, Australian investment in Ireland stands at around AU$17bn (€11bn). Stock picture "Significant" work needs to be done to improve Australian businesses' knowledge of the Irish market. In a report, the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce said that the island of Ireland is an "attractive" destination for Australian investment. However, it added that work...

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