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  • Cyber attack hits IT systems in Ireland and UK Several organisations including big business and government offices in eastern Europe have been hit by a worldwide cyber attack. It has been reported that companies in Ireland may also have been affected, with computer systems at shipping group Maersk failing across regions including Ireland. Danish, British and Spanish multinationals have also been hit by the [...]...
  • Irish and UK retailers highlight Brexit challenges Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, has joined forces with the British Retail Consortium and the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium to explore the implications for the sector arising from Brexit. They will meet in Dublin with a number of Government Departments, consumer advocates and individual retailers to seek solutions to mitigate the [...]...
  • Best ever month of May for Irish tourism Commenting on figures published today by the CSO for overseas visitors to Ireland for January to May, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “I am pleased to see growth of more than +3% for the five-month period January-May, coming on the back of a record performance in 2016 and years of solid growth in [...]...
  • New CEO at Barclays Bank Ireland Barclays Bank Ireland has announced the appointment of Kevin Wall as its new chief executive. He succeeds Sarah Wiggins who will take up a new role within Barclays as head of east and south east in UK corporate banking next month. Mr Wall joined Barclays in 1981 and has held a variety of roles across the business, [...]...
  • €330,000 funding announced for ‘Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network’ New funding has been announced for female entrepreneurs living in Cork and Limerick. The Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN) project will see more than €330,000 in funding, provided by the Department of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund, allocated to promote entrepreneurial skills amongst women in these regions, through a tailored and focused [...]...

Cyber attack hits IT systems in Ireland and UK

  Cyber attack hits IT systems in Ireland and UK

Several organisations including big business and government offices in eastern Europe have been hit by a worldwide cyber attack. It has been reported that companies in Ireland may also have been affected, with computer systems at shipping group Maersk failing across regions including Ireland. Danish, British and Spanish multinationals have also been hit by the […]

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Irish and UK retailers highlight Brexit challenges

  Irish and UK retailers highlight Brexit challenges

Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, has joined forces with the British Retail Consortium and the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium to explore the implications for the sector arising from Brexit. They will meet in Dublin with a number of Government Departments, consumer advocates and individual retailers to seek solutions to mitigate the […]

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Best ever month of May for Irish tourism

  Best ever month of May for Irish tourism

Commenting on figures published today by the CSO for overseas visitors to Ireland for January to May, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “I am pleased to see growth of more than +3% for the five-month period January-May, coming on the back of a record performance in 2016 and years of solid growth in […]

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New CEO at Barclays Bank Ireland

  New CEO at Barclays Bank Ireland

Barclays Bank Ireland has announced the appointment of Kevin Wall as its new chief executive. He succeeds Sarah Wiggins who will take up a new role within Barclays as head of east and south east in UK corporate banking next month. Mr Wall joined Barclays in 1981 and has held a variety of roles across the business, […]

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€330,000 funding announced for ‘Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network’

  €330,000 funding announced for ‘Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network’

New funding has been announced for female entrepreneurs living in Cork and Limerick. The Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN) project will see more than €330,000 in funding, provided by the Department of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund, allocated to promote entrepreneurial skills amongst women in these regions, through a tailored and focused […]

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Tourism Ireland ‘Game of Thrones’ campaign wins big

  Tourism Ireland ‘Game of Thrones’ campaign wins big

Tourism Ireland’s Game of Thrones campaign scooped three awards – a gold, a silver and a bronze – at the prestigious Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The Cannes Lions awards are highly coveted and generally regarded as the Oscars of the advertising and marketing world. The Tourism Ireland campaign was awarded a Gold Lion […]

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GSK opens new €8m state of the art biomass energy plant at Dungarvan site

  GSK opens new €8m state of the art biomass energy plant at Dungarvan site

GSK has announced the opening of an €8 million investment project at its manufacturing site in Dungarvan. The facility was officially opened Friday 23 June, by Site Director Brian Fox. The investment has been utilised to develop a new purpose-built biomass energy facility which is expected to reduce the site’s carbon emissions by up to […]

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Eurotek designs and installs digital signage network in Ulster Rugby’s Kingspan Stadium

  Eurotek designs and installs digital signage network in Ulster Rugby’s Kingspan Stadium

Eurotek, the Irish owned specialist provider of audio-visual solutions to companies nationwide and across the world, has designed and installed a new state of the art digital signage network at Ulster Rugby’s Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. The new system enables Ulster Rugby to deliver live match footage and tailored visitor information to 96 screens across […]

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Dublin Living Wage Initiative launched

