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New National Cycle Standard Launched

January 17, 2017 |

The Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Shane Ross T.D. has announced funding for a new national cycle training standard – Cycle Right.

Cycle Right was developed by a partnership steering committee consisting of a wide-range of stakeholders including the … Read More

EPA Urges Owners to Ensure End-of-Life Vehicles are Disposed of Correctly

January 12, 2017 |

The EPA has released waste data about end-of-life vehicles and waste tyres managed by Authorised Treatment Facilities or other waste management organisations in Ireland in 2014.

In 2014, 82 per cent of end-of-life vehicle material was reused and recycled, meeting … Read More

Donegal Drivers Urged to Use Gritting Routes Map

January 11, 2017 |

Following Status Yellow weather warnings issued from Met Eireann, Donegal County Council are reminding road users to check their Winter Gritting map which is an interactive map that is linked to the Council’s social media platforms and provides information on … Read More

Institutes of Technology should be lightning rods for entrepreneurs

January 9, 2017 |

Undermined by financial problems, Ireland’s Institutes of Technology have a powerful role yet to play in the country’s entrepreneurial journey, writes John Kennedy.

by John Kennedy

At the end of the working week, I had time for one more phone … Read More

Re-Shaping Local Government: What we can Learn from International Cases

January 6, 2017 |

The proposed mergers of City and County Councils in both Cork and Galway have faced serious scrutiny as many see the move towards amalgamation as regressive, preferring to see city boundaries extended and City Councils maintained. Reports on either side … Read More

Gripping Stuff: The benefits and specifications of High Friction Surfacing

January 5, 2017 |

John Cagney and Paul McBride examine the use of high-friction surfacing on Irish roads; outlining its cost, its effectiveness, and drawing attention to recent examples.

High Friction Surfacing (HFS), commonly termed Anti-skid, refers to a surface treatment approximately 3-5mm thick … Read More

Creating Playful Urban Environments

January 5, 2017 |

New urban developments can easily be identified by their glassy exteriors and cold utilitarian spaces. However, gains in practical functionality of space can often be to the detriment of play and spontaneity.

By Ekaterina Tikhoniouk

When we think of … Read More

Limerick sees off stiff competition to host World BBQ Championship

January 4, 2017 |

Fáilte Ireland today welcomed a €500k revenue boost for Limerick as it was announced that Ireland will play host to the World BBQ Association World Championship 2017, the largest international BBQ competition. 100 teams from across the globe will compete … Read More

Generation Why? Making the Most of a ‘Milennial’ Workforce

December 19, 2016 |

Today’s workplace is constantly changing, and that means challenges and opportunities for managers, administrators and employees. The millennial generation will soon make up 75% of the global workforce. Let’s take a look at these changing demographics and what challenges and … Read More

Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre

December 19, 2016 |

The Innovation hub to address Ireland’s water infrastructure is located in the Nimbus Centre, Cork Institute of Technology. 

The Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre (WSSIC) is a joint venture between Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Nimbus … Read More

Ireland failed to justify selective treatment of Apple – EU Commission

December 19, 2016 |

Ireland failed to justify the selective treatment of Apple with regard to tax rulings, according to the European Commission.

The full ruling on the finding that Ireland granted the US tech giant up to €13 billion in illegal State aid … Read More

Hospital overcrowding worsens as HSE to publish 2017 plan

December 14, 2016 |

The Health Service Executive will publish its €14 billion service plan for 2017 today.

The plan is expected to commit to improvements in emergency department overcrowding, as well as increased hospital funding.

HSE Service Plans have been forced to deal … Read More

Fianna Fáil has ‘genuine concerns’ about rental strategy

December 14, 2016 |

Fianna Fáil has “genuine concerns” about several aspects about the Government’s rental strategy, the party’s spokesman Barry Cowen has said.

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney will be forced to make changes to his rental plan in order to have it … Read More

Central Bank fines credit union for money laundering failures

December 9, 2016 |

The Central Bank has fined Bray Credit Union €98,000 for failing to have adequate measures in place to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing.

The institution was found to have broken the rules over a five-and-a-half year period.

All credit … Read More

Medical technology firm BD creating 100 jobs in Limerick

December 9, 2016 |

Medical technology company Becton Dickinson and Company is to establish a new research and development centre in Limerick, which will bring an additional 100 jobs.

Becton Dickinson and Company, or BD as it is known, employs 600 people in Ireland … Read More

Fianna Fáil top poll to open lead over Fine Gael

December 8, 2016 |

A new survey suggests that Fianna Fáil enjoys more support from voters than any other party in the country.

An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll has found that 30% of respondents said they would vote for Fianna Fáil in a general … Read More

The Seventh annual Meath Business & Tourism Awards

December 7, 2016 |

The Seventh annual Meath Business & Tourism Awards took place tonight at the Newgrange Hotel in Navan. Hosted by Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, the awards provide an opportunity to recognize the talent and efforts of the business community throughout Meath.

The … Read More

President Higgins has no plans to attend Castro’s funeral

November 28, 2016 |

President Michael D Higgins has no plans to travel to Havana to attend memorial services for the former Cuban leader Fidel Castro this week.

A spokesman for the President confirmed on Sunday that Mr Higgins would not be travelling to … Read More

Navan site gets record price of €6.4m for 44 acres

November 23, 2016 |

A Dublin-based property company is to pay 60 per cent more than the guide price for what is easily the best development site to have come on the market in Navan in recent years.

