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Paul McNeive: 'Retail rebalancing act still has some way to go' The right moves Paul McNeive Traditional bricks-and-mortar retailing is continuing to take a hammering worldwide, and my instinct is that we are nowhere near the bottom yet. The main reason is the huge ongoing shift to online retailing, but there are other factors too. The problem seems to have visibly worsened over...
Why World Rugby's seismic proposals could spell disaster for the PRO14 Leinster players celebrate their victory over Scarlets in the Guinness PRO14 final in Dublin back in May. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile When the British and Irish Lions were undertaking the daunting task of a tour of New Zealand two summers ago, Ulster legend Willie John McBride was understandably a man...

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Social media giants face heavy fines in new child safety regime Minister Richard Bruton. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins Social media firms face heavy fines or criminal charges if they breach rules under sweeping new powers to be granted to an online safety commissioner. Tech giants will also face harsher penalties for letting underage children use their services without parental control. And "serious"...
Public sector 'benefits the most' from tax reliefs on pensions Stock imagePensions apartheid: Leading actuary Tony Gilhawley Public servants are the biggest beneficiaries of the tax reliefs on pension contributions, a new report has found. This means that any move to reduce the tax reliefs will hit Government workers hard, prompting them to seek higher pay. The paper, by leading pensions actuaries Tony...
Algeria’s president announces bid for fifth term amid protests Abdelaziz Bouteflika has pledged to organise a public referendum on a new constitution and to call an early election in which he will not run. Demonstrators march with Algerian national flags during a protest to denounce President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term (Fateh Guidoum/AP) Algeria’s ailing president has said if he...
© Reuters. Investing.com - The pound dropped on Monday following reports that Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) will...
Padraig Carmody and Kevin Lynch: 'More than ever, children need to learn geography' This is exactly the wrong moment in world history to be downgrading the subject in our schools, write Padraig Carmody and Kevin Lynch IT’S THEIR FUTURE: Geography helps us better understand problems such as climate change. Stock picture The study of geography is central to understanding the modern world....
Trump delivers aggressive speech to rouse supporters on the right He complained often of getting ‘no credit’ for his achievements as he proudly drifted “off script” at the Conservative Political Action Conference. President Donald Trump hugs the American flag (Jose Luis Magana/AP) President Donald Trump denounced Democrats as the party of “the socialist nightmare” and attacked several other groups in a speech...
Isil and al-Qaeda: How do the two Islamist militant groups differ? SON AND HEIR: Hamza bin Laden, in a photo from 2017. Picture: AFP/Getty Who leads al-Qaeda and Isil? Ayman al-Zawahiri has led al-Qaeda since the death of Osama bin Laden. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi remains leader of Isil but is believed to have recently fended off a coup. How many fighters do...

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Martin Breheny: 'GAA pays price for squeezing fixtures into time frame with no room to move'   A view of the surface in Walsh Park. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile From summer sun to winter woes in the space of just a few days. Last week's unseasonably good weather would have convinced the GAA's fixture makers that they were getting away with squeezing so much...

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