The hard reality of the Irish software industry

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody Warnings about a skills shortage in the IT sector are nothing new. We’ve been hearing them for years now, mostly from the industry itself. Nor are they unique to Ireland. Because as the internet flourishes and technology becomes ubiquitous, the global demand for IT skills is rocketing, everywhere. Indeed the manpower shortage will be a little shy of 1 million people by the end of next year in Europe alone, according to …

Can Noonan stay cautious over cuts?

By Business Editor David Murphy There is an interesting dynamic unfolding as the lobby groups bombard the Department of Finance with their demands regarding the upcoming Budget. In some respects, there is a race to the bottom to recommend the smallest amount which might be needed in extra taxes and spending cuts.