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Ireland’s Changing Financial Services Sector Will Force Major Changes to Third-level Degree Courses

    Ireland’s Changing Financial Services Sector Will Force Major Changes to Third-level Degree Courses

The rapid growth in sustainable finance will require major changes to the make-up of third-level business and finance degree courses and professional finance qualifications, to embed the required skills to

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Dramatic Changes For First-time House Buyers Not a Good Trend

    Dramatic Changes For First-time House Buyers Not a Good Trend

The most recent Central Bank Household Credit Market Report reveals the very dramatic changes underway, particularly for first-time buyers (FTBs), according to Brokers Ireland, which represents 1,250 broker firms throughout

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€40 Million EIB Backing For An Post Transformation

    €40 Million EIB Backing For An Post Transformation

A new €40 million, 10-year European Investment Bank (EIB) loan to An Post has been formally announced in Dublin. More than €82 million of new investment by An Post over

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New EU Report Assesses the Use of Blockchain Technologies in Finance, Trade and Public Service

    New EU Report Assesses the Use of Blockchain Technologies in Finance, Trade and Public Service

The European Commission’s science and knowledge service, the Joint Research Centre, has published a new flagship report exploring the challenges and impacts of distributed ledger technologies. The report ‘Blockchain now and tomorrow’ offers

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Two New Equity Funds For Investments in Innovative SMEs

    Two New Equity Funds For Investments in Innovative SMEs

Invest Northern Ireland has launched two new Equity Funds offering investments to innovative high growth potential SMEs. The TechStart II Seed Fund and Crescent Capital IV Development Fund have been

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EY Announces Plans for 600 New Jobs Across Island of Ireland

    EY Announces Plans for 600 New Jobs Across Island of Ireland

EY has announced its plans to create 600 new jobs adding to its current headcount of 3,076 on the island of Ireland. This announcement will bring the headcount in EY

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Continuation of Help-to-Buy Scheme in Budget 2020 Welcomed

    Continuation of Help-to-Buy Scheme in Budget 2020 Welcomed

The continuation of the Help-to-Buy Scheme in the 2020 Budget has been welcomed by Property Industry Ireland, Brokers Ireland, EY Ireland and the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers. Reacting

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Only 46% of Small Business Owners Perceive Themselves to Have Good or Expert Knowledge of Financial Literacy

    Only 46% of Small Business Owners Perceive Themselves to Have Good or Expert Knowledge of Financial Literacy

The Small Firms Association (SFA) has launched the ‘Financial literacy amongst Irish micro, small and medium-sized businesses’ report, in collaboration with TU Dublin, Microfinance Ireland, SBCI and Skillnet Ireland. The

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NTR and Nord/LB Close Two Further Project Financings For a Combined €45 million

    NTR and Nord/LB Close Two Further Project Financings For a Combined €45 million

NTR has successfully closed two project debt facilities back-to-back in recent weeks with Nord/LB  for a combined €45 million. The debt facilities are being used to finance the construction of two wind farms in the Republic

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Non-Performing Loans – Still a Long Way to Go and Delays are Costing Borrowers

    Non-Performing Loans – Still a Long Way to Go and Delays are Costing Borrowers

Commenting on the newly published Banking and Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) paper on Non-Performing Loans, Brokers Ireland said while it is to be welcomed that the pace of progress to address

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ACCA and Bank of Ireland Issue Warning Amid Foreign Currency Fluctuations

    ACCA and Bank of Ireland Issue Warning Amid Foreign Currency Fluctuations

Many Irish companies that deal in foreign currency are exposing their businesses to significant and unnecessary profitability risks due to a lack of consideration of appropriate hedging within their organisations.

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Opus Fund Services to Expand Irish Operations

    Opus Fund Services to Expand Irish Operations

Opus Fund Services, an award winning independent, privately owned global fund administrator headquartered in Bermuda, plans to open a second office in Ireland, locating in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, with the

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The Licencing of FinTech Firms Across Europe

    The Licencing of FinTech Firms Across Europe

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets’ regulator, has published a report on the status of licencing regimes of FinTech firms across the European Union (EU).  The report is

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Bibby Financial Services Ireland and SBCI Launch New Trade Finance Product

    Bibby Financial Services Ireland and SBCI Launch New Trade Finance Product

A new Trade Finance product that allows businesses to buy, receive and sell goods before needing to pay for them has been unveiled by Bibby Financial Services Ireland, a leading

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Bibby Financial Services Ireland Opens Cork Office

    Bibby Financial Services Ireland Opens Cork Office

To facilitate an increase in business in the Munster region, Bibby Financial Services Ireland (BFSI), a leading provider of financial support and funding solutions to Irish SMEs, has opened its

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€21 Million PTSB Fine Will Adversely Impact Consumers

    €21 Million PTSB Fine Will Adversely Impact Consumers

The €21 million fine imposed by the Central Bank on Permanent TSB in respect of tracker mortgage failings is likely to hurt the company’s mortgage holders, other borrowers and savers

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New President For Brokers Ireland

