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  • 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 based on two surveys conducted by ESMA since January 2018, which gathered evidence from national competent authorities (NCAs) on the licensing regimes of FinTech firms [...]...
  • MessageBird Opens New Office in Dublin MessageBird, the Amsterdam-based cloud communications platform company, is expanding its European operations with a new office in Dublin. Led by former Salesforce and Oracle executive, Roberto Marzo, the new office will employ up to 50 new positions over the next two years. Initial hires will focus on sales, customer success and support for MessageBird’s fast-growing European [...]...
  • Signing of the Ireland-China MOU to Promote Science, Technology and Innovation Co-operation A revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote science, technology and innovation cooperation between Ireland and China has been signed. The revised MOU between the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China replaces the 2012 MOU to promote science, technology and co-operation. It [...]...
  • Colm McLoughlin Honoured at Aviation Industry Awards in Ireland At a glittering industry gathering that attracted over 300 senior aviation executives in Ireland, Dubai Duty Free’s Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Colm McLoughlin, was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to the Aviation Industry award at the annual Aviation Industry Awards in Dublin. Colm McLoughlin, who celebrated his 50th anniversary in the duty free industry on [...]...
  • Irish Hotel Sector at a Turning Point Crowe, Ireland’s leading accountancy practice and advisors to the Irish hotel sector, has launched the 24th edition of Ireland’s most comprehensive annual analysis of the Irish hotel sector. The Crowe Ireland Annual Hotel Survey, compiled from an analysis of Irish hotels’ 2018 accounts, shows that the sector experienced a positive year in 2018 with an eight-consecutive year of [...]...

Kerry Group Inaugurates New €20 Million Production Facility in India

  Kerry Group Inaugurates New €20 Million Production Facility in India

Kerry Group has officially opened its new €20 million production facility in Tumkur, India. The new, state-of-the-art 40,585 square metre facility, located 120 km from Bangalore, will serve Kerry Taste & Nutrition’s global and regional customers in the South West Asia region, with Kerry Taste and Beverage systems for the fast-growing retail and foodservice markets.
This is Kerry Group’s […]

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Electric Ireland Awards €30 Million Customer Services Contract

  Electric Ireland Awards €30 Million Customer Services Contract

Electric Ireland has chosen Abtran, the leading Irish business process management company, as their continuing partner in the delivery of customer service solutions to its 1.2 million residential and business customers nationwide. The contract has an approximate value of €30 million over 3 years to 2022, with an option to extend for a further 4 years.
Abtran’s […]

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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 new Cork office.
The new office, located at Unit 10, South Bank, Crosse’s Green in Cork city centre will be led by recently-appointed Head of Sales […]

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Esri Ireland Partners With Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to Boost Local Tourism

  Esri Ireland Partners With Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to Boost Local Tourism

Esri Ireland, the market leader in geographic information services, has announced that Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has used its digital mapping software to boost local tourism through a series of interactive online maps. The Council has seen significant tourism growth in the Causeway Coast and Glens region, with 1.1 million overnight visitors adding […]

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Launch of Ireland’s First National Space Strategy For Enterprise 2019-2025

  Launch of Ireland’s First National Space Strategy For Enterprise 2019-2025

The Government has launched Ireland’s first National Space Strategy for Enterprise 2019-2025. The national strategy will provide strategic support to Ireland’s expanding space-active industry and research institutes, which work across a range of technological domains and develop technology with both space and non-space applications.
The development of this strategy is extremely timely as the international space sector […]

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Ireland Improves Performance in European Digitisation Index

  Ireland Improves Performance in European Digitisation Index

The Government has welcomed the news from the European Commission that Ireland has improved its performance in the 2019 EU Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) compared to 2018. Our performance is ahead of the European average in four of the five indicators. Ireland improved its overall ranking by one place, moving from 8th to 7th place in […]

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HEINEKEN Ireland Ahead on Sustainability Targets

  HEINEKEN Ireland Ahead on Sustainability Targets

HEINEKEN Ireland has published its 2018 Sustainability Report which saw the brewer achieve a 58% reduction in CO2 production since 2008, far exceeding its own 20% target. This achievement underscores its 10 year commitment to be a sustainable and green brewer under its global sustainability strategy, Brewing a Better World.
In 2018, as part of its […]

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Lidl Ireland and Buymie Expand Services into Counties Kildare and Wicklow

