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  • National Construction Summit – 2nd May, 2018 – Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin Expected to attract more than 2,000 visitors, from across the country, the 2018 National Construction Summit will be held on Wednesday, 2nd May at the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin. Now in its fourth year, the annual National Construction Summit has become firmly established as an All-Ireland ‘must-attend’ event, which successfully connects key stakeholders across the [...]...
  • Copenhagen Economics Study on Impacts of Brexit on Trade and the Economy The Government has published an independent study by Copenhagen Economics examining the impact of Brexit on Ireland’s trade and economy. The study examines the implications and quantifies the impact of possible new barriers to trade which might emerge as a result of Brexit. It considers a range of possible Brexit scenarios – an EEA-type scenario, a [...]...
  • FutureScope 2018 to Explore How Technology Will Change Our World FutureScope, Ireland’s only conference that promotes collaboration between the entrepreneurial community and multinationals, will take place in the Convention Centre Dublin on Thursday, 31st May 2018. The event is limited to 1,200 attendees, to enable quality networking, and will feature more than 120 speakers and panellists, with 40 exhibitors. Now in its fifth year, FutureScope, organised by [...]...
  • Brexit Deal Vital to Protecting All-island Supply Chains Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group that represents the food industry, has said the full implementation of the December Brexit deal was vital to protect complex all-island supply chains. The deal now needs to be put into a binding legal contract, there can be no black-sliding on clearly agreed commitments. At the launch of [...]...
  • Gyproc Ireland to Invest €8 Million at Monaghan Quarry Gyproc, Ireland’s leading manufacturer of plaster and plasterboard and part of the Saint-Gobain group, has announced an investment of €8 million as part of the development of its quarry in Knocknacran, Co. Monaghan. The development will see Gyproc recommence operations in the quarry, ensuring it has access to a long-term supply of gypsum rock, the mineral [...]...

National Construction Summit – 2nd May, 2018 – Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin

  National Construction Summit – 2nd May, 2018 – Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin

Expected to attract more than 2,000 visitors, from across the country, the 2018 National Construction Summit will be held on Wednesday, 2nd May at the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin. Now in its fourth year, the annual National Construction Summit has become firmly established as an All-Ireland ‘must-attend’ event, which successfully connects key stakeholders across the […]

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Copenhagen Economics Study on Impacts of Brexit on Trade and the Economy

  Copenhagen Economics Study on Impacts of Brexit on Trade and the Economy

The Government has published an independent study by Copenhagen Economics examining the impact of Brexit on Ireland’s trade and economy. The study examines the implications and quantifies the impact of possible new barriers to trade which might emerge as a result of Brexit. It considers a range of possible Brexit scenarios – an EEA-type scenario, a […]

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FutureScope 2018 to Explore How Technology Will Change Our World

  FutureScope 2018 to Explore How Technology Will Change Our World

FutureScope, Ireland’s only conference that promotes collaboration between the entrepreneurial community and multinationals, will take place in the Convention Centre Dublin on Thursday, 31st May 2018. The event is limited to 1,200 attendees, to enable quality networking, and will feature more than 120 speakers and panellists, with 40 exhibitors.
Now in its fifth year, FutureScope, organised by […]

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Brexit Deal Vital to Protecting All-island Supply Chains

  Brexit Deal Vital to Protecting All-island Supply Chains

Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group that represents the food industry, has said the full implementation of the December Brexit deal was vital to protect complex all-island supply chains. The deal now needs to be put into a binding legal contract, there can be no black-sliding on clearly agreed commitments. At the launch of […]

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Gyproc Ireland to Invest €8 Million at Monaghan Quarry

  Gyproc Ireland to Invest €8 Million at Monaghan Quarry

Gyproc, Ireland’s leading manufacturer of plaster and plasterboard and part of the Saint-Gobain group, has announced an investment of €8 million as part of the development of its quarry in Knocknacran, Co. Monaghan. The development will see Gyproc recommence operations in the quarry, ensuring it has access to a long-term supply of gypsum rock, the mineral […]

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NIBRT Publishes 2017 Annual Report

  NIBRT Publishes 2017 Annual Report

The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) has published its 2017 Annual Report, announcing substantial growth across all areas of research and training activity. 2017 was another excellent year for NIBRT, a year which saw activities continue to grow on the back of a robust and thriving biopharma sector. In particular, NIBRT research […]

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Branded Sales Outpace Own Label For First Time Since 2014 in Irish Grocery

  Branded Sales Outpace Own Label For First Time Since 2014 in Irish Grocery

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 28 January 2018, show continued growth for Irish supermarkets with branded goods leading the way. David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “The recovery of branded sales began in late 2017 and has continued apace in the new year. Sales […]

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EU Commission Revises its Growth Forecasts For Ireland Upwards For 2017 and 2018

