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European Commission Refers Ireland to Court

    European Commission Refers Ireland to Court

The European Commission has decided to refer Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to recover from Apple illegal State aid worth up to €13 billion, as required by a Commission decision. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, says: “Ireland has to recover up to 13 billion euros in illegal State aid […]

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Poll reveals confidence ahead of PwC/Business to Arts CEO Forum

    Poll reveals confidence ahead of PwC/Business to Arts CEO Forum

A new joint PwC/Business to Arts poll has revealed that confidence is high in Ireland’s arts and business community. The poll, carried out amongst the Business to Arts community, aims to benchmark digital opportunities and challenges in the sector.
The poll reveals that although there are plans for high levels of digital investment, there is scope for […]

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New part-time Fintech Programme for financial services professionals launched

    New part-time Fintech Programme for financial services professionals launched

NDRC, the investor in young digital companies, in partnership with Bank of Ireland, is launching a new early-stage, part-time fintech programme for professionals in the financial services sector.
With the sector attracting record levels of investment in Europe and the US, and growing here at a rapid rate, the potential for Irish startups to create transformative […]

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56% of higher education institutions will struggle to meet recruitment targets due to visa/travel restrictions

    56% of higher education institutions will struggle to meet recruitment targets due to visa/travel restrictions

TERMINALFOUR, the digital marketing and web content management platform for higher education, has announced the results of its 2017 ‘Global Higher Education Survey’. The results highlight significant concerns among higher education institutions about student recruitment targets due to proposed visa/travel restrictions. In a survey of 391 higher education professionals from 333 unique higher education institutions, […]

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BioExel Accelerator Programme launches at NUI Galway

    BioExel Accelerator Programme launches at NUI Galway

The BioExel Accelerator at NUI Galway, supported by Enterprise Ireland, has been launched to further enhance the medical technology sector start-up ecosystem within Ireland and attract global talent to the Galway region. Other partnership sponsors for this Enterprise Ireland supported Accelerator are the Western Development Commission, the Galway University Foundation and the Bank of Ireland […]

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Only one in four Cork firms confident of meeting the deadline for GDPR compliance

    Only one in four Cork firms confident of meeting the deadline for GDPR compliance

Alarm bells should be ringing on data protection, according to the results of a new survey conducted by Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) at Cork Chamber and it@cork. Local firms were asked about their preparedness for the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018.
EEN at Cork Chamber and it@cork are this […]

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Tandem HR Solutions attracts €2m in Seed Funding, creating 40 new jobs

    Tandem HR Solutions attracts €2m in Seed Funding, creating 40 new jobs

Tandem HR Solutions, the Irish company which has developed a powerful new HR Tech solution to help organisations re-shape how employee performance is managed through driving enhanced coaching and feedback practices, has attracted €2m in seed funding from investors led by Frontline Ventures, along with ACT Venture Capital, Enterprise Ireland and angel investors.
The €2m investment […]

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Average Irish business to spend €455K on digital transformation in next 12 months

    Average Irish business to spend €455K on digital transformation in next 12 months

Comtrade Digital Services, the leading software engineering services and solutions provider, has announced the results of a survey, which found that the average Irish business will spend €455,000 on digital transformation projects over the next 12 months. The independent survey of 133 Irish IT decision-makers also found that 62% of businesses that have started their […]

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Ireland’s most innovative Agri-Tech Products named

    Ireland’s most innovative Agri-Tech Products named

From a solar powered water pumping system to a water treatment machine that reduces the need for antibiotics in poultry flocks, the most innovative Irish agri-tech products were named this week by An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald as she presented the 2017 Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards at the […]

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Official opening of LinkedIn’s EMEA HQ as company continues to grow in Dublin

    Official opening of LinkedIn’s EMEA HQ as company continues to grow in Dublin

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald officially opened LinkedIn’s new 17,650 sq m Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) HQ at Wilton Place in Dublin yesterday. The new building is the first that LinkedIn has built outside the USA and is the result of an €85 million investment. The development was undertaken in order […]

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23% of Irish companies would be forced to cease trading if found liable to GDPR fines – DataSolutions survey

    23% of Irish companies would be forced to cease trading if found liable to GDPR fines – DataSolutions survey

Almost one quarter (23%) of Irish organisations would be forced to close if they were found to be liable to fines under impending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation, according to the results of a commissioned by specialist IT solutions distributor DataSolutions. The survey was carried out among more than 100 senior IT decision makers […]

