Update of impact on sectors of Irish economy

Update of impact on sectors of Irish economy

While we discuss Brexit in sweeping generalities, economists and researchers must put numbers on things. The latest update from IGEES (Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service) within  the Department of Finance consists mainly of diagrammatic illustration of the likely impact…

Whoops!

Whoops!

Newly released information on the scale to which Northern Ireland relies on EU trade shows a shocking difference in the figures.  According to The Detail news website it is not the over £200 million surplus that people relied on to…

Brexit - a Year on (1)

Brexit – a Year on (1)

Its almost a year since the Brexit referendum, and while there has been much distraction over the recent UK election and its outcome, its now game on as far as the negotiations are concerned. In that context vested interests are…

IBEC wants up to €400 in Brexit aid for companies

IBEC wants up to €400 in Brexit aid for companies

Business organisation IBEC reckons Irish companies will need subsidies amounting to about 5% of annual sales, or up to €400, if the UK crashes out of the EU with no deal. In a major document launched to coincide with the…

ICBAN seeks rural communities views on Brexit

ICBAN seeks rural communities views on Brexit

ICBAN – the cross border organisation is teaming up with Queen’s University to conduct a research project on Brexit and the Central Border region.  The results of the project  will be compiled in a project report that will be shared with…

Reality is biting

Reality is biting

There was a sense in the UK both before and after the Brexit vote that the 27 remaining EU countries would value the UK’s market sufficient for them to prioritise a new economic relationship in negotiations.  In practical terms that…

Irish dairy industry is Brexit's net loser

Irish dairy industry is Brexit’s net loser

The Irish dairy industry will be a net loser irrespective of a ‘sort or hard’ Brexit outcome, according to Kevin Lane, CEO of Ornua (formerly the Irish Dairy Board). Ornua produces Kerrygold butter and the Dubliner and Pilgrim’s Choice cheddar…

UU Business School launches Brexit business survey

UU Business School launches Brexit business survey

The University of Ulster’s Business School has launched an online survey “to identify businesses’ perceptions of Brexit taking into account the significance of business size, sector and geographical location with particular reference to border proximity”. It will also seek to identify…

Irish companies must prepare for a hard Brexit –  Enterprise Ireland

Irish companies must prepare for a hard Brexit – Enterprise Ireland

Much of the debate about Brexit has been on the theoretical side with, as BBB has pointed out continually, little on the practical.  Now Enterprise Ireland has launched a very practical online scorecard www.prepareforbrexit.ie .  With a warning that Irish companies…

Do not get distracted from real issues by UK electioneering

Do not get distracted from real issues by UK electioneering

EDITORIAL: We on the island of Ireland need to keep our eyes firmly fixed on the centre of the stage and ignore the off-stage commotion, raised voices and nasty tones emanating from the UK election. It is very important to…