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Brexit blog: Ever the same

Posted on April 25, 2019 · Posted in Holywell Trust

The killing of young journalist Lyra McKee on the streets of Creggan overshadows everything in Derry at present.  And there has been widespread speculation that dissident republicans have been energised.. read more

Brexit blog: Brexit on hold

Posted on April 25, 2019 · Posted in Derry Journal, Holywell Trust

So the UK is staying in the EU until Halloween.  Or maybe not as long as that.  Or maybe we will stay longer.  Perhaps we even have another vote and.. read more

Podcasting

Posted on April 25, 2019 · Posted in Slugger O'Toole

Podcasts are a useful medium, even though listener numbers are not always massive.  But if considered as an alternative to a series of public meetings, their value is significant.  They.. read more

Cyprus Co-operative Bank

Posted on April 25, 2019 · Posted in Co-operative News

The collapse of the Cyprus Co-operative Bank was neither the largest nor the most famous of the banking failures that domino-ed across Europe in the wake of the ‘great recession’. .. read more

Farewell Alistair Hamilton

Posted on March 18, 2019 · Posted in The Detail

Alistair Hamilton caught people off guard when, after ten years in the role, he resigned as chief executive of Invest Northern Ireland.  Despite his previous position as a DUP special.. read more

Delaying Brexit

Posted on March 18, 2019 · Posted in Derry Journal, Holywell Trust

It now looks as if Brexit will not happen on 29th March, as repeatedly promised.  Theresa May has reluctantly agreed that if her withdrawal agreement is not approved by the.. read more

Fort George – and Derry – deserve better

Posted on March 18, 2019 · Posted in Derry Journal

Congratulations to Declan Hassan for focusing in his Business Matters column this week on the Fort George plan.  As he explained, the proposal approved by the Department for Communities is.. read more

Profile: Alan de Sousa Caires

Posted on March 18, 2019 · Posted in Accounting & Business

Alan de Sousa Caires has a job that could make other accountants jealous.  He is director of finance and business services at BBC Media Action, which is as exciting as.. read more

The Brexit blog: trading on WTO terms

Posted on January 25, 2019 · Posted in Derry Journal, Holywell Trust

The prospects for a no deal Brexit have become widely discussed in the last few days, not least with Theresa May’s proposed withdrawal agreement having been decisively defeated in the.. read more

Global interest: British indifference

Posted on January 25, 2019 · Posted in The Detail

A few days ago I was interviewed by two journalists from China Radio International.  They were in Derry to see the border and to listen to local people talking about.. read more

Fairtrade?

Posted on January 25, 2019 · Posted in Co-operative News

Traidcraft – one of the pathfinders of Fairtrade commerce in the UK – is in crisis.  After completing a restructuring exercise the organisation will be employing just 12 staff, down.. read more

Social mobility

Posted on January 25, 2019 · Posted in Accounting & Business

Countries and regions with poor social mobility are also more prone to corruption, or at least the perception of corruption, according to analysis undertaken by ACCA.  These findings – from.. read more