    New President For Brokers Ireland

Brokers Ireland has appointed Duncan Duke (pictured) as President following its AGM held in Dublin. Duncan Duke is a founding member and Director of Inverdea Financial Services in Wicklow which won

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Carne Group Announces Significant Regional Expansion

    Carne Group Announces Significant Regional Expansion

Carne, the Irish-founded premier global provider of fund management company solutions to the asset management industry, has announced a significant expansion of its Irish operations, creating an additional 250 regional

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Network Ireland and AIB Extend Partnership

    Network Ireland and AIB Extend Partnership

Ireland’s leading female business organisation, Network Ireland, and AIB have agreed to extend their partnership. AIB has been the official national partners of Network Ireland since 2013. As part of

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Energia Group Agrees €44 Million Debt Finance Package For New Bioenergy Plant

    Energia Group Agrees €44 Million Debt Finance Package For New Bioenergy Plant

Energia Group, one of Ireland’s leading energy providers and infrastructure investors, has agreed a €44 million debt finance package with Allied Irish Bank plc for its bioenergy plant currently being completed

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Robots and Artificial Intellegence Discussed at ACCA Conference in Sligo

    Robots and Artificial Intellegence Discussed at ACCA Conference in Sligo

The role of robots and Artificial Intelligence in accountancy were among the discussions at the recent ACCA conference hosted by IT Sligo. The national conference gathered some of Ireland’s leading

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EU Foreign Investment Screening Regulation Enters into Force

    EU Foreign Investment Screening Regulation Enters into Force

The new EU framework for the screening of foreign direct investments is now in force. The framework will be instrumental in safeguarding Europe’s security and public order in relation to

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Dairygold Delivers a Satisfactory Financial Performance

    Dairygold Delivers a Satisfactory Financial Performance

Dairygold, the dairy co-operative, has announced that its annual turnover rose by €27.4 million to a record €992.9 million in its 2018 financial year. However, the extreme weather conditions experienced

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Government Launches €300 Million Future Growth Loan Scheme For SMEs and Farmers

    Government Launches €300 Million Future Growth Loan Scheme For SMEs and Farmers

The Government has launched the Future Growth Loan Scheme to allow for the roll out of €300 million in funding to

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HNH Creates 14 Financial Services Jobs in Export-focused Expansion

    HNH Creates 14 Financial Services Jobs in Export-focused Expansion

Belfast financial services company HNH is investing over £1.3 million to create 14 new jobs to help it capitalise on opportunities

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Diaceutics Floats on the London Stock Exchange

    Diaceutics Floats on the London Stock Exchange

Diaceutics, which has offices in Belfast and Dundalk, has floated on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange with

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New Financing Opportunities For Companies Following €30 Million EIB Backing For Galway Medtech Firm

    New Financing Opportunities For Companies Following €30 Million EIB Backing For Galway Medtech Firm

Future medical technology investment by Galway-based Aerogen will be supported by a €30 million loan agreed with the European Investment Bank

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BPFI Figures Point to a Growing Lost Generation

    BPFI Figures Point to a Growing Lost Generation

Commenting on latest Banking and Payments Federation Ireland Housing Market Monitor, Brokers Ireland said it reinforces what is known from

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Avantcard Announces 40 New Jobs For Carrick-on-Shannon and Dublin Offices

    Avantcard Announces 40 New Jobs For Carrick-on-Shannon and Dublin Offices

County Leitrim-based lender Avantcard has announced the creation of 40 new jobs at its headquarters in Carrick-on-Shannon and satellite office

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Changing Banking Culture in Ireland

    Changing Banking Culture in Ireland

The Irish Banking Culture Board (IBCB) Establishment Office has announced that Justice John Hedigan has been appointed to the role

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PropertyBridges.com Successfully Completes First Ever Peer to Peer Property Loan in Ireland

    PropertyBridges.com Successfully Completes First Ever Peer to Peer Property Loan in Ireland

Propertybridges.com, Ireland’s new peer to peer lender to the property development marketplace, has just successfully fulfilled its first loan. Over

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Vox Financial Identifies New Opportunities in Response to Brexit

    Vox Financial Identifies New Opportunities in Response to Brexit

FinTech consultancy Vox Financial Partners has developed new software that will improve efficiencies in the global financial services industry post

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HBAN Aims to Raise €10 Million From 50 Female Angels

    HBAN Aims to Raise €10 Million From 50 Female Angels

HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, and an initiative of Enterprise

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Public Consultation Opens on Irish Banking Culture Board

    Public Consultation Opens on Irish Banking Culture Board

A public consultation to inform the establishment of a new, independent Irish Banking Culture Board (IBCB) has opened. The Board

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Mazars Unveils New Galway Office

    Mazars Unveils New Galway Office

Leading audit, tax and advisory firm Mazars has officially opened its new Galway office and announced that it will create

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New Head of ACCA Ireland

    New Head of ACCA Ireland

Caitriona Allis (pictured) has been appointed as the new Head of ACCA Ireland (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). Caitriona

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Danske Bank to Create 67 New Jobs in Northern Ireland