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Minister Breen leads delegation to largest animal production show in France

    Minister Breen leads delegation to largest animal production show in France

Pat Breen, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection led an Enterprise Ireland trade visit to SPACE (Salon des Productions Animales – Carrefour Europeen) tradeshow, the largest animal production show this week.
The trade visit focused on promoting the innovation capabilities of Irish agri-tech companies in areas including connected […]

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Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways Innovation in Construction Conference

    Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways Innovation in Construction Conference

60 companies from across the construction sector attended the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways Innovation in Construction conference in Dublin this week. The event focused on the importance of innovation in this pre-Brexit era.
The conference brought together two clusters of Technology Gateways – A-IoT* and EMD Ireland**, providing specialised presentations and industry case studies from Technology Gateways involved […]

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Automated Intelligence raises £1.5m investment

    Automated Intelligence raises £1.5m investment

Automated Intelligence (AI) has announced it has raised £1.5 million investment. The investment comprises of £1m from The Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Growth Fund (NI), with the remainder provided by an existing private investor.
Currently employing 65 people, this round of funding will enable AI to expand into new geographical markets, building upon the success […]

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New South East Regional Ibec President appointed

    New South East Regional Ibec President appointed

The Ibec South East Regional Executive Committee (REC), the group that represents business in the South East region, has appointed the President of the Institute of Technology Carlow, Dr Patricia Mulcahy, as the new Ibec South East Regional President.
Speaking following the appointment, Ibec South East Regional Director John Farrell said: “I want to congratulate Dr […]

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Comtrade Digital Services helps airlines and banks target millennials with chatbot

    Comtrade Digital Services helps airlines and banks target millennials with chatbot

Software engineering services and solutions provider, Comtrade Digital Services, has announced that it has developed a flexible chatbot platform, Assisto. The platform, currently being used by airlines and banks, can securely process payments and requests via instant messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Viber.
The software platform was developed by a team of Comtrade […]

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Pure Telecom and open eir agree €35M infrastructure deal

    Pure Telecom and open eir agree €35M infrastructure deal

 Pure Telecom has announced that it has signed a €35 million deal with wholesale telecoms provider open eir. The two-year agreement allows Pure Telecom to offer almost two million potential customers high-speed broadband and phone services via open eir’s nationwide open access network.
As open eir rolls out high-speed fibre broadband across Ireland, the agreement will help […]

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47% of Irish businesses don’t engage with quality assurance from product conception

    47% of Irish businesses don’t engage with quality assurance from product conception

Comtrade Digital Services has announced the results of a survey which has found that 47% of Irish businesses that develop software don’t engage with testers or quality assurance from conception of a product. The independent survey of 133 IT decision-makers in Irish-based medium to large enterprises also found that one-in-five only bring testers or quality assurance […]

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EMR selected by Irish Water to upgrade telemetry networks in €1m deal

    EMR selected by Irish Water to upgrade telemetry networks in €1m deal

SCADA network and mobile telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions has announced it has been selected by Irish Water to upgrade its telemetry networks in Waterford and Leitrim, in a deal valued in excess of €1m.
The upgrade plays a significant role in the battle against ‘unaccounted for water’, giving Irish Water greater monitoring capability and control […]

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Minister Breen opens ‘Ireland – Estonia Tech Bridge’ event hosted by Enterprise Ireland

    Minister Breen opens ‘Ireland – Estonia Tech Bridge’ event hosted by Enterprise Ireland

Pat Breen, Minister of Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection opened the Ireland-Estonia Tech Bridge event in Enterprise Ireland this week.
The event is taking place at the beginning of the Estonian delegation’s two-day visit led by Estonian Deputy Secretary General for Communications and State Information Systems Simm Sikkut and Estonian tech […]

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Global medtech market to be worth €475bn by 2018

    Global medtech market to be worth €475bn by 2018

Ireland must seize the opportunities being created by the continued growth in the global medtech market, expected to be worth €475 billion next year. That will be the key message from more than 30 leading medtech professionals, including CEOs, Fortune 500 business leaders and international experts, at “Medtech Rising: The Irish Medtech CEO Conference taking […]

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Irish SME develops app to help students connect with colleges

