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Budget 2018: The main points so far

October 10, 2017 |

As Budget 2018 announcements are underway by Minister Paschal Donohue in the Dail, here are a few changes that will be implemented:

  • The economy will grow by 4.3 percent this year and 3.5 percent next year.
  • A Rainy Day … Read More

“Stay Safe And Enjoy Halloween”

October 10, 2017 |

The message to all as we draw closer to the end of October is to “Stay Safe And Enjoy Halloween”.

It’s the motto at the forefront of South Dublin County Council’s Halloween Safety and Environmental Awareness Campaign 2017.

As part of … Read More

Cork introducing new ‘age friendly’ parking spaces

October 5, 2017 |

Cork County Council has launched a new parking initiative aimed at helping older people get around the county more easily.

The new plan will see a selection of parking bays designated as ‘age friendly’ spots – … Read More

Spike Island named as Europe’s Leading Attraction

October 2, 2017 |

Spike Island, known as ‘Ireland’s Alcatraz’, has been named Europe’s leading tourist attraction at the 2017 World Travel Awards.

The former prison was up against some of the world’s most well-known attractions including the Eiffel Tower, … Read More

GDPR Will Change Data Protection in May 2018 – Are You Ready?

September 27, 2017 |

In less than a year, Europe’s GDPR Will Change Data Protection in May 2018 – Are You Ready?data protection rules will undergo their biggest changes in two decades. Since their creation, the volume of digital information we create, … Read More

Spaceman: Meet The Minister Charged with Ireland’s Exploration of Space

September 27, 2017 |

The Irish space sector has been expanding rapidly in recent years and generating significant economic impact particularly in terms of jobs, exports and new company formation but did you know Ireland has a Minister for Space? John Halligan … Read More

The National Mitigation Plan: Big on Aspiration but Lacking in Substance

September 26, 2017 |

The Irish Government recently published its long-overdue National Mitigation Plan on climate change, with more than 100 initiatives proposed to reduce carbon emissions in line with global targets. Amid predictions that Ireland looks set to miss its 2020 … Read More

Meet the Start-up Revolutionising Sports Facility Bookings

September 26, 2017 |

Dublin-based company bookapitch is delivering a web-based solution that makes booking and managing sports facilities easier.

Bookapitch is a new online venture that enables organisations like schools, GAA or football clubs to advertise and rent out … Read More

New Scheme Focuses On Renewable Energy To Meet 2030 Targets

September 26, 2017 |

Home owners and businesses in all local authority areas are set to face a significant increase in electricity costs to help pay for new subsidies for renewable energy under an overhaul planned by Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, … Read More

First floating boardwalk in Ireland open in Co Leitrim

September 25, 2017 |

Earlier this month, Ireland’s first floating boardwalk was unveiled at Acres Lake in Co Leitrim.

The 600m boardwalk – between Drumshanbo and Carrick-on-Shannon – will serve as the final leg of the Shannon Blueway, part of … Read More

Government looking to develop app for serious weather alerts

September 22, 2017 |

The government is exploring the possibility of developing a smartphone weather app that will alert the public to serious weather events.

According to Minister of State for the OPW and Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, such … Read More

New project to restore Ireland’s bogland

September 19, 2017 |

A new project aiming to bring back 10,000 years of Irish history through the restoration of raised bogs across Ireland has been launched by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys.

The Living Bog … Read More

EU-Funded €4.95m Ulster Canal Greenway Project Launched

September 15, 2017 |

Phase 2 of The Ulster Canal Greenway (UCG) project is a pioneering move to develop the first sustainable transport alternative for cross-border commuters.

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD and the Minister … Read More

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 client companies continue expansion into eurozone

September 7, 2017 |

Sixty five percent of Enterprise Ireland Client Companies who are not yet exporting to the Eurozone plan to enter the market in the next 12 months.

This is according to a survey of Enterprise Ireland client … Read More

Going Green – How do European countries do it?

September 6, 2017 |

In the days of climate change, living environmentally friendly plays a key part in sustaining the current quality of the earth for future generations. Not only private households across Europe do their part in ensuring a greener future, … Read More

Ireland failing to meet own water quality target – EPA

September 1, 2017 |

A six-year assessment of surface water quality between 2010 and 2015 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found “unwelcome declines in Irish water quality” in hundreds of water bodies around the country.

Water in hundreds … 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