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Bringing Supports for Small Businesses Under One Roof

September 13, 2017 |

An initiative of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, ‘Taking Care of Business’ will bring together up to 30 State bodies, agencies and units, and builds on the success of previous events in recent years, which have … Read More

Clare County Council’s Rural Strategy Lauded for Innovative Forward-Thinking

September 8, 2017 |

Clare is the first county to launch a rural development strategy, which has a 4,000-jobs target, following the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development.

The action plan, launched Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring … Read More

Enterprise Ireland launch €750,000 funding competition

August 30, 2017 |

A Competitive Start Fund (CSF) competition worth up to €750,000 in funding from Enterprise Ireland will open for applications to early stage companies in manufacturing and internationally traded services on Wednesday 13 September 2017.

This is … Read More

Ireland urged to launch its own space agency

August 29, 2017 |

The Irish Government has been advised on the importance of a national space agency and urged develop its own space agency if the country is to become a global player in the sector.

The call was … Read More

Wild Atlantic Way listed among best drives in the world

August 23, 2017 |

If you are looking for an “epic” road trip look no further than the Wild Atlantic Way or the Causeway Coastal Route, according to Lonely Planet’s list of 50 ‘Epic Drives of the World’.

The travel … Read More

Smart light hope to lead to clever cycling in the city

August 15, 2017 |

Cyclists in the capital are being invited to get involved in an innovative smart light pilot scheme that will connect over 500 cyclists across the city.

As well as keeping cyclists safer on the road, the … Read More

Free scheme to recycle ‘end-of-life’ vehicles introduced

August 11, 2017 |

A new industry-funded scheme to recycle “end-of-life” vehicles has been set up by Minister for Environment Denis Naughten.

The end of life vehicle environmental scheme, known as ELVES (ELV Environmental Services), will operate like the Weee … Read More

€1m fund to remove over 750,000 dumped vehicle tyres

August 9, 2017 |

A €1 million fund to get rid of large stockpiles of waste tyres blighting the Irish countryside has been announced by Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten.

The level of illegal dumping of used tyres is … Read More

Ulster University-led energy storage project awarded €6.7m

August 8, 2017 |

Ulster University has launched a €6.7 million cross-border research project, funded by European Union, it aims to develop a range of consumer-owned energy storage resources.

The launch of Ulster University’s SPIRE 2 project follows the UK … Read More

Stand & Deliver: WannaCry Provides Wake-up Call for Cyber Security

July 31, 2017 |

The WannaCry ransomware attack provided a rude awakening for many organisations that were unprepared for the outbreak and fallout. Organisations must now ask themselves the same question, regardless of whether they were affected by WannaCry or not: How … Read More

“Promising Times Ahead For Irish Tourism” – Liam Griffin

July 31, 2017 |

A bright future lies ahead for Irish tourism and the time is ripe for a big focus on rural tourism. Another big government commitment will be required to make this a reality but amid the positivity, there are … Read More

Machine Translation & Future Preservation of the Irish Language

July 31, 2017 |

The future of the Irish language in 2017 might be unclear, Dr John Tinsley examines how Machine Translation holds the key to addressing some of the translation challenges, thus ensuring its preservation and future.

When reading … Read More

Parklife: Meet the Startup Hoping to Revolutionise Car Parking in Ireland

July 31, 2017 |

Dublin-based start-up Parkpnp hopes to provide a solution to Ireland’s parking problems as it aims to be the Airbnb of driveways.

“Please help me find a parking space” is the utterance of motorists in towns and … Read More

Graduate Recruitment in 2017: Trends and Analysis

July 31, 2017 |

With the public sector once again fully immersed in the graduate recruitment cycle, it is interesting to see current trends in the graduate recruitment landscape, both in terms of what graduates are expecting and what employers are seeking.

Every year, … Read More

More than half of under-30s considering ditching TV licence fee

July 31, 2017 |

A new online survey has revealed that 55% of TV licence holders aged 30 or under are planning or considering to stop paying their TV licence fee.

The survey was carried out by Censuswide on behalf … Read More

Donegal Tourism heading stateside for Trade Mission

July 28, 2017 |

This August will see Donegal reach across the Atlantic Ocean to extend a heartfelt Céad Mile Fáilte to its nearest westerly neighbours, friends and family.

As part of its ongoing marketing campaign aimed at increasing its … Read More

How to maximize your productivity in the workplace

July 27, 2017 |

Often times, a day at work can feel like eight hours of your life lost. You get there in the morning, you work for a whole day, and leave in the evening. Some days, you just can’t shake … Read More

Ireland leads European data centre market

July 26, 2017 |

A new report – Data Centres Ireland by BroadGroup – published this week has revealed that Ireland’s distinctive data centre market now leads the way in Europe.

The report suggests that Ireland has benefited from its … Read More

Ireland’s most popular tourist counties and attractions revealed

July 24, 2017 |

Tourism is Ireland’s biggest indigenous employer with visitors to the country spending €4.6 billion in 2016, according to Fáilte Ireland figures.

That figure is spread across all Ireland’s regions but the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) … Read More

National College of Ireland (NCI) and IBM collaborate on cybersecurity skills shortage

July 21, 2017 |

The National College of Ireland (NCI) and IBM are to begin collaborating to meet the growing demand for cybersecurity skills shortage in Ireland.