    Irish SME develops app to help students connect with colleges

Irish start-up StudyBundles has developed an app that helps CAO applicants connect with third-level institutions while they are deciding which college to attend. The CampusConnect app benefits students as they become immersed in college life before they step foot on campus, making the transition easier. For colleges and universities it helps them to convert student […]

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Lack and cost of accommodation biggest problem for tech firms

    Lack and cost of accommodation biggest problem for tech firms

While staff retention was the primary difficulty for Digital and Technology companies in 2016, this has become secondary to the fastest emerging problem in 2017 – the lack and the cost of accommodation. According to the latest market analysis and salary survey by recruitment group Prosperity, the enduring reality is that the Digital and Tech […]

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Food companies encouraged to ‘Think Digital’

    Food companies encouraged to ‘Think Digital’

Bord Bia has announced a partnership with the Digital Marketing Institute to offer Irish food and drink companies an opportunity to grow and develop their online presence with a view to increasing brand awareness and sales. ‘Think Digital’ is a 6-month digital marketing programme available to all Irish food and drink companies designed specifically to address […]

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OSi and CSO launch new Census website on Esri Ireland’s digital mapping platform

    OSi and CSO launch new Census website on Esri Ireland’s digital mapping platform

Geographic information services company, Esri Ireland, has announced that Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) and the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have launched a new website on its ArcGIS Open Data digital mapping platform. The new website, available at http://census2016.geohive.ie/, presents data gathered during Census 2016 in a clear and legible way and aims to make geographical and […]

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Needham Coding Ireland to show own brand ‘N’ Series continuous ink jet printers for first time

    Needham Coding Ireland to show own brand ‘N’ Series continuous ink jet printers for first time

Newly established business, Co Westmeath-based Needham Coding Ireland Limited, which was formed following a merger between The Needham Group and long-standing Irish distributor, Advanced Coding Solutions (ACS), will be highlighting a wide range of continuous ink jet (CIJ), thermal ink jet (TIJ) and laser coding and marking equipment and associated printer inks and makeup at […]

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Irish Medtech Awards launched amid strong industry growth

    Irish Medtech Awards launched amid strong industry growth

Strong growth within the medtech industry is driving further investment and job creation. That’s according to a new survey published by the Irish Medtech Association, the Ibec group that represents the sector, to mark the launch of the Irish Medtech Awards which are jointly hosted with Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.
The results of the Medtech […]

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RADICAL launches new app to help save lives

    RADICAL launches new app to help save lives

Advertising content agency RADICAL has created a new mobile app for Toyota which is designed to help save lives on Irish roads. The company, which is of part Core Media, was asked by Toyota to help them bring their brand proposition ‘Built for a Better World’ to life. While researching ways in which Toyota could help improve […]

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Three-quarters of Irish firms upped cybersecurity after WannaCry – DataSolutions survey

    Three-quarters of Irish firms upped cybersecurity after WannaCry – DataSolutions survey

IT solutions distributor firm DataSolutions has announced the results of a survey, which found that 73% of companies have made changes to their IT security as a direct result of the WannaCry ransomware incident. The research also found that one-fifth of senior IT decision-makers in Ireland would pay a ransom if under attack from cybercriminals.
In […]

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Brands must offer more to build loyalty with younger customers

    Brands must offer more to build loyalty with younger customers

A new study from technology specialist Ricoh Ireland has highlighted generational differences in customer service expectations. Older age groups are revealed as being less forgiving of brands, while younger customers expect far more information at the consideration stage, along with deep post-sales interaction to build lasting brand relationships. The survey of 3,600 consumers was conducted […]

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Enterprise Ireland invests In IoT cloud platform

    Enterprise Ireland invests In IoT cloud platform

Venture capital fund, Suir Valley Ventures, has announced it has invested €750,000 into Wia, one of the leading Internet of Things (‘IoT’) cloud platforms. Wia’s IoT cloud platform enables developers to turn any type of sensing device into a secure, smart and useful application in a matter of minutes, generating considerable time and cost savings […]

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Kabbage secures $250m funding

    Kabbage secures $250m funding

Kabbage, a company with some 115,000 customers and $3.5 billion in loans that has built an automated platform for lending money to small businesses and individuals using data points to determine a customer’s credit score, has announced SoftBank Group is investing $250 million in the company. The money will be used to expand into the […]

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Datapac announces 35 new jobs and €2.1m investment

