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Irish Supermarkets Benefit From the Christmas Spirit

    Irish Supermarkets Benefit From the Christmas Spirit

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 31 December 2017, reveal that shoppers spent an extra €90 million on groceries over the festive period.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Over the Christmas period the average household spent a record €1,532 on groceries – an increase of […]

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Insight Centre for Data Analytics at UCD Announces New €4 Million AI Research Project

    Insight Centre for Data Analytics at UCD Announces New €4 Million AI Research Project

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics at University College Dublin (UCD), has announced the launch of a new and collaborative €4 million artificial intelligence (AI) research project with Samsung Electronics, the multinational electronics company headquartered in South Korea. The Insight Centre for Data Analytics is a joint initiative between researchers at UCD, NUI Galway, UCC, DCU, and other […]

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Planning Regulations and Planning Process Delays Impacting on Irish Commercial Real Estate Sector

    Planning Regulations and Planning Process Delays Impacting on Irish Commercial Real Estate Sector

The latest Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Sentiment Tracker from Origin Capital, completed by 180 industry professionals, identified industry concerns about the current planning regulations and processes in Ireland and the recent increase in commercial property stamp duty as being among the risks faced within the sector.
Findings on CRE in Ireland generally:

84% believed that planning regulations […]

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Four Key European Consumer Trends For 2018

    Four Key European Consumer Trends For 2018

Mintel has revealed the key consumer trends set to impact Europe in 2018. Over the coming year:

Consumers will take to the seas to reel in recycling as a new wave of marine conservation emerges.

Digital disclosure legislation and hacks will see Europeans safeguard their data – and ask more for sharing it.

Expect to see teenage kicks […]

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Mintel Announces Five Global Packaging Trends For 2018

    Mintel Announces Five Global Packaging Trends For 2018

Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has announced five trends set to impact the global packaging industry over the coming year.
In 2018:

Packaging will play a pivotal role in reducing global food and product waste.
Online brands will reinvigorate their packaging in order to enhance the e-commerce experience.
Brands who adopt clear and succinct package messaging will be […]

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Dunnes Stores Retains Top Spot in Irish Grocery Market

    Dunnes Stores Retains Top Spot in Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 3 December 2017, reveal that Dunnes Stores remains Ireland’s largest supermarket in the run up to the festive period.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Dunnes Stores has always performed strongly in the countdown to Christmas and this year is […]

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Festive Cost to Irish Businesses Revealed

    Festive Cost to Irish Businesses Revealed

Time and money spent on Christmas parties, personal presents and colleagues’ Secret Santa gifts whilst at work is costing Irish office-based businesses a cool €491 million, according to new research. The “bah humbug” study from leading online job board CV-Library found that organised festive fun, a.k.a. the Office Christmas Party, takes up 62 minutes of the working day […]

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Medi-Shower Invests in Innovation to Drive Export Growth

    Medi-Shower Invests in Innovation to Drive Export Growth

Multi-award-winning manufacturer Medi-Shower has created ‘smart showerhead’ technology which can reduce the risk of Legionnaires disease.
The cutting edge product, developed with R&D support from Invest Northern Ireland is designed to meet the high requirements for hygiene within the healthcare sector. It reduces the risk of waterborne infection from bacteria that can build up due to poor design […]

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Greater Skill Utilisation and Skilled Migration Needed to Boost Productivity in Ireland

    Greater Skill Utilisation and Skilled Migration Needed to Boost Productivity in Ireland

New research published by the ESRI finds that greater skill utilisation and skilled migration are required to support a productive and competitive economy. The research examines the difference between the skills possessed by employees and those required to do their job. The report also explores sources of future skilled labour supply, including Ireland’s ability to attract […]

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Packaging Waste From Online Retailers Growing By 28% Per Year

    Packaging Waste From Online Retailers Growing By 28% Per Year

The amount of packaging waste material being generated in Ireland from online shopping outside the State is growing by 28% per annum and is now over 7,000 tonnes of waste per year. Yet online retailers from outside the state, such as Amazon and others are using a loop hole in the law to avoid not spending […]

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New Precision Medicine Centre of Excellence Will Improve Patient Treatment