The successful bidder has agreed to … Read More

OCI will not pay Pat Hickey’s €410k court bond

November 17, 2016 |

A spokesperson for the Olympic Council of Ireland has said it will not be paying the €410,000 bond which Pat Hickey is required to pay as a condition of having his passport returned and being allowed to leave Brazil on … Read More

Railway line is costing €550 per passenger to run

November 15, 2016 |

Limerick-Ballybrophy route described as an ‘expensive campaign’ for local TD Alan Kelly

A railway line between Limerick and Ballybrophy is costing €550 per passenger to operate, a report has found.

The review into rail services, drawn up by the National … Read More

Leaked memo says UK government has no overall plan for Brexit

November 15, 2016 |

The British government has no overall plan for Brexit due to divisions in cabinet, a leaked Cabinet Office memo seen by The Times newspaper says.

The government there may need another six months to decide on Brexit priorities due to … Read More

All schools to reopen as ASTI suspends industrial action

November 9, 2016 |

All second level schools will open as usual tomorrow after the Association of Secondary School Teachers in Ireland suspended its industrial action.

The union and the Department of Education have both accepted an invitation from the chair of the Teachers’ … Read More

President Higgins on State visit to Vietnam

November 7, 2016 |

President Michael D Higgins has begun a State visit to Vietnam with a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi.

The State visit marks 20 years of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Vietnam.

The blossoming southeast Asian state is … Read More

Hard Brexit would permanently damage Irish economy – study

November 7, 2016 |

A hard Brexit would permanently damage Ireland, reducing the size of the economy by almost 4% and cause a rise of almost 2% in unemployment, according to a study by the Department of Finance and the Economic and Social Research … Read More

Brexit court defeat for UK government

November 3, 2016 |

Parliament must vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU, the High Court has ruled.

This means the government cannot trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – beginning formal discussions with the EU – … Read More

Emotional intelligence and how it can power your performance

November 2, 2016 |

Emotional intelligence and how it can power your performance.

A concept that is already established in many successful organisations, the development of emotional-intelligence is becoming fundamental for both leaders and those who wish to enhance their performance, whatever environment you … Read More

Government set to alter first-time buyer scheme

November 2, 2016 |

The Finance Bill is to contain a provision which will adjust a loan-to-value restriction on the Government’s first-time buyer scheme.

Originally the Budget stated that home buyers would have to take out a mortgage of at least 80% of the … Read More

Dumping: CCTV to monitor Dublin and Wicklow hills

November 1, 2016 |

CCTV cameras with night vision are to be introduced in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains to help combat the rise in illegal dumping.

The move is to be overseen by the Protecting Uplands and Rural Environments (Pure) Project, a group … Read More

Background: Cork’s Proposed Council Amalgamation

November 1, 2016 |

Like Galway, Cork is also in the midst of an amalgamation conundrum, in the first of two articles we take a look at the background to the current situation.

Last year’s report, released in September 2015 by a working group … Read More

Poor hygiene at Temple Street hospital posed serious risk to patients – Hiqa

October 28, 2016 |

Poor hygiene at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital in Dublin posed a serious risk to the health of patients and staff, according to a report by the State’s health watchdog.

The risk of infection was so severe that the Health … Read More

US hedge fund seeks Eir voting control as rival York exits

October 27, 2016 |

Eir’s biggest shareholder, Anchorage Capital, is understood to be in talks to acquire part of rival US hedge fund York Capital’s almost 10 per cent stake in the phone group, which could tip its voting rights above the 50 per … Read More

‘The next 3 years more critical than previous 50’: CEO Report Strikes Tone Of Cautious Optimism

October 26, 2016 |

The recently published KPMG CEO Outlook for 2016 shows the trepidation with which Irish CEO’s view the post-Brexit business landscape, compounded by the pressing demands to transform industries as the lines between industries, companies, technologies and customers are increasingly blurred.

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Proposed amalgamation of Galway City and County Councils still some way from reality

October 26, 2016 |

Following on from last year’s judicial review, which was sought by Cork City Council, after an independent review recommended the amalagamation of both the City and County Councils, Galway is in the heat of a similar battle. In recent years, … Read More

HSE audit highlights lack of services for stroke patients

October 26, 2016 |

An audit of services for stroke patients by the Health Service Executive has found that 73% of hospitals are unable to provide adequate levels of rehabilitation therapy to those who need it.

The audit, which was conducted in conjunction with … Read More

Bruton not optimistic ASTI strike can be averted

October 26, 2016 |

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said that discussions with the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland will continue today ahead of industrial action due to begin tomorrow.

However, Mr Bruton said he was not optimistic that tomorrow’s strike could be … Read More

Management body says schools might not re-open after midterm

October 25, 2016 |

The General Secretary of the Joint Managerial Body has said that he does not envisage many secondary schools opening after midterm break as members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland withdraw from supervision and substitution duties.

ASTI members are … Read More

Five people die in Maltese plane crash

October 24, 2016 |

Five people have died after a light aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff at Malta International Airport.

An airport source said the five victims were all French, although it is not yet clear if they were members of the military or … Read More

Iarnród Éireann funding crisis puts lines at risk, report warns

October 24, 2016 |

A number of rail lines may be forced to close as Iarnród Éireann is threatened with insolvency, a confidential report has warned.

The draft report given to Minister for Transport Shane Ross shows the country’s rail infrastructure has deteriorated to … Read More

Foley’s flight home carried special call-sign for the fallen warrior

October 20, 2016 |

The Ryanair corporate jet that flew Anthony Foley’s body home from Paris did so under special call signs to denote the Munster coach’s birth year as well as his famous number as a player.

The Boeing 737-700 jet, which had … Read More