    Datapac announces 35 new jobs and €2.1m investment

Technology solutions and services provider Datapac has announced it will create 35 new jobs at its location in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. The jobs are being created as part of a €2.1 million investment which is funding significant expansion and enhancement of ICT managed services at Datapac’s Network Operations Centre.
Established in 1982, Datapac provides a comprehensive […]

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Minister of State announces eGovernment Strategy 2017-2020

    Minister of State announces eGovernment Strategy 2017-2020

Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment, has announced the publication of the eGovernment Strategy 2017-2020.
The new strategy has been developed to build upon the first eGovernment Strategy (eGovernment 2012-2015) with the aim of succinctly setting out the next phase for eGovernment in Ireland. The Strategy focuses on 10 key actions […]

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Send money with PayPal in Skype Mobile App

    Send money with PayPal in Skype Mobile App

PayPal and Skype users in 22 countries – including Ireland – can now send money from PayPal directly in their Skype mobile app. With this new app, people in Ireland can send money ‘in the moment’ to friends and family in Ireland and 21 other countries, including the United States and UK.
More than $7 million […]

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Kinesis win IAGG 2017 tech day pitch event

    Kinesis win IAGG 2017 tech day pitch event

Kinesis Health Technologies, an Irish health technology start-up, has been declared overall winner of the Tech Day pitching competition held during the 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress which has just ended in San Francisco.
At the World Congress, which takes place every four years, over 6,000 experts in the field of ageing gathered together […]

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Global shares to create 80 new financial technology jobs in West Cork and overseas

    Global shares to create 80 new financial technology jobs in West Cork and overseas

West Cork based Global Shares, a leading global provider of share plan administration software, share-dealing, global custody and financial reporting tools has today announced the creation of a further 80 new jobs due to rapid global expansion, bringing its total global employee base to 228.
The new positions, some of which are supported by the Department of […]

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PayPal completes financial education workshops for 400 students

    PayPal completes financial education workshops for 400 students

PayPal has announced the successful completion of a series of financial education workshops for secondary school students in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland. More than 400 transition year students from six local secondary schools have taken part in the programme during the recent academic year at its Dundalk office.
The workshops are part of PayPal’s Financial Inclusion […]

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55% of young people plan to ditch TV licence – Pure Telecom

    55% of young people plan to ditch TV licence – Pure Telecom

A new online survey from Irish telecoms and broadband provider, Pure Telecom, has revealed that 55% of Irish TV licence holders aged 30 and under are planning to, or considering, ceasing payment of their TV licence due to an increase in consumption of online content and streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. The […]

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IP Telecom and GoldStar Telecom sign three year wholesale deal worth €500,000

    IP Telecom and GoldStar Telecom sign three year wholesale deal worth €500,000

IP Telecom, a Dublin based company which offers first class telephony solutions to companies in Ireland and across the world via its own VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) network, has signed a wholesale deal worth €500,000 with GoldStar Telecom, a Cork based company that provides a range of telephony solutions directly in the Munster area […]

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Getting the competitive edge

    Getting the competitive edge

Based in the Nexus Innovation Centre in University of Limerick, data capturing firm Smart Factory was set up to help companies identify hidden losses, increase productivity and maximise efficiency. The firm was established by Brendan Sheppard, Cathal Murtagh and Anthony Kelly; all three founding members come from data-centric backgrounds and have years of invaluable experience […]

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A Lion for three robots

    A Lion for three robots

Mitsubishi Electric’s interactive robotic installation known as “Threebots” has been awarded with the coveted Silver Lion in Cannes. “Threebots” has already received several awards since its installation at the German branch in Ratingen. In November 2016 Mitsubishi Electric was honored with the “Red Dot: Grand Prix“ award for its outstanding robot application. The “Threebots” (Three […]

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The journey towards Industry 4.0

    The journey towards Industry 4.0

Hartmut Pütz, President Factory Automation EMEA at Mitsubishi Electric Europe, talks about the digital transformation of industry. He focuses on the effects on manufacturing businesses, especially at a production level, and how customers will benefit from innovative Mitsubishi Electric solutions.
Manufacturing industry is currently undergoing a period of rapid change. In concrete terms this can be […]

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Belfast company set to revolutionise global weight loss industry