  Lidl Ireland and Buymie Expand Services into Counties Kildare and Wicklow

Lidl Ireland has announced the expansion of Buymie services to customers in counties Kildare and Wicklow. In January, Lidl Ireland formed a partnership with Irish start-up Buymie, which provides a personalised online grocery delivery service, delivering in as little as an hour. Offering Buymie services to towns Maynooth, Celbridge, Leixlip, Bray and Greystones, will give 40,000 local households an online […]

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Equinix Unveils Virtual Network Services on Platform Equinix

  Equinix Unveils Virtual Network Services on Platform Equinix

Equinix, Inc, the global interconnection and data centre company, has announced the next phase in the evolution of Platform Equinix® with the unveiling of Network Edge services, a new product innovation enabling companies to modernise networks virtually, within minutes, by deploying network functions virtualisation (NFV) from multiple vendors to connect their digital supply chains at Equinix.
Designed to accelerate digital transformation […]

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SaaS Firm Futrli Announces £5.5 Million Delivery Centre in Belfast

  SaaS Firm Futrli Announces £5.5 Million Delivery Centre in Belfast

Great Britain-based Futrli is to invest almost £5.5 million in a new delivery centre in Belfast, with 80 new jobs to be created over three years, more than doubling its headcount. Established in 2014, Futrli supports over 1,200 accountancy firms and 45,000 small businesses globally with software as a service (SaaS) products. The latest, Futrli […]

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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 of sub-actions, that need to be taken at a time when the warning signs are growing, and the time for taking action is rapidly reducing.
At […]

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Strencom Invests in VMware Cloud-based Disaster Recovery Service

  Strencom Invests in VMware Cloud-based Disaster Recovery Service

Strencom, the Irish managed connectivity and cloud computing provider, has announced that its Point ‘N’ Click public cloud service has attained VMware Disaster Recovery as a Service™ (DRaaS) Powered status. Strencom has invested €250,000 in the service – building an advanced technology infrastructure as well as investing in new staff and employee training.
Point ‘N’ Click […]

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Bord Bia Opens Third Office in Asia

  Bord Bia Opens Third Office in Asia

Bord Bia has opened a new office in Tokyo, Japan, bringing to 14 the number of international offices it has promoting the Irish food and drinks industry overseas. Through its Prioritising Markets – Opportunities for Growth study, Bord Bia has identified Japan as being in the top five priority markets for Irish food and drink […]

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Teeling Whiskey Distillery ‘Maturing Nicely’ as it Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

  Teeling Whiskey Distillery ‘Maturing Nicely’ as it Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

Teeling Whiskey, the Irish whiskey producer which was founded in 2012, is celebrating the fourth anniversary of its award-winning distillery. In June 2015, Teeling Whiskey began a new chapter in modern Irish whiskey history when it opened the first new distillery in Dublin for over 125 years to the public.
In the past four years, over […]

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Have Your Say on Skillnet Ireland Strategy

  Have Your Say on Skillnet Ireland Strategy

Skillnet Ireland is urging employers, employees, industry groups, regional groups, the general public and all interested parties to have their say in informing its new Statement of Strategy 2020-2024. This new strategy will seek to articulate a vision for Ireland’s Workforce Development and set out strategic goals and targets for Skillnet Ireland.
Skillnet Ireland is the national agency responsible […]

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Sisk Reports Strong Performance For 2018

  Sisk Reports Strong Performance For 2018

Sicon Limited, which is the holding company for Sisk’s construction and construction related activities in Ireland, the United Kingdom and a number of international markets, has reported a 24% increase in turnover to just under €1.2 billion and a pre-tax profit of €28.3 million for the year ended 31 December 2018. Over 97% of the […]

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Ireland’s Most Energy Efficient Residential and Commercial Building Projects Honoured at 2019 ISOVER Awards

  Ireland’s Most Energy Efficient Residential and Commercial Building Projects Honoured at 2019 ISOVER Awards

Simply Architecture, and their new build residential project – ‘The Fairways’ in Cork – has been named the winner of the 2019 Overall ISOVER Award, as well as Designer of the Year 2019, at the third ISOVER Awards. The awards ceremony, which took place recently at the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin, saw over 100 […]

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Premium Products and Value Prices a Hit With Grocery Shoppers

