Blog Posts

Blog Posts

Blog Posts

The unicorns are taking over the asylum

Rare as… In today’s world of investment, the 0.00001% of (mainly) tech companies that get a market valuation of over $1 billion are called unicorns. The recently floated, yet massively loss making, Snap (AKA Snapchat) was valued at an eye
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The year of living dangerously

28 February, 2017 You know how it goes in Ireland. The first sign of sunshine and the ‘Irish summer’ has begun. The first game one of our teams wins and the tournament is already in the bag. The late Bill
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Dermot Bannon Economics

Spend what you don’t have It’s part of his shtick on the RTE TV programme ‘Room to Improve’. John and Mary want an extension. They tell architect Dermot Bannon that their budget is €100,000. Bannon designs something that will cost
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One for the road

  A disaster waiting to happen ISME members prefer it that we keep it ‘strictly business’ and that we keep away from politics, particularly international politics. The media’s current obsession with ‘Trump Bad, All Others Good’, has meant that many
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HR GOALS for 2017

25th January, 2017 New Year, New Start! Four words you are nearly guaranteed to hear quoted throughout January.  As cliché as it sounds, however, the new year is a great time to begin your self-improvement practices.  While many resolutions focus
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National debt rises €100,000 every five minutes

What is says in the papers Yesterday’s Exchequer returns figures read like a triumph for the Irish economy, an economy that appears to defy the laws of gravity. Have a read of some of the breathless commentary. “The State collected
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More bad news from our nearest neighbour

First, some good news According to a story in yesterday’s @IrishTimes by @IrishTimesLaura a national map of mobile coverage quality offered by different phone operators is to be made available to consumers. This is thanks to @ComReg and it could
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An open letter to senior bankers

How dare you? That’s my first, second and then third reaction. How the hell dare you treat an Irish business, which happens to be an ISME member, the way you have.

Union members should revolt

The spirit of Larkin and Connolly It’s hard to know nowadays what the exact role of a trade union is? Their glory days of fighting the ‘Bosses’ and lockouts are long over. Almost all workers’ rights are now, correctly, enshrined
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Dirty Rotten Scandals

We take heart here at ISME when, on occasion, a public servant does the State some service. In this case we congratulate Judge Maureen Harding Clark for questioning why one third of the symphysiotomy redress claims examined by her don’t appear to have been truthful.