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With Brexit looming Ireland needs to beef up transport links

Ireland, even without resorting to the leprechaun economics jibes, relies very heavily on exports to contribute to economic growth.  Since the 1990s net exports have typically accounted for  10-20% of GDP.  With Brexit, all of this now needs to be evaluated. Continue reading

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Railroading capital spending..

IScreenshot 2014-08-30 07.35.11nfrastructure investment is a huge business. Worldwide there are estimates that upwards of a trillion dollars extra per annum are required in investment in water, power, sewerage etc. Total global infrastructure needs are estimated to be of the order of $60tr over the next couple of decades.  The changing regulatory environment, combined with weaker banking systems, and the need to find attractive returns for pension funds are also combining to make financing of infrastructure more complex and involving more partners. Globally infrastructure has been a good bet for investors. Infrastructure and related indices are consistent outperformers over equity and bonds. So what does all this have to do with Ireland ? Continue reading