Life in the (broadband) fast lane

By Will Goodbody, Science and Technology Correspondent   @willgoodbody When you see the long running campaign for better broadband, Ireland Offline, offering a hearty welcome to an announcement from Eircom, it’s a pretty clear indication that something positive has happened. And that was the vocal lobby group’s reaction yesterday to news that the Irish telco was ready to begin offering high speed broadband to up to 300,000 homes and businesses in the first phase of its fibre optic network rollout. For …

What is real?

By Economics Correspondent Sean Whelan Few in Ireland have really taken GDP to be a serious measure of the Irish economy, because of the very large impact that the activities of foreign owned multinationals have on the numbers.  GNP has always been regarded as a more relevant measure. But now it seems we can’t rely on that either.

Bank crisis rule book entirely rewritten

  by Business Editor David Murphy Critics have argued Europe has been making up the answers to the banking crisis as it went along in an amateurish fashion. The evidence to back up that criticism is getting stronger by the day. The rule book regarding what a country is permitted to do to fix its banks has been entirely rewritten. That raises deep questions about the €62 billion pumped into Irish banks and about future recapitalisations which are on the …