    Danske Bank to Create 67 New Jobs in Northern Ireland

Danske Bank has chosen Londonderry as the location for a new Customer Protection Centre. The centre will create 67 new roles,

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UN Green Finance Network For Climate Change to Establish its European Hub in Dublin

    UN Green Finance Network For Climate Change to Establish its European Hub in Dublin

A major United Nations programme that encourages global financial centres to place sustainable and green finance at the heart of

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Call For Reduction in Stamp Duty For First-time Buyers

    Call For Reduction in Stamp Duty For First-time Buyers

A call for stamp duty to revert to 2pc to enable more aspiring first-time buyers acquire once off sites to

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DataStax Opens Office in Cork and Announces 30 New Jobs

    DataStax Opens Office in Cork and Announces 30 New Jobs

DataStax, powering the Right-Now Enterprise with the always-on, distributed cloud database built on Apache Cassandra™, has announced the opening of

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London-based Financial Services and IT Consultancy Chooses Belfast For New Development Centre

    London-based Financial Services and IT Consultancy Chooses Belfast For New Development Centre

McGinnis Consulting will be opening a new development centre in Belfast with the creation of 10 new jobs. McGinnis Consulting,

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Intertrust Ireland to Create up to 60 New Financial Services Roles

    Intertrust Ireland to Create up to 60 New Financial Services Roles

Intertrust Ireland has announced that continued growth and additional service offerings have resulted in an opportunity to create up to

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New Requirements Introduced to Provide Additional Transparency and Facilitate Mortgage Switching

    New Requirements Introduced to Provide Additional Transparency and Facilitate Mortgage Switching

Following a public consultation process, the Central Bank is introducing changes to the Consumer Protection Code 2012 to help consumers

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How to Make European Tech Companies Thrive

    How to Make European Tech Companies Thrive

An EU-wide database that pulls together all available information on financing for European tech companies; that is one of the

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European Commission Takes Action For a More Competitive and Innovative Financial Market

    European Commission Takes Action For a More Competitive and Innovative Financial Market

The European Commission has unveiled an Action Plan on how to harness the opportunities presented by technology-enabled innovation in financial

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Fine Grain Property acquires 60,000 square feet office development in Cork Airport Business Park

    Fine Grain Property acquires 60,000 square feet office development in Cork Airport Business Park

New Year, new acquisition! Fine Grain Property is delighted to announce it has acquired a 60,000 square feet office development

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Ireland Deepens its International Links in Developing Green Finance

    Ireland Deepens its International Links in Developing Green Finance

Ireland is represented in a major new international partnership to drive the global growth in green finance and sustainable investment,

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BPFI Mortgage Figures – Trend in Right Direction But Supply is Primary Impediment

    BPFI Mortgage Figures – Trend in Right Direction But Supply is Primary Impediment

The latest Banking and Payments Federation Ireland figures showing very steady improvement in mortgage lending is to be welcomed but

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Record Year For Kingspan

    Record Year For Kingspan

Kingspan, the global leader in high performance insulation and building envelope solutions, has reported its preliminary results for the year

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Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Introduced

    Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Introduced

The Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan, a new Government-backed mortgage for first-time buyers, will be available nationwide from local authorities from

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Approval For Irish Support Scheme For SMEs

    Approval For Irish Support Scheme For SMEs

The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules an Irish scheme to reduce the taxation of employee share

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Ornua Signs New €610 Million Bank Facility to Support Continued Dairy Industry Growth

    Ornua Signs New €610 Million Bank Facility to Support Continued Dairy Industry Growth

Ornua, the largest exporter of primary Irish dairy products with annualised sales of about €2 billion across 110 countries, has

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Largest Ever European Investment Bank Support in Ireland

    Largest Ever European Investment Bank Support in Ireland

The European Investment Bank is to provide a loan of €490 million to support construction of the new children’s hospital

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EIF and SBCI Triple New Financing For Irish SMEs to €330 Million

    EIF and SBCI Triple New Financing For Irish SMEs to €330 Million

The European Investment Fund (part of the EIB Group) and the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) have tripled their

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EIB Backs Re-development of Limerick and Confirms New Irish Urban Investment Plans

    EIB Backs Re-development of Limerick and Confirms New Irish Urban Investment Plans

Limerick’s economic resurgence has taken another giant step forward as the European Investment Bank (EIB) confirmed a record commitment for

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HBAN to Boost Angel Investment to €25 Million Per Year By 2020

    HBAN to Boost Angel Investment to €25 Million Per Year By 2020

HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island group responsible for the promotion of business angel investment in Ireland, plans to increase

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ProVision Secures a €1,000,000 Investment From Suir Valley Ventures

    ProVision Secures a €1,000,000 Investment From Suir Valley Ventures

Suir Valley Ventures, the entrepreneur-led venture capital fund, launched in February 2017, has, together with private investors, invested a combined

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FEXCO Expands Further in the UK

    FEXCO Expands Further in the UK

FEXCO, one of Ireland’s most successful multinational financial services companies is about to complete its latest acquisition in the UK.

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