    New Precision Medicine Centre of Excellence Will Improve Patient Treatment

A £10 million Centre of Excellence in Precision Medicine has been launched by Invest Northern Ireland and Queen’s University Belfast. The Centre of Excellence in Precision Medicine will develop an internationally accredited laboratory focusing on diagnostics which can be used to predict a cancer patients’ response to treatment. This will allow potentially costly drugs to […]

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Irish Craft Beer Sustaining Growth

    Irish Craft Beer Sustaining Growth

A new Bord Bia report has revealed that Irish craft beer is performing well across all fronts, from the number of production facilities to production output, market share and exports. The number of craft breweries in Ireland has grown by more than 500% in the last 5 years, with 72 now in operation, up from […]

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Total Lifetime Cost of Childhood Overweight and Obesity in Ireland Estimated at €7.2 Billion

    Total Lifetime Cost of Childhood Overweight and Obesity in Ireland Estimated at €7.2 Billion

New safefood funded research into the cost of childhood overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland has estimated the total lifetime cost to be €7.2 billion (€4.6 billion in the Republic of Ireland; £2.1 billion in Northern Ireland). The study¹, led by University College Cork (UCC) and involving leading academic institutions and multidisciplinary research […]

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Dunnes Reclaims Top Spot in Irish Grocery Market

    Dunnes Reclaims Top Spot in Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 5 November 2017, reveal that Dunnes Stores has returned to the top spot for the first time in nine months, capturing a 22.4% share of the market.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Dunnes Stores traditionally posts a strong performance towards […]

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Value of Irish Foodservice Market Rises to Reach Record €7.8 Billion in 2017

    Value of Irish Foodservice Market Rises to Reach Record €7.8 Billion in 2017

Bord Bia released the findings of its 2017 Irish Foodservice Channel Insights Report in advance of its annual foodservice seminar which took place in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. The report shows that Ireland’s foodservice market continues to grow and is now valued at a record €7.8 billion, comprising over 33,000 individual outlets. The foodservice market […]

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AYLIEN to Invest €2 Million

    AYLIEN to Invest €2 Million

Deep Learning and advanced Natural Language Processing are the core technologies at AYLIEN, a start-up that has announced new investment totaling €2 million ($2.35 million) and the creation of 70 jobs. The investment round has been led by the Atlantic Bridge University Fund, which invests in companies built from world-class research, along with existing investors SOSV […]

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Zeeko Secures €100,000 in Funding to Launch New Research Project on Virtual Reality and Children’s Health

    Zeeko Secures €100,000 in Funding to Launch New Research Project on Virtual Reality and Children’s Health

Zeeko, an Irish EdTech start-up, has secured just over €100,000 in funding through the Horizon 2020 SME Innovation Associate Programme. The company is using the funding to launch a new research project, initially involving school children in Ireland, to evaluate the side effects of virtual reality (VR) technology on children’s health.
Zeeko, which was founded in […]

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European Commission to Invest €30 Billion in Research and Innovation Over Next 3 Years

    European Commission to Invest €30 Billion in Research and Innovation Over Next 3 Years

The European Commission has announced how it will spend €30 billion of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European Innovation Council. Horizon 2020, the EU’s €77 billion research and innovation funding programme, supports scientific excellence in Europe and has contributed to high-profile scientific breakthroughs […]

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SuperValu and Tesco Tied For Top Spot in Irish Grocery Market

    SuperValu and Tesco Tied For Top Spot in Irish Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland, for the 12 weeks ending 8 October 2017, reveal that SuperValu and Tesco are neck and neck in the race to be Ireland’s largest supermarket – both with a 22.0% share of the market.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel.
David Berry, director at Kantar Worldpanel, […]

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Most Irish Consumers Not in Favour of Alcohol Bill

    Most Irish Consumers Not in Favour of Alcohol Bill

A majority of Irish consumers do not think the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill should be introduced in its current form, according to a new poll from Independent Research Agency, iReach. The poll, commissioned by the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), found that Irish consumers are not in favour of a number of measures proposed […]

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Irish Women More Likely to Have a Third-level Qualification Than Men

    Irish Women More Likely to Have a Third-level Qualification Than Men

The Central Statistics Office has published ‘Women and Men in Ireland 2016′ which presents over 70 indicators that identify important gender differences in the activities of men and women and also presents the situation in Ireland in an international context.
Statistician Helen Cahill comments: “More girls than boys sat higher level papers in the Leaving Certificate […]

