Dumb and Dumber

By the time you’re reading this… … We will probably know the result of the British General Election 2017. We here in ISME aren’t holding our breath on the result, because frankly, the return of Mrs May or the election
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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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How to eat an elephant

Too big to be true Sometimes in business, as in life, a problem is so big it’s even hard to comprehend and therefore hard to tackle. But what if that ‘problem’ was a market so large in value terms 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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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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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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A working class

At ISME we try to keep the national economic narrative honest. When commentators make false claims, particularly around areas such as public sector pay, government spending and taxation, our job is to correct the record

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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