Analysis > September 2016

Women’s football took a hard knock this week

It’s one thing to lose the final game in the Championship by just one excruciating point, but it’s quite another to know that when the final whistle blew, you had missed out on a crucial point that should have been awarded. The point was scored by Dublin player Carla Rowe, but the umpire called it wide and ultimately Cork took their sixth all-Ireland in a row with a scoreline of 1-7 to 1-6. The Hawk-Eye system used to verify disputed …

Backing the bus drivers?

Tomorrow, bus commuters will be wearing out the shoe leather again when Dublin Bus drivers switch off their engines for another two-day strike. When the Luas drivers took similar action, they were almost universally condemned for their decision. It is interesting that the bus drivers haven’t been subject to the same derision. This is despite the fact that while 80,000 people use the Luas every day, some 400,000 people will be affected by the bus strike. Intrigued by the contrast …

David Murphy: Don’t expect a giveaway Budget

It is less than five weeks to the Budget and the annual routine of ministers arguing their cases for more money for their departments is well under way. Many of the ministers have legitimate cases. Despite the remarkable economic turnaround money is tight. EU rules prevent countries from excessive borrowing to pay for day-to-day spending. This week Minister for Finance Michael Noonan tried to manage expectations regarding the amount of money available. He stood by the Government’s previously stated position …

Should Ireland join the European Southern Observatory?

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent Over the last couple of days on RTÉ News platforms, we’ve been exploring the structure, facilities, work and discoveries of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) – Europe’s foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation. We’ve also been teasing out the costs and benefits of joining ESO, which is what many astronomers who are part of the small but active and growing community here want. Having travelled to Chile to see first-hand what ESO’s observatories are like, I can …

The Governor writes…

You wouldn’t expect the Governor of the Central Bank to recommend the Government does something wacky in the Budget, and in his pre-budget letter to the Minister for Finance, the governor doesn’t disappoint. His key recommendations are, firstly a long-term need to reduce debt well below the 60% limit set by the Maastricht Treaty and, secondly any budget-day help for first time buyers should not make things worse. The Governor would like to see long-term budgetary targets that can “act …

Apple, Ireland and the Spanish connection

Ireland is waking up to a legal and moral quagmire over the Apple tax bill. The big question is this: will Ireland appeal the decision, and what are its chances of winning, whatever about the political fallout from turning down €13 billion from Apple? RTÉ’s Europe Editor Tony Connelly looks at the Apple ruling and the possible impact of a similar case involving Spanish bank Santander. The Government has already been sharpening the axe with some of the most stridently …