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The Future is FeMale

    The Future is FeMale

An international study of global attitudes towards gender biases and roles has revealed that almost half of both men and women believe the world would be a better place if more women held positions of power. However, the study, carried out by Havas Creative in partnership with Market Probe International, revealed that globally, only 24% […]

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Ireland Signs Earth Observation Agreement With the European Space Agency

    Ireland Signs Earth Observation Agreement With the European Space Agency

Enterprise Ireland has signed a Technical Collaborative Arrangement with the European Space Agency. This Arrangement will provide the State with unprecedented access to the Copernicus Programme’s near-real time earth observation information. The data will be stored locally for research, commercial development and policy informing purposes. Enterprise Ireland co-ordinates Ireland’s industrial and research participation in ESA […]

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Launch of €6.7 Million Climate Change Research Initiative Led by University College Dublin

    Launch of €6.7 Million Climate Change Research Initiative Led by University College Dublin

The Government has officially launched the 5-year Acclimatize project (www.acclimatize.eu/), a new €6.7 million climate change research initiative, with Professor Andrew J. Deeks, President, University College Dublin (UCD). The project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Programme 2014-2020.
The overall objective of the project, led by UCD in partnership with […]

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Funding For SFI FutureMilk Centre Welcomed by Teagasc

    Funding For SFI FutureMilk Centre Welcomed by Teagasc

The Government has announced funding for the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) FutureMilk Centre, bringing to 17 the total number of funded SFI research centres. The FutureMilk Centre will be hosted by Teagasc, in partnership with the Tyndall National Institute, Ireland’s national microelectronics institute, the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology […]

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Departments launch Co-Innovate programme

    Departments launch Co-Innovate programme

The Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, has launched the Co-Innovate programme in Monaghan, along with Permanent Secretary of the Department for the Economy, Dr Andrew McCormick.
Co-Innovate aims to increase the numbers of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) involved in research and innovation across the border region of Ireland (Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, […]

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Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will slash advertising revenue to Irish media by €20m

    Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will slash advertising revenue to Irish media by €20m

Economist Jim Power has published a report entitled ‘The Potential Impact on Irish Media of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015’, which was commissioned by media owners. The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 seeks to introduce widespread restrictions to the advertising of alcohol in Ireland. This includes restrictions on the content of advertisements and advertising […]

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SuperValu still on top

    SuperValu still on top

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland show the highest market growth since January 2017. The latest figures reflect the impact of Easter on consumers and retailers alike, with the holiday falling outside of the comparable time period in 2016.
Price deflation, which has held steady at -0.2%, has been offset by […]

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Success of Horizon 2020 showcased in Brussels

    Success of Horizon 2020 showcased in Brussels

Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland, on behalf of Ireland’s national support team for Horizon 2020, hosted a breakfast meeting this week for Irish research leaders in Brussels ahead of the European Commission’s conference “Research & Innovation – shaping our future”.
This event was an opportunity to highlight the success to-date of Ireland’s participation by researchers […]

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Recognising the achievements of Ireland’s Champions of EU Research

    Recognising the achievements of Ireland’s Champions of EU Research

Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan and Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland presented outstanding achievement awards to academic researchers, companies and research organisations that have reached the pinnacle of European research at the ‘Ireland’s Champions of EU Research’ event which took place on the 28th of June.
Sixteen individuals […]

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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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Just 29% of Irish people believe schools are providing necessary digital skills

    Just 29% of Irish people believe schools are providing necessary digital skills

A survey commissioned by Ricoh Ireland has found that just 29% of Irish people believe schools are equipping children with the necessary skills for the digital era. It also revealed that only a third of respondents feel that Irish schools have access to the range of modern technologies that will help students to become digitally […]

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Pitney Bowes invests in Dublin creating 100 jobs

    Pitney Bowes invests in Dublin creating 100 jobs

Pitney Bowes has announced plans to open a new operations centre in Dublin that will house a three-year multi-million euro R&D project focused on developing a next generation e-commerce and payments platform for global brands.
The new operations centre will comprise a Client Support Centre and Research & Design Centre, creating approximately 100 new jobs for […]

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Manufacturing Technology Centre to create 40 hi-tech jobs in 2017