    Belfast company set to revolutionise global weight loss industry

Young tech firm Neurovalens has used Invest Northern Ireland support for research and development (R&D) to develop Modius, a weight loss device which combines neuroscience and technology to solve health issues. Neurovalens makes wearable technology which can modify metabolism rates, appetite and fat storage.
Congratulating the company, Invest NI’s Director of Innovation, Research and Development Dr […]

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Colt and Equinix partnership brings power of cloud to heart of enterprise

    Colt and Equinix partnership brings power of cloud to heart of enterprise

Colt Technology Services has announced a strategic partnership with Equinix, Inc. to interconnect theColt IQ Network with Equinix’s cloud ecosystem.
Today, Colt enterprise customers already benefit from connectivity to public and private clouds including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform through Colt’s Dedicated Cloud Access service, and inter-data centre connectivity through Colt DCNet.
Thanks to […]

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Major recruitment drive announced for Navan

    Major recruitment drive announced for Navan

Prepaid Financial Services (PFS) and its sister company eCOMM Merchant Solutions have announced that are launching a major recruitment drive to recruit for 28 jobs in Navan. HR Manager Lorna McCormack says: “We have a range of jobs to fill over the summer and autumn with positions in Software Development, Call Centre and Multilingual vacancies, […]

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Kildare tech firm invests €300k in cyber security solution

    Kildare tech firm invests €300k in cyber security solution

Kildare-based technology firm vCloud.ie has invested €300k in what it describes as a “cutting edge” cyber security product. The product is the first of its kind currently available globally.
Designed to protect operating systems and online facing services, the product can withstand hundreds of thousands attacks per minute, surpassing other online security systems.
“We expect the frequency […]

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Dialight opens new Technical Centre in Copenhagen

    Dialight opens new Technical Centre in Copenhagen

Dialight, the leading LED industrial lighting technology company, has announced the opening of a state-of-the-art Technical Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark. Dialight has chosen this location as the company has been operating out of Copenhagen for many years, developing and producing special solutions for the global wind power industry.
The Copenhagen Technical Centre will support the EMEA […]

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Microsoft Ireland announces new partnership with Payzone

    Microsoft Ireland announces new partnership with Payzone

Microsoft Ireland and Payzone have announced a new partnership which involves launching Xbox digital products and Office 365 subscriptions in Payzone agents across the country. A new approach for both businesses, the partnership is the first of its kind for Payzone – introducing the first digitally delivered gaming and productivity software to the platform.
The largest […]

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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 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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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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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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Pure Telecom’s €1.75m deal enables DSM to create 15 jobs

    Pure Telecom’s €1.75m deal enables DSM to create 15 jobs

Pure Telecom has announced it has signed a €1.75 million two-year deal with sales agency DSM. The deal will allow DSM to recruit 15 sales representatives, who will be tasked with growing Pure Telecom’s business across the country, with a particular focus on rural Ireland.
Pure Telecom has agreements with several of Ireland’s major wholesale telecoms […]

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Carlow tech company opens new Chicago office

    Carlow tech company opens new Chicago office

Security specialist company Netwatch is set to open a new office in Chicago. The move will create 15 new jobs in the area. The company has chosen Chicago as its North-western location as it is one of the fastest growing regions in the USA for its transportation and logistics hub, built around Chicago O’ Hare […]

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Nova Leah to create 50 new jobs in Dundalk

    Nova Leah to create 50 new jobs in Dundalk

Medical device security firm Nova Leah has announced plans to recruit 78 people to its workforce over the next four years. Around 50 of those roles will be based in Dundalk and be in the area of engineering and support. The remainder will be sales and marketing roles in the company’s newly-opened office in Boston.
Nova […]

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Sandyford to drive Dublin as Smart City

    Sandyford to drive Dublin as Smart City

Sandyford has been pinpointed as a Smart Region capable of driving Dublin on as a Smart City at Ireland’s first Smart Cities Summit in Leopardstown. The Summit, which was organised by Sandyford Business District and Alchemy Event Management, heard that there is currently 450,000 sq ft of available office space in the Sandyford and a […]

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HealthBeacon to create 20 jobs

    HealthBeacon to create 20 jobs

Dublin-based digital health company HealthBeacon has announced the creation of 20 jobs, which will aim to bring the company’s headcount to 37. The new positions will support the launch of the firm’s technology expansion – the ‘Smart Sharps System’ that helps patients adhere to their medication schedule – into North America.
The company is set to […]

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