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Colm McCarthy: 'There must be financial prudence with the planning of major public projects' Three recent debacles in major capital projects show the need for care before making political commitments 'Depending on whose estimates of ultimate cost are to be believed, the NCH cost appears to have at least doubled, or possibly trebled, since the project was approved less than four...
Algeria’s president announces bid for fifth term amid protests Abdelaziz Bouteflika has pledged to organise a public referendum on a new constitution and to call an early election in which he will not run. Demonstrators march with Algerian national flags during a protest to denounce President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term (Fateh Guidoum/AP) Algeria’s ailing president has said if he...
Aid fund to help Irish firms hit by Brexit increased tenfold to 200m euro The cash can be used to offer rescue aid or restructuring support to small and medium-sized businesses impacted by the UK’s exit from the EU. Heather Humphreys described the fund as a safety net (Niall Carson/PA) The EU has approved a ten-fold increase in a state aid fund...
Restructuring safety net for SMEs rises to €200m Business Minister Heather Humphreys. Photo: Steve Humphreys The European Commission had agreed to increase Ireland's Rescue and Restructuring scheme budget to €200m from €20m. The move follows consultation between the Department of Business and the European Commission about the need to safeguard the future of Irish SMEs most exposed to Brexit. The scheme, first approved...
Barstool Brexit: The issue's key personalities European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Picture: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File Photo Like a cast from a dystopian black comedy, we have watched the key players in Brexit play up to their various reputations as the Brexit shambles slowly unfolded. Here we look at everything you need to know about the main actors. Theresa May The 'vicar's daughter'...
Editorial: 'More explanations needed over Facebook and Kenny' Photo: Stock 'There is no point in having an inside track unless you run on it." These words of a wise, battle-hardened but unnamed Irish politician belong to the last century. But they still have resonance about realpolitik and the way of the world. Thus Facebook, arguably the most powerful company in the modern...
Paddy Agnew: 'Cardinal sins: sex, scandal and the fall of a church giant' Cardinal George Pell has been brought down by the courts - and his enemies in the Vatican SARCASM: Marchers in yesterday’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney make their feelings felt about Cardinal Pell. Photo: Getty So, who actually contributed most to the dramatic downfall of Cardinal...
Why World Rugby's seismic proposals could spell disaster for the PRO14 Leinster players celebrate their victory over Scarlets in the Guinness PRO14 final in Dublin back in May. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile When the British and Irish Lions were undertaking the daunting task of a tour of New Zealand two summers ago, Ulster legend Willie John McBride was understandably a man...
Fears Brexit could delay delivery of vital cancer products Importation of life-saving isotopes at risk if UK crashes out of EU British Prime Minister Theresa May with her husband Philip at a church service yesterday. PHOTO: Steve Parsons/PA Wire Top-level plans are being drawn up to try to avoid a risk to cancer patients in Irish hospitals in the event of a no-deal...
New Brunswick: From from coast to côte in Canada's new frontier Some consider New Brunswick a 'drive-thru' province, but savvy travellers know it's somewhere to stop... Kayaking in the Bay of Fundy. Photo: Tourism New BrunswickThomas in Grande-Anse, New BrunswickWhale watching in New BrunswickMoose! Into the wild in New Brunswick'New Brunswick's wilds are very much a four-season playground for kayaker'Ministers IslandAcadian...

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