Playing the ball, not the man

It was pretty depressing stuff. Listening to one of our leading government ministers telling one of our leading broadcast journalists that the country was paying off its debts. This, as ISME members know, is simply untrue. Why any politician that
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Read this and weep

I read an article in Fortune online yesterday that brought a tear to the eye. Writer Adam Lashinsky wrote about what former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was doing with some of his many Microsoft millions of dollars. Ballmer said that
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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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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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Winne the Pooh economics

At ISME we get our inspiration from the most wonderful of places. Today, Winnie the Pooh, everyone’s favourite bear, is 90 years old so we thought we might draw on some of Winnie’s wisdom to explain something about inflation in the Irish economy.

Budget 2017, Back to the Future

Brexit, what Brexit? Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose -“the more it changes, the more it’s the same thing”. No we’re not getting high falutin’ here at ISME, just reflecting on yesterday’s budget. Despite the realities of Brexit staring Irish businesses
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