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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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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

Doctors latest group to threaten strike over pay claim

October 19, 2016 |

With thousands of gardaí and teachers preparing to stage work stoppages, doctors are the latest group to warn of strike action as pressure on the Government over public service pay reaches crisis levels.

The Government insisted yesterday, however, there could … Read More

Teachers’ pay gap narrows but is not going away soon

October 18, 2016 |

The pay gap between new teachers and more established colleagues has emerged as one of the most fiercely debated issues in the looming strike.

The ASTI insists that teachers who entered the profession during the crash lag far behind those … Read More

Ladbrokes, Gala Coral to sell 359 shops ahead of merger

October 17, 2016 |

Ladbrokes and Gala Coral said they agreed to sell 359 shops for £55.5m to rivals, in a deal which will reduce their footprint and pave the way for competition authorities to allow their merger to proceed.

The pair were … Read More

Chief executive resigns as Goal reels from Syria inquiry

October 13, 2016 |

Barry Andrews has resigned as chief executive of Goal as the aid agency reels from a US investigation into its multimillion-euro Syria operation, The Irish Times has learned.

Mr Andrews, a former Fianna Fáil minister who took the helm at … Read More

Increased benefits for landlords in Budget 2017

October 12, 2016 |

Interest deductibility for residential landlords is to be increased by 5% to 80% as part of measures in Budget 2017 to support the rental market.

The rate had been restricted to 75% in 2009.

In addition, full interest deductibility for … Read More

Budget based on prudent management, says Kenny

October 12, 2016 |

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Budget 2017 is the first in a series of budgets that are focused on what the public said was important.

Speaking on RTÉ News, Mr Kenny said it was based on continued prudent management of … Read More

Government Statement on Preparations for Brexit

October 11, 2016 |

Government intensifies preparatory work on Brexit and announces All-Island Civic Dialogue to seek broad based views on all-island implications.

Next Steps to include:

· An all-island Civic Dialogue on Brexit with the initial meeting to be hosted by the Taoiseach … Read More

Budget 2017: Just about everything we know so far

October 10, 2016 |

We’re down to the final straight, and after a budget that has had more leaks that a colander, where are we at?

The Government has about €1.2 billion for tax cuts and spending increases in Budget 2017 and nobody will … Read More

ASTI asked to cooperate in event of industrial action

October 7, 2016 |

The Department of Education has asked teachers’ union the ASTI to cooperate with arrangements it is attempting to make to keep secondary schools open in the event of industrial action by teachers.

The Association of Secondary School Teachers is currently … Read More

Rising from the Ashes: The Athenaeum in Enniscorthy has officially re-opened following restoration

October 6, 2016 |

Enniscorthy was the final garrison in Ireland to surrender in 1916. Today, the Athenaeum theatre and town hall, where the Volunteers made their brave stand, will once again return to a central position in Enniscorthy, following its re-opening on Friday, … Read More

€6m fund to reduce flooding risk in Athlone

October 6, 2016 |

A multi-million euro fund is to be made available for a series of emergency measures over the next nine months to reduce the risk from flooding for 250 homes in Athlone.

Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of … Read More

‘Hard Brexit’ could cost UK financial industry £38 billion

October 5, 2016 |

The British financial industry could lose up to £38 billion (€43 billion) in revenue in a so-called ‘hard Brexit’ that would leave it with restricted access to the European Union’s single market, according to a report commissioned by a financial … Read More

First-time buyers need up to four years to save deposit

October 4, 2016 |

New research by Central Bank economists suggests that it takes up to four years for a first-time buyer to save up a deposit for a house in south Dublin.

In other urban areas of the country, the time to … Read More

LÉ James Joyce to conclude three-month Med tour of duty

September 30, 2016 |

LÉ James Joyce returns to Cork later this morning after a three-month humanitarian tour of duty in the Mediterranean. During the operation, the ship’s crew rescued almost 2,500 people, and recovered 21 bodies.

LÉ James Joyce departed the Naval Service … Read More

Aran Islands Air Services Contract Extended

September 29, 2016 |

Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Seán Kyne T.D., has today (27 September 2016) announced that the contract between his Department and GASL with regard to the provision of air services to the Aran Islands has been extended. The contract … Read More

Budget to dominate as Dáil returns after summer break

September 27, 2016 |

The new Dáil term begins later today after a two-month summer recess, with focus immediately turning to next month’s Budget. Ahead of detailed negotiations, the Independent Alliance is due to meet this week to discuss their budget strategy.

Minister for … Read More

Medical device research centre to open in Galway

September 26, 2016 |

A €68m centre for medical device research will be officially launched at NUI Galway this morning. The Centre for Research in Medical Devices will involve more than 250 researchers from a total of six academic institutions across the country.

It … Read More