  Dublin Living Wage Initiative launched

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, has launched the Dublin City Council Living Wage Initiative at the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin. The initiative recognises businesses which pay a Living Wage of €11.50 per hour, to their permanent employees, by granting them permission to display a Dublin Living Wage Plaque at the entrance to their […]

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Irish businesses – connect with local and regional US representatives at E3 event

  Irish businesses – connect with local and regional US representatives at E3 event

On the 29th of June, The Global Situation Room and Enterprise Ireland are holding an event in Dublin where businesses can connect directly with local and regional representatives from across the USA and hear from Irish companies who are successfully exporting stateside. Partners include StartUp Ireland, Tech Ireland, the Small Firms Association, Irish Exporters Association.
The intention of the […]

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Winner of High Potential Start-Up ‘Founder of the Year 2017’ announced

  Winner of High Potential Start-Up ‘Founder of the Year 2017’ announced

Tony McEnroe of SiriusXT has won the inaugural Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) “Founder of the Year Award”, supported by Grant Thornton. SiriusXT has developed and built a bench-top, Soft X-Ray Microscope [SXT100] that is capable of generating high-resolution 3D images of the internal structure of whole biological cells. The SXT100 is built on […]

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One in five Irish businesses held to ransom in past 12 months

  One in five Irish businesses held to ransom in past 12 months

One-fifth of Irish businesses were held to ransom by cybercriminals in the past 12 months, according to the results of a recent survey commissioned by information security company Ward Solutions. The survey was carried out among 170 senior IT professionals and decision makers in Ireland just prior to the recent WannaCry attacks, and highlights the […]

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Dublin Airport and Enterprise Ireland launch tender competition

  Dublin Airport and Enterprise Ireland launch tender competition

Dublin Airport and Enterprise Ireland, have launched a competition for firms to research and develop potential new solutions to address the challenges of wildlife activity on the airfield at Dublin Airport. Through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) open tender initiative, applicants are encouraged to look at the use of smart, low cost and innovative […]

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Irish doctors don’t trust online health information

  Irish doctors don’t trust online health information

While millions of people turn to digital when researching symptoms or looking up health conditions, Irish doctors still prefer traditional methods to educate themselves according to a study conducted by GSK. The study looked at the digital habits of Irish medics and found that while Irish doctors are increasingly looking to online resources, including pharmaceutical […]

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Chaucer launches Dublin-based company to write international specialty business

  Chaucer launches Dublin-based company to write international specialty business

Chaucer, the specialist insurance group, has announced that the Central Bank of Ireland has approved the formation of a Dublin-based company that will trade under the name of Chaucer Dublin (incorporated in Ireland as Chaucer Insurance Company DAC) to write international specialty insurance and reinsurance business.
Chaucer Dublin, which plans to write a broad range of […]

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Falls in oil, gas, coal and electricity lead to 6% drop in Bord Gáis Energy Index in May

  Falls in oil, gas, coal and electricity lead to 6% drop in Bord Gáis Energy Index in May

A broad-based fall in oil, gas, coal and electricity in May led to the Bord Gáis Energy Index falling by 6% during the month.  The main influencers were a 6% fall in oil prices as OPEC’s production cuts failed to have the desired effect, and a 6% fall in electricity costs.  However, year-on-year the Index […]

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PaycheckPlus wins global accolade at ‘The Payroll Awards’

  PaycheckPlus wins global accolade at ‘The Payroll Awards’

PaycheckPlus, the Irish payroll outsource provider for Irish, UK and international clients, has won a prestigious global award at the ‘The Payroll Awards’ hosted by the Global Payroll Association in Amsterdam. The Co. Louth based payroll company beat a host of international competition to take home the “In-country Payroll Provider of the Year 2017” award.
In […]

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“One to Watch Award” winner announced at Big Ideas 2017

  “One to Watch Award” winner announced at Big Ideas 2017

Finola Cliffe of HookeBio has been presented with the “One to Watch Award” at Enterprise Ireland’s Big Ideas 2017. HookeBio was one of ten investor-ready start-up companies to pitch their new technology solutions to investors at Enterprise Ireland’s annual showcase of start-up innovation emerging from higher education institutes at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.
The award […]

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Brexit: Challenges with solutions

  Brexit: Challenges with solutions

Ibec has launched a comprehensive set of proposals to progress EU-UK negotiations and limit the negative impact of Brexit on business and the wider economy. In advance of the launch of “Brexit: Challenges with solutions” in Ibec Head Office, Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said the surprise UK election result offered a fresh opportunity for the […]

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CSO figures for overseas visitors in Q1 reflect challenge of Brexit

  CSO figures for overseas visitors in Q1 reflect challenge of Brexit

Commenting on recent CSO figures for the first quarter of 2017, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Despite strong growth in visitor numbers from North America (+13%) and from long-haul markets including Australia (+16%), a decline of -7% in British visitors has led to an overall drop of -1% in overseas visitors to Ireland […]

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Bristol-Myers Squibb to sell Swords manufacturing facility to SK Biotek Co., Ltd.