  EU Commission Revises its Growth Forecasts For Ireland Upwards For 2017 and 2018

The new EU Winter 2018 Interim Economic Forecast puts GDP growth for Ireland at 7.3% for 2017 – compared to the 4.8% predicted in the Autumn Economic Forecast. This is the fastest growth rate in the EU for 2017.
The forecast growth rate for 2018 is also revised upwards – from 3.9% to 4.4%. This is the third highest […]

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Teagasc Announces New Programme For Future Research Leaders

  Teagasc Announces New Programme For Future Research Leaders

Teagasc and the European Commission will co-fund a new programme which will employ 20 new experienced researchers for 36 months each, over the next five years. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of agri-food research leaders to underpin the objectives of Ireland’s Food Wise 2025 strategy.
This new programme, which will launch in Spring […]

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Nuritas and Nestlé to Work Together on Discovery of Food-Derived Bioactive Peptides Through Artificial Intelligence

  Nuritas and Nestlé to Work Together on Discovery of Food-Derived Bioactive Peptides Through Artificial Intelligence

Nuritas, the Irish biotechnology company, and Nestlé have entered into a collaboration aiming at discovering bioactive peptide networks within specific target areas of significant value. In order to achieve the common goal, Nuritas will deploy its award-winning and novel technology platform, which uses Artificial Intelligence and DNA analysis to predict, unlock, and validate highly efficacious […]

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Cork Business Association Elects New President

  Cork Business Association Elects New President

The Cork Business Association has elected Philip Gillivan (pictured above right), proprietor of the Shelbourne Bar, McCurtain Street, as their new President. Philip’s term will last until February 2020. 
Philip is taking over the reins from Pat O Connell (pictured left), who had a hugely successful two year term as President. He was instrumental in re-structuring the […]

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UCC Scientists Reveal How Food Affects Our Mood

  UCC Scientists Reveal How Food Affects Our Mood

A new book, ‘The Psychobiotic Revolution’, is having a major impact in the field of biomedicine. It reveals that our brain health and state of mind are intimately connected to our gut bacteria (microbiome). The discoveries could help change the way we treat conditions such as depression and anxiety.
More oily fish and fibre-rich vegetables could help improve […]

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EU Market For Electric Cars is Highly Fragmented

  EU Market For Electric Cars is Highly Fragmented

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has published new data demonstrating the correlation between the market uptake of electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECVs) and both GDP and customer incentives. Based on these new findings, ACEA calls for an ambitious but more realistic approach to the electrification of Europe’s car fleet.
ACEA’s new data shows that an ECV market share of […]

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US Software Company Invests in NI’s Growing Software Development Sector

  US Software Company Invests in NI’s Growing Software Development Sector

Chef Software, a Seattle based software company, and leader in Continuous Automation software, is to create 55 new jobs with a new software development centre in Belfast. Chef is one of the founders of the DevOps (Development and Operations) movement, and has over 1,000 customers spread across many industries such as Facebook, Nordstrom, Target, IBM […]

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NTR Closes Debt Facilities to Value of €43.2 Million to Fund Irish Wind Projects

  NTR Closes Debt Facilities to Value of €43.2 Million to Fund Irish Wind Projects

NTR has announced that it has successfully closed three project debt facilities in recent weeks with AIB, Nord/LB and MUFG totaling a Euro equivalent of €66.5 million. Two of the debt facilities will be utilised to finance the construction of new wind farms, while the third is for the refinancing of a wind farm already […]

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ESB to Deliver €150 Million in Savings to Large Businesses

  ESB to Deliver €150 Million in Savings to Large Businesses

Smart Energy Services, a business line in ESB, is to deliver €150 million in savings on energy costs for over 300 large businesses in Ireland and the UK by 2020, in response to growing demand.
Smart Energy Services provides consultancy, capital funding, energy management services and implementation of energy projects for businesses who are large users […]

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Additional €30 Million Commitment From EU For Micro-enterprises in Ireland

  Additional €30 Million Commitment From EU For Micro-enterprises in Ireland

The European Investment Fund (EIF) has signed a second agreement with Microfinance Ireland (MFI) to support 2,100 micro-entrepreneurs under the European Commission’s EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) after the first one signed in 2015. As a result of the EU support, the EaSI guarantee provided by the EIF will enable MFI to provide an […]

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3,700 New Jobs Created in 2017 by Local Enterprise Office-supported Companies

  3,700 New Jobs Created in 2017 by Local Enterprise Office-supported Companies

A net total of 3,700 new jobs were delivered in 2017 by start-ups and small businesses from across the country that have been supported by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs). This brings the total number of new jobs created by LEO-backed companies to 15,000 since the LEOs were set up in 2014.
The jobs results by […]

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SEAI to Invest €2.5 Million in RD&D Solutions For Next Generation Energy

