Common Agricultural Policy or CAP is something that the majority of people know little or nothing about, but it shapes our lives nonetheless. In recent years the focus of CAP has moved from just supporting farm incomes to to also focusing on the environment. This has been seen as a step in the right direction, but the way this process must occur is complex and volatile.
Cryptocurrencies as a medium of investment have greatly risen in popularity over the last year. People around the world used the free time available to them during quarantine to educate themselves on the matter of investing and got into cryptocurrency investments before the lockdowns ended. According to the BBC, Covid-19 has disrupted the traditional trade systems of stocks and gold, leading to many investors diversifying their assets by turning to Bitcoin (or BTC). PayPal has helped make it mainstream by enabling BTC purchases on their app. Many have also decided to invest in cryptocurrencies in an effort to negate the effects of the rising inflation rate on their assets.
On Wednesday The 21st of April, 2021, Carphone Warehouse Ireland made an announcement early that morning to it’s staff that it was closing it’s doors to the Irish mobile phone market. The news was being reported by media news outlets a short time later where almost 500 employees of the Dixon Carphone owned company would now face redundancy/ unemployment in the midst of a pandemic that has caused disastrous shocks to all types of retail industries.
In recent weeks, there has been an increase in calls for an alternative public banking system to be introduced in Ireland to deliver local community banking. This comes with the closure of Ulster Bank and Bank of Ireland branches across the country in recent months.