  Bristol-Myers Squibb to sell Swords manufacturing facility to SK Biotek Co., Ltd.

IDA Ireland has welcomed the joint-announcement by Bristol-Myers Squibb and South Korean company SK Biotek Co., Ltd of agreement for SK Biotek to acquire Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) Manufacturing Facility in Swords, Co Dublin.
The announcement confirms that the two companies have signed a definitive purchase agreement for Bristol-Myers Squibb to sell its small […]

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SportsTech Ireland launches

  SportsTech Ireland launches

With an ambition to double the number of sports tech companies operating in Ireland by 2020 SportsTech Ireland laid out ambitious plans when launching at King John’s Castle in Limerick recently. “We want to target at least 10 international companies operating in this space to establish a base here in that same period and help to […]

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Remove provisions on defined benefit pensions – Ibec

  Remove provisions on defined benefit pensions – Ibec

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today appeared before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Social Protection and called on it to remove flawed provisions on defined benefit pensions from the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill. The hearing was part of the pre-legislative scrutiny process in advance of publication of the detailed provisions of the […]

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Investment in small firms increasing despite Brexit concerns

  Investment in small firms increasing despite Brexit concerns

The Small Firms Association (SFA) today released new data on the finance and investment priorities of small firms. Launching the new data, SFA Chair, Sue O’Neill, stated: “It is very positive to see that 51% of SFA members are growing and 72% intend to invest in their business over the coming year. This is up […]

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BNY Mellon celebrates 15 years in Wexford

  BNY Mellon celebrates 15 years in Wexford

BNY Mellon, a global leader in investment management and investment servicing, is celebrating 15 years of operations in Wexford. BNY Mellon’s Irish operations currently employ over 1,600 people and offer a broad range of services including asset servicing, alternative investment services and corporate trust.
Commenting on BNY Mellon’s  anniversary, Head of International Financial Services Kieran Donoghue […]

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Applegreen appoints new chief financial officer

  Applegreen appoints new chief financial officer

Forecourt retailer Applegreen has appointed Niall Dolan as its new chief financial officer. Mr Dolan, who is currently head of corporate finance and treasury with Applegreen, will take up his new role on July 1st.
Prior to joining Applegreen in 2015, Mr Dolan was chief financial officer of ISS Ireland, a facility service provider. He qualified […]

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Dublin BIC launches start-up hub to offer solution to rising office rents

  Dublin BIC launches start-up hub to offer solution to rising office rents

Dublin BIC today announces the opening of its new start-up hub and co-working facility, Space@DublinBIC, as an affordable office solution for entrepreneurs, freelancers and start-ups. Situated on the first and second floors of 61 Dawson Street, Space@DublinBIC has capacity for 200+ people.
Established by Dublin BIC, the organisation providing a comprehensive range of supports to early-stage […]

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Jobs gap closes but recovery remains uneven

  Jobs gap closes but recovery remains uneven

According to the OECD Employment Outlook 2017, the job market continues to improve in the OECD area, with the employment rate finally returning to pre-crisis levels. However, people on low and middle incomes have seen their wages stagnate and the share of middle-skilled jobs has fallen, contributing to rising inequality and concerns that top earners […]

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12 of 38 Fulbright Awards go to UCD students, scholars and professionals

  12 of 38 Fulbright Awards go to UCD students, scholars and professionals

‌The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD has announced 38 new Fulbright Irish Awardees for 2017-2018. Twelve of these awards go to students, scholars and professionals from University College Dublin (UCD).
Jointly funded by the Irish and US governments under the Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange, the Fulbright Awards provide Irish and […]

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Decline in satisfaction with broadband speeds

  Decline in satisfaction with broadband speeds

Irish broadband is still stuck in the slow lane, while many consumers are in the dark over whether they are getting the speeds they are actually paying for, according to new research from independent and impartial price comparison website Switcher.ie.
Despite the Government making a concerted effort through the National Broadband Plan to get Ireland up-to-speed, […]

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