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New EU Circular Economy Action Plan Shows the way to a Climate-neutral, Competitive Economy of Empowered Consumers

    New EU Circular Economy Action Plan Shows the way to a Climate-neutral, Competitive Economy of Empowered Consumers

The European Commission has adopted the EU’s new Circular Economy Action Plan. It is one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal and aims to make the EU economy

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National Construction Summit – 24th March 2020 – The National Arena, Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin

    National Construction Summit – 24th March 2020 – The National Arena, Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin

The annual National Construction Summit is being held on Tuesday, 24th March 2020 at a new venue – the National Arena, Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin. Incorporating a number of

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Shaping Europe’s Digital Future – European Commission Presents Strategies for Data and Artificial Intelligence

    Shaping Europe’s Digital Future – European Commission Presents Strategies for Data and Artificial Intelligence

The European Commission has unveiled its ideas and actions for a digital transformation that works for all, reflecting the best of Europe: open, fair, diverse, democratic and confident. It presents a European

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New Rules to Boost Consumer Protection Enter into Force

    New Rules to Boost Consumer Protection Enter into Force

The European Commission has welcomed the entry into force of new EU rules for consumer protection, as part of the New Deal for Consumers. They aim to better enforce and modernise the

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New Round of Tariff Suspension/Quota Schemes

    New Round of Tariff Suspension/Quota Schemes

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has announced a new round of the tariff suspension/quota schemes and is calling for applications from manufacturers in the chemicals, microelectronic and related

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Driving Productivity Key to Competitiveness and Sustainable Growth

    Driving Productivity Key to Competitiveness and Sustainable Growth

The NCC (National Competitiveness Council) has launched Ireland’s Competitiveness Challenge 2019 report. Building on the Council’s previous reports, the Competitiveness Challenge 2019 notes that while Ireland is a competitive economy, there is still room

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New Brexit Business Survey – SMEs Urged to Ramp Up Preparations

    New Brexit Business Survey – SMEs Urged to Ramp Up Preparations

The Department for Business, Enterprise and Innovation has published the findings of a new Brexit survey. The Behaviour & Attitudes survey of 1,016 SMEs was conducted between September and October

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British Irish Chamber of Commerce Reacts to Outcome of UK General Election

    British Irish Chamber of Commerce Reacts to Outcome of UK General Election

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce has congratulated UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson on his election win and urged elected MPs to work together in defining the UK’s future relationship

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Textiles – The EU’s Fourth Largest Cause of Environmental Pressures After Food, Housing, Transport

    Textiles – The EU’s Fourth Largest Cause of Environmental Pressures After Food, Housing, Transport

Consumption of clothing, footwear and household textiles in the European Union (EU) uses annually about 1.3 tonnes of raw materials and more than 100 cubic metres of water per person,

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EU-Singapore Trade Agreement Now in Force

    EU-Singapore Trade Agreement Now in Force

The EU-Singapore trade agreement has come into force. Singapore is by far the EU’s largest trading partner in the Southeast Asian region, with a total bilateral trade in goods of

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The Irish Heart Foundation Launches Ground-breaking Childhood Obesity Manifesto

    The Irish Heart Foundation Launches Ground-breaking Childhood Obesity Manifesto

Obesity “represents the greatest single threat to the health and wellbeing of children in Ireland today and drastic action is needed to protect them.” This is the main message of

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Landmark Agreement to Protect 100 European Geographical Indications in China

    Landmark Agreement to Protect 100 European Geographical Indications in China

The EU and China have concluded the negotiations on a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (GI) in China and 100 Chinese GI in the EU. Delivering on the commitment made at the last

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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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ASAI Issues New Guidelines For Advertising Mobile Phone and Broadband Services

    ASAI Issues New Guidelines For Advertising Mobile Phone and Broadband Services

The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI), the independent self-regulatory body committed to promoting the highest standards of marketing communications in Ireland, has introduced new guidelines relating to the advertising

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Sustainable Apartment Living For Ireland

    Sustainable Apartment Living For Ireland

A new report on sustainable apartment living in Ireland was launched by the Housing Agency and Clúid Housing. Amongst some of the reports findings and research were that apartment living

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CCPC Asked to Undertake a Study of the Public Liability Insurance Market

    CCPC Asked to Undertake a Study of the Public Liability Insurance Market

The Government has requested the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) to undertake a study into the public liability insurance market. Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD made