    Manufacturing Technology Centre to create 40 hi-tech jobs in 2017

Irish Manufacturing Research, Ireland’s first Independent, industry driven, research and technology organisation has opened with the creation of 40 jobs. The Centre specialises in advanced manufacturing technologies and the positions will be high tech research roles in the areas of Industry 4.0, Collaborative Robotics, Industrial IoT, Data Analytics, Energy Efficiency, Additive Manufacturing/3D printing, Design Thinking […]

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156K cancer patients could miss out on life-saving drugs every year in US and Europe

    156K cancer patients could miss out on life-saving drugs every year in US and Europe

Irish medtech company Diaceutics has announced research results showing that more than 156,000 cancer patients in the US and Europe could be missing out on targeted life-saving drugs every year due to suboptimal diagnostic testing – therefore potentially affecting their chances of survival. The company has also found that substandard testing practices are causing pharmaceutical […]

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Businesses, public bodies encouraged to enter SEAI Awards

    Businesses, public bodies encouraged to enter SEAI Awards

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has started the search for sustainable energy leaders as it launched its 14th annual energy awards, the longest running energy leadership awards in the country. The SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards recognise and reward excellence in energy efficiency and renewable energy and are open to organisations, businesses or communities […]

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SFI to invest €72 million in new Research Centres

    SFI to invest €72 million in new Research Centres

Science Foundation Ireland has announced it will invest €72 million over the next six years in four new world-class SFI Research Centres in Ireland. The new SFI Research Centres will be supported by 80 industry partners who will provide an additional €38 million to support cutting-edge basic and applied research with strong industry engagement, economic […]

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DCU Showcase gives companies opportunities to engage with research experts

    DCU Showcase gives companies opportunities to engage with research experts

For companies interested in innovation through R&D, the DCU Business Matchmaker and Research Showcase 2017 gives firms the opportunity to meet face-to-face with experts who are actively engaged in research that has applications across many industry sectors. The event, being held on the 11th of May in The Helix, DCU gives companies the chance to […]

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Cork County Council & Cork Smart Gateway launch Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Challenge

    Cork County Council & Cork Smart Gateway launch Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Challenge

Cork County Council together with the Cork Smart Gateway initiative and the Age Friendly Alliance have launched the €80k Small Business Research and Innovation (SBIR) Challenge with Enterprise Ireland.
Through this challenge call, Cork County Council wants to explore low cost, innovative and accessible solutions that will help all of its older citizens to maintain a […]

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Economic growth outlook impressive despite Brexit effects

    Economic growth outlook impressive despite Brexit effects

Ibec’s new Q1 Quarterly Economic Outlook forecasts growth of 3.1% for 2017 and 2.8% in 2018. Strong improvements in consumer spending and investment are the key drivers behind this growth, but Brexit related trading challenges will weaken export growth.

Ibec’s Director of Policy and Public Affairs Fergal O’Brien stated: “The Irish economy is now in a […]

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60% of Irish project management leaders fear skills shortage ahead of Brexit

    60% of Irish project management leaders fear skills shortage ahead of Brexit

Project management (PM) leaders fear a Brexit skills shortage, according to a survey by the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI). The findings on the potential implications of Brexit for Ireland revealed 60% of those surveyed said there are not enough experienced Irish project and programme managers to fulfil the country’s PM needs.
Concern for […]

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New ESRI research examines sensitivity of income tax and USC revenues to changes in income

    New ESRI research examines sensitivity of income tax and USC revenues to changes in income

Income tax (including USC) is the largest individual source of tax revenue in Ireland, accounting for over 35% of the total. According to the ESRI, fluctuations in this source of revenue have a significant bearing on the total tax revenue.
Research from the Institute has found that income tax revenue automatically increases by 2% for every […]

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Irish researcher leads €4.9m project to halve CO2 footprint of carbon fibre production

    Irish researcher leads €4.9m project to halve CO2 footprint of carbon fibre production

Researchers from across Europe, led by University of Limerick (UL), have begun a project to produce carbon fibre from forestry by-products.
Carbon fibre is a reinforcement which when added to plastic improves its mechanical properties, thereby forming a composite material. Composites are used in many products including automotive parts and wind-turbine blades. However, carbon fibre is […]

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