The new joint industry-academia initiative sees 50 IBM employees studying NCI certified Higher … Read More

BT rolling out innovative replacement of street payphones in the UK

July 20, 2017 |

Having fallen out of favour with the proliferation of mobile phones, settling on what to with old, disused or abandoned phone boxes on streets across the country has proved something of a conundrum. In the UK however, BT … Read More

85% of Irish offices experience connectivity problems

July 19, 2017 |

One in ten Irish employees experience connectivity issues while at work every day.

This is according to a new independent survey commissioned by WiredScore to highlight the benefits of efficient and reliable internet services for offices … Read More

Proposed M20 would open up economic corridor & create 5,400 jobs

July 18, 2017 |

Building the long-sought M20 motorway linking Cork-to-Limerick motorway could create up to 5,400 jobs and contribute €128 million to the State, a new report says.

The report commissioned on behalf of Cork and Limerick chambers of … Read More

Ireland’s Northern and Western region designated as EU European Entrepreneurial Region 2018

July 13, 2017 |

The European Union has named Ireland’s Northern and Western region as European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) 2018 recognising the “enormous strides” the region has taken to foster entrepreneurship and arrest decades of economic decline.

The counties coming … Read More

Parked cars to protect cyclists in Dublin under new plan

July 11, 2017 |

Switching to a cycling commute may have enormous health benefits, but only if we can avail of a safe cycling environment.

That has been the call from cycling advocates for sometime and echoing this sentiment is … Read More

Wave of new funding for marine energy projects

July 10, 2017 |

€1.3m in fresh funding has been awarded to 34 European research teams, working on offshore renewable energy technologies.

The Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland centre (MaREI) based in University College Cork (UCC) is currently heading up … Read More

Cork named most “culturally vibrant” city in Europe

July 7, 2017 |

Cork, Dublin and Galway have been named among the best cities in Europe for cultural vibrancy and cultural infrastructure in a special European Report launched in Brussels.

The first edition of the Cultural and Creative Cities … Read More

Trinity College Dublin leads €12million EU ‘smart city’ nature project

July 6, 2017 |

Trinity College Dublin is to lead a €12m EU project to transform European cities into smart cities with an emphasis on nature.

Major cities are becoming increasingly difficult places to live, with high rates of pollution … Read More

Widening gap between motivation levels in private and public sectors

July 5, 2017 |

Employee motivation levels have increased by 6% over the last year according to accounting and consulting firm Mazars, who published the third annual Employee Motivation Survey.

The survey revealed that 87% of employees are motivated in … Read More

SeaFest 2017 nets 101,000 visitors

July 4, 2017 |

Ireland’s national maritime festival SeaFest attracted 101,113 visitors to Galway Harbour during the three day event, generating €6.3 million for the city.

The figures, just released show a 68% growth in attendance in just one year. … Read More

85pc of Irish professionals don’t have sufficient IT skills

July 3, 2017 |

A new survey of 1,000 of business professionals across Ireland, has shown the vast majority (85%) have insufficient IT skills.

The survey, carried out by Code Institute, asked participants to carry out a “tech diagnostic” test, … Read More

Number of companies incorporated last year highest since 1998

June 30, 2017 |

Some 20,951 companies were newly incorporated in 2016 in Ireland, an increase of 7.9 per cent on the previous year, while 8,302 companies were struck off the companies register for failure to file an annual return.

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Ireland to join leading European astronomy network

June 29, 2017 |

Ireland has joined a Europe-wide telescope network, marking another important milestone in the implementation of the national strategy for research and innovation.

The International LOFAR (LOw Frequency ARray) Telescope is a €150 million network of radio … Read More

Flat-fee refuse charges scrapped in bid to increase recycling rates

June 28, 2017 |

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten has announced that the mandatory pay-by-weight scheme is to be abandoned and flat fee charges are to be scrapped.

The pay-by-weight scheme, which was due to come … Read More

IDA seeking new data centre locations across Ireland

June 27, 2017 |

Already home to at least 30 global data centres belonging to tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Vodafone, Interxion and Equinix, to name a few; the IDA is on the hunt for suitable locations for the next … Read More

Irish Energy-Saving Initiative Wins Major European Award

June 26, 2017 |

Dublin City Council and its energy agency Codema scooped a major European award last week for the Home Energy Saving Kits, which are available for the public to borrow from all of the council’s public libraries across the … Read More

Fáilte Ireland report shows record year for tourism in 2016

June 22, 2017 |

More than one million North Americans visited Ireland in 2016, the first time the milestone has ever been broken.

The figures were revealed in this week’s preliminary Tourism Facts 2016 – a compilation of Irish tourism … Read More

Poll finds office staff feel meetings are not productive

June 20, 2017 |

We’re all a bit guilty of zoning out during meetings, equally management can be guilty of overkill on the meeting front too.

It can be difficult to concentrate the entirety and they can be viewed as … Read More

Green Business Seminar ahead of Fleadh Cheoil

June 16, 2017 |

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the most important event in the traditional music calendar.

For many, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is the culmination of months of hard work and practice as they compete against fellow musicians, … Read More

New wind energy development guidelines proposed

June 15, 2017 |

The Government has this week announced the initial outcome of a major revision of controversial guidelines for wind energy developments.

The amendments to the 2006 Wind Energy Development Guidelines were presented by the Minister for Housing, … Read More