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Emmet Oliver
Emmet Oliver is one of Ireland's most experienced financial journalists and writers, having covered the European debt crisis since 2008, in print and on radio. He witnessed bank runs at Northern Rock first hand while working in the UK with Bloomberg, and subsequently covered the IMF/EU rescue of Ireland while a writer and editor at The Irish Independent and Sunday Tribune. He was also a contributor to Ireland's talk station, NewsTalk 106 on these stories. He has also worked from Brussels, covering key European summits as the fates of Greece and Portugal were decided.

He is currently the chief spokesman for IDA, Ireland's foreign investment agency, which works with over 500 US corporates, who directly employ over 106,000 employees.

Entries by Emmet Oliver

Meaning Is in the Eye of the Beholder: Defining Today's Western Economy

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 12:57 PM

Recently, when speaking to journalists about the make-up of the Irish and European economy, I found myself amazed at the way we use certain words and the subsequent meanings we attach to them.

At a mid-year media briefing in Dublin, investments by a slew of Ireland's major overseas companies...

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Trade, Tax and Transparency on G8 Menu

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 6:07 PM

The G8 Summit in Northern Ireland, which starts Monday, June 17, has a very broad agenda. The agenda is expansive enough to be daunting even for a group of experienced world leaders to grapple with.

While it can be summed up with the 3Ts -- trade, tax and transparency...

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Looking Ahead: One-Size-Fits-All-Approach Won't Work for EU Debt Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 12:59 PM

As European bank depositors, bank creditors and bank stockholders look back nervously at what happened recently in Cyprus, there is increasing speculation about what might happen to Slovenia and even some other European countries in relation to bank restructuring.

U.S. investors have deposits, bonds and stock tied up in Europe's...

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The West Must Price Itself Back Into World Markets

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 1:01 PM

As some of the most influential entrepreneurs, CEOs and politicians in the world gather in the Swiss alpine resort of Davos, the atmosphere is likely to be one of apprehension and uncertainty, so much so that it could spoil the normally refreshing mountain air guests so enjoy.

The global financial...

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International Banks Innovating -- Now in the Right Way

(2) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 11:55 AM

While innovation in banking acquired a bad name in the years before the financial crisis, it doesn't mean international banking groups should now dispense with new ways of operating.

The major challenges that face the international banking sector include cost, lack of capital and reputational issues. To rise to...

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Countries Can Come Back From the Dead -- Exhibit A, Ireland

(6) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 4:48 PM

Two years ago, almost to the day, I gathered at a gloomy press conference in Dublin to hear the Irish government inform its citizens that for the first time in the nation's history, the State could no longer fund itself and would need an emergency credit line from the IMF...

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Aging Population Pressures Medtech Industry to Improve Care and Reduce Costs

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 12:30 PM

From C-suite executives to policymakers, the global medical technology industry will convene next week in Boston for AdvaMed2012. During this premiere medtech conference, key leaders and stakeholders will take the pulse of the industry to evaluate the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Changing demographics across the world are...

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Irish Clouds with Silver Linings

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 9:43 AM

As economic downturn puts a dark cloud across Europe, there is a clear sky above Ireland's IT sector and silver linings within its growing cloud business.

Ireland has been experiencing a major surge in the growth in cloud computing, capturing more than its fair share of global cloud investments. Cloud...

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Ireland Is Not Greece and Greece Is Not Ireland as European Crisis Rumbles On

(10) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 3:24 PM

For Americans observing the interminable European debt crisis, all must seem very strange even after months of special programs, learned editorials and on-the-spot reporting from Athens.

At a fundamental level, Americans must wonder how a faltering economy in Greece (population: approximately 11 million) can cause a rupture in the entire...

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