A showdown of historic proportions

A showdown of historic proportions

For a background on Ireland’s recent upping of the ante on Brexit then Tony Connelly’s comment piece on RTE is a must read. In it he outlines how and why Ireland upped the ante – a combination of emerging consensus…

It is Ireland that will suffer most in a Brexit no deal

It is Ireland that will suffer most in a Brexit no deal

Whether it is hard ball or reality the potential of a no deal has entered the conversation.  The former governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus in this piece for “The Conversation” reflects on the potential outcome of a no…

THE IRISH BORDER QUESTION

THE IRISH BORDER QUESTION

Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has put an untagged coach and horses through the potential for electronic tagging along the border post Brexit saying – it will not work.  His comments come as the border issue dominates in this…

Put simply - "Brexit is a bad thing"

Put simply – “Brexit is a bad thing”

For aviation – new agreements on flights ahead of Brexit. For energy – a French Irish interconnector.  For business – relaxation of rules to allow support post Brexit.  These are just a few of the proposals in the Seanad’s Special…

ESRI (2) Energy and climate policies need Brexit-proofing

Ireland has had an all-island single electricity market (SEM) since 2007, which is part of the wider EU Internal Market for Electricity, as is the electricity market in Britain. According to the Economic and Social Research Institute in a new…

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 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…

Frontline: No new investment in wind in Northern Ireland.

Frontline: No new investment in wind in Northern Ireland.

  Optinergy of Stradone, Co. Cavan specialises in provision of operations and maintenance services to the wind industry in Ireland north and south and across Europe.    It manages and maintains a high number of wind turbines across Northern Ireland which makes up about…