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Legal Protection For Irish Whiskey in South Africa

    Legal Protection For Irish Whiskey in South Africa

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has successfully registered Irish whiskey as a certification mark in South Africa, the seventh largest market for Irish whiskey in terms of volume. This registration

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New Government Initiative to Help Customs Capacity Post-Brexit

    New Government Initiative to Help Customs Capacity Post-Brexit

The Irish Government, in association with key industry partners, has launched a new support measure to help customs agents, intermediaries and affected Irish businesses develop the capacity to deal with

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Extend the Strategic Housing Development Scheme – Ibec

    Extend the Strategic Housing Development Scheme – Ibec

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has called for the extension of the Strategic Housing Development scheme. Aidan Sweeney, Ibec Senior Public Sector and Regulatory Executive, said: “Housing is a critical part

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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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Climate Action Plan Launched

    Climate Action Plan Launched

The Government has published the Climate Action Plan, designed to give Irish people a cleaner, safer and more sustainable future. The far-reaching plan sets out over 180 actions, together with hundreds

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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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Investigation into Insurance Ireland Data Pooling System

    Investigation into Insurance Ireland Data Pooling System

The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Insurance Ireland to assess whether the conditions of access to its Insurance Link data pooling system may restrict competition, in

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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

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Global Blockchain Association Launched

    Global Blockchain Association Launched

A new international association – International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) – has been launched with the aim of encouraging

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EU Commission Confirms Irish Whiskey’s Status as a Geographical Indication

    EU Commission Confirms Irish Whiskey’s Status as a Geographical Indication

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has welcomed the official announcement by the European Commission that Irish whiskey’s status as a

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Paradyn and BT Ireland’s €1.2 Million Cloud Connectivity Deal

    Paradyn and BT Ireland’s €1.2 Million Cloud Connectivity Deal

Paradyn, Ireland’s only end-to-end IT and communications service provider, has announced a €1.2 million cloud connectivity deal with BT Ireland.

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Irish Whiskey Awarded Legal Protection in Australia For the First Time

    Irish Whiskey Awarded Legal Protection in Australia For the First Time

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has successfully registered ‘Irish whiskey’ as a certification mark in Australia. This registration provides legal

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EU and Japan Create the World’s Largest Open Trade Zone

    EU and Japan Create the World’s Largest Open Trade Zone

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan came into force on 1 February 2019. Businesses and consumers

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CRU Proposals to Facilitate Greater Integration of Renewable Natural Gas

    CRU Proposals to Facilitate Greater Integration of Renewable Natural Gas

The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) is supporting the introduction of renewable natural gas to the Irish transmission network

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Fire Science Firm Efectis Establishes Testing Centre in Northern Ireland

    Fire Science Firm Efectis Establishes Testing Centre in Northern Ireland

Efectis is establishing a new business in Northern Ireland, offering fire testing services to UK and Ireland based manufacturing businesses who

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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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ISME Expresses Concern With Lowest Price Bid Tendering

    ISME Expresses Concern With Lowest Price Bid Tendering

Following the award of school building contracts to Western Building Services after fire defects had been identified, ISME, the Irish SME

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Proposed EU Legislation Poses Imminent Threat to Irish Economic Model

    Proposed EU Legislation Poses Imminent Threat to Irish Economic Model

One of the central pillars of Ireland’s economic model is under considerable threat with the re-issuing of Common Consolidated Corporate

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Irish Public Policy Must Change to Reflect Rapid Digitalisation

    Irish Public Policy Must Change to Reflect Rapid Digitalisation

Government must urgently address the needs of the labour market, if Ireland is to stay apace with the rapid digitalisation

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Saint-Gobain Launches Nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) Training Courses For Irish Construction Professionals

    Saint-Gobain Launches Nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) Training Courses For Irish Construction Professionals

The Saint-Gobain Ireland Technical Academy has announced that it is adding to its existing training portfolio by launching a series of

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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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Only 5% of Companies Claim to be Ready For GDPR

    Only 5% of Companies Claim to be Ready For GDPR

Research conducted by the BSI Group has underlined the growing concern that European businesses are simply not ready for the General

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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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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

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European Commission Takes Ireland Back to Court and Proposes Fines

    European Commission Takes Ireland Back to Court and Proposes Fines

The European Commission is taking Ireland back to the Court of Justice of the EU for its failure to comply with part

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