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Is Ireland ready for a green new deal?

Lorna Gold Donal Nevin Lecture
In the next election, green credentials are going to be near the top of the public debate. Political candidates are conscious that an entire generation – some too young to vote, but well able to pester their parents and grandparents – are tuned in. Never have the stakes been so high, with global...

Getting our house in order

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Last week we received the latest figures on residential property prices in Northern Ireland. The main news from this release was that house prices grew by 2.3% over the quarter and by 4% on an annual basis. This represents a return to a more robust phase of growth which has taken a bit of a dip...

An unlikely end to low pay

Sterling notes
The latest round of pay statistics for Northern Ireland, the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings was published yesterday. Looking at the headline statistics there are some positives, full-time weekly earnings were up 3.2% from 2018 or 1.2% when adjusted for inflation. On both counts this was...

The word on the high street

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The way we shop in the UK has changed dramatically in just the space of a decade. In 2008 less than five per cent of retail spending was online, and that share has almost quadrupled in the years since. The latest statistics published just this morning show that in March this year almost a fifth of...