  SEAI to Invest €2.5 Million in RD&D Solutions For Next Generation Energy

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced a research fund of over €2.5 million to support cutting-edge research, development and demonstration energy projects in 2018. The Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme aims to develop new energy solutions that can help our homes, businesses and communities become more energy efficient and deliver a cleaner energy future.
Commenting, […]

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Ocean Energy Makes a Splash in the US With US Navy Partnership

  Ocean Energy Makes a Splash in the US With US Navy Partnership

Irish wave energy technology company, Ocean Energy, has announced that its pioneering wave energy convertor, the ‘OE Buoy’, will be built in the United States by Oregon-based marine-fabrication company Vigor, and deployed at the US Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site on the Hawaiian Island of O’ahu in autumn 2018. The contract value is €5.25 million out of […]

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Dublin is a Global Innovator City For the Future

  Dublin is a Global Innovator City For the Future

JLL has released new research that places Dublin as a global ‘Innovator’ city for the future. Among the new city types, ‘Innovators’ that possess world-class capabilities in science and technology have seen investment volumes grow by 50% since 2006.

Underpinned by strong entrepreneurial and research capabilities, Innovators such as Berlin, Boston, Seattle and Dublin are important cities in […]

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National Asset Management Agency Did Not Breach EU Rules

  National Asset Management Agency Did Not Breach EU Rules

Following a complaint, the European Commission has assessed whether the Irish National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) has benefited from illegal State aid and whether it granted undue advantages to certain property developers. The Commission has concluded that NAMA did not breach EU State aid rules.
Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “We have carefully […]

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CIS and Esri Ireland Map €56 Billion Worth of Construction Projects Throughout Ireland

  CIS and Esri Ireland Map €56 Billion Worth of Construction Projects Throughout Ireland

Esri Ireland, the market leader in geographic information services, has announced that Construction Information Services (CIS) has leveraged its digital mapping platform to present its members with a visual guide to construction projects around Ireland. 36,500 construction projects, worth €56 billion, are currently mapped on this visual platform.
CIS is Ireland’s leading construction intelligence service whose […]

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Irish Gin Exports Set to Grow Significantly in 2018

  Irish Gin Exports Set to Grow Significantly in 2018

Irish gin is expected to go global this year, with exports set to rise significantly, according to Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), which has just released its outlook for 2018. In the outlook, ABFI, which represents drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland, raised serious concerns about what it describes as the draconian and disproportionate […]

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HBAN Syndicate Invests €300,000 in HamstringSolo

  HBAN Syndicate Invests €300,000 in HamstringSolo

HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, and a joint initiative of Enterprise Ireland and InterTradeIreland, has announced a €300,000 investment in Kilkenny-based ND Sports Performance and its cloud-based hamstring assessment system products for hamstring injury prevention and improving athlete performance. The funding, which will lead […]

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Manufacturing Sector is Key to Ireland’s Economic Success But Brixit and Digitisation Challenges Loom Large

  Manufacturing Sector is Key to Ireland’s Economic Success But Brixit and Digitisation Challenges Loom Large

The Irish manufacturing sector, which contributes 25% of GDP and employs over 44,000 people both directly and indirectly, is key to Ireland’s continued economic success, according to Pat Breen TD (pictured above), Minister of State with special responsibility for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection. However, manufacturers face two formidable challenges […]

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National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 2018

  National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 2018

Attracting more than 2,500 visitors, from across the country, and featuring 235 speakers and 350 exhibitors, the 2018 National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition, held recently in the Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin, is the largest annual gathering of the manufacturing and supply chain community in Ireland.
Now in its fifth year, the National […]

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Irish Businesses Should Prepare For a ‘Hard’ Brexit

  Irish Businesses Should Prepare For a ‘Hard’ Brexit

“Businesses across Ireland must prepare themselves for a ‘hard’ Brexit. You must establish your exposure now,” cautioned Lucinda Creighton (pictured), when addressing the recent National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition, held at the Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin.
Lucinda Creighton is the founder of Vulcan Consulting and a former Member of Parliament and Minister […]

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Construction Industry Has Created 50,000 Jobs Since 2013

  Construction Industry Has Created 50,000 Jobs Since 2013

Over 50,000 jobs have been created in the construction industry since the lowest point of the recession in 2013. CSO figures indicate that industry has hired approximately 1000 people per month in this period. It is expected that 1 in 16 people in the economy will be employed in construction by 2019 as the industry […]

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AMI Partners With YSI and Donates €30,000 of IT Equipment

  AMI Partners With YSI and Donates €30,000 of IT Equipment

AMI, Ireland’s leading secure IT retirement company, has announced a new sponsorship with Young Social Innovators (YSI) which includes an initial donation of IT equipment worth in excess of €30,000. AMI, as YSI’s Computer Sponsor, will be supporting Ireland’s largest social innovation and entrepreneurial education programme for 12 to 18 year-old teens. In this role, AMI […]

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