Commentary

The Fourth Wave Rolls On

The Fourth Wave Cases Continue to Mount - But the Rate Slows DownIn the last few weeks there is evidence that the Delta variant of Covid 19 is easing. Case rates are turning down in Ireland and in the EU the average is beginning to decline. Deaths seem to be rising but slowly and from…
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The International Democracy League – Ireland is one of the best!

Democracy in IrelandA lot of  ‘league ‘ tables are published by various international organisations such as the World Bank, the UN and some NGOS dealing with comparative levels of corruption, ease of doing business, happiness, democracy and so on. One of the most recent is the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index. This measures the degree of…
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The Economy: Gloom at the end of the tunnel?

Roundup of Economic ForecastsThe latest economic forecasts are shown in the attached table. Pride of place goes to the ESRI which has dramatically upscaled its forecast for this year and next from what the predicted three month ago. Thanks to buoyant exports of IT and pharmaceuticals, plus the lifting of restrictions, Irish GDP will jump…
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