  Premium Products and Value Prices a Hit With Grocery Shoppers

The latest figures from Kantar show that overall the Irish grocery market grew by 4.2% over the 12 weeks to 19 May 2019, with Dunnes Stores holding off the challenge of Tesco and retaining pole position. Respective growth of 12.6% and 5.9% for Aldi and Lidl means that the retailers’ combined grocery market share stands […]

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Strencom Acquires Leading Irish Security Company Baker Security & Networks

  Strencom Acquires Leading Irish Security Company Baker Security & Networks

Strencom, the Irish managed connectivity and cloud computing provider, has acquired managed network and cybersecurity company, Baker Security & Networks. The deal will bolster Strencom’s security and networking offering and further the company’s ambition to achieve annual recurring revenue of €50 million.
Established in 2000, Strencom provides managed connectivity, unified communications and managed cloud hosting services to […]

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New Report on Customer Experience Sector in Ireland

  New Report on Customer Experience Sector in Ireland

IDA Ireland has launched a new report detailing the extent to which 5,000 jobs in the Customer Experience (Cx) sector in Ireland will be affected by technological and generational forces over the coming years. The document sets out a vision for Irish operators in the Cx sector that urges them to remain competitive by focusing […]

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Tourism Boost For Northern Ireland as Ballycastle Gains New Four Star Hotel

  Tourism Boost For Northern Ireland as Ballycastle Gains New Four Star Hotel

A new four star hotel, The Salthouse, is to open on the Dunamallaght Road in Ballycastle, just in time for the 148th Open Championship in July 2019. The Denis McHenry and Therese McHenry partnership invested £2.4 million to develop the 24 bedroom hotel and spa with uninterrupted coastal views. The hotel is located on the […]

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Trinity College Dublin Crowned 2019 Enactus Ireland Champions

  Trinity College Dublin Crowned 2019 Enactus Ireland Champions

Enactus TCD were crowned the winners of the Enactus Ireland National Competition which took place recently in Chartered Accountants House, Dublin 2. The Enactus Ireland National Competition saw colleges from 10 HEI’s across the country compete for the title where the winning team was closely followed by Enactus UL and semi-finalists Enactus NUIG and Enactus DCU.
Enactus TCD, supported by Aer Lingus, […]

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Allstate Sales Group to Establish Software Development & CAD Support Centres in Waterford & Sligo

  Allstate Sales Group to Establish Software Development & CAD Support Centres in Waterford & Sligo

Allstate Sales Group Inc. (ASG), a provider of turnkey engineering and construction services to the telecommunications industry, is to establish software development and CAD support centres in Ireland, at locations in Waterford and Sligo, creating 200 new jobs over the three years. It is the company’s first operations outside the US. The investment is supported […]

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Deliveroo Appoints New General Manager For Ireland

  Deliveroo Appoints New General Manager For Ireland

Deliveroo, the food delivery app service, has announced that Michael Healy, formerly Chief Marketing Officer of  FTSE 250-listed The Restaurant Group, has taken over the reins for Deliveroo as General Manager in the Republic of Ireland. Deliveroo is an award-winning delivery service founded in 2013 by William Shu and Greg Orlowski.
Deliveroo works with over 80,000 best-loved restaurants […]

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Start-up Programme For Young Entrepreneurs Kicks-off at NovaUCD

  Start-up Programme For Young Entrepreneurs Kicks-off at NovaUCD

An intensive 4-week mentoring programme, as part of University College Dublin’s (UCD) 2019 Start-Up Stars Programme, has kicked-off at NovaUCD with seven (7) early-stage ventures and a total of 18 team members. The entrepreneurship programme, now in its 5th year, has been developed by NovaUCD, the UCD Innovation Academy and UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, as […]

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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 in terms of interest rates rather than having any real impact on those responsible, according to Brokers Ireland.
Diarmuid Kelly (pictured), Chief Executive at the organisation […]

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Davison Canners Grows into New Markets

  Davison Canners Grows into New Markets

Armagh-based Davison Canners is launching its own brand of hot-eat desserts and puddings – Simply Puddings – as it continues to grow its business. The company is reaping the benefits of a £1.4 million capital investment which included a new bespoke manufacturing facility. The facility, built in 2018, has allowed the company to develop and […]

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Country’s First Master’s in Blockchain (Distributed Ledger Technologies) Launched

  Country’s First Master’s in Blockchain (Distributed Ledger Technologies) Launched

Ireland’s first ever Master’s in Blockchain (Distributed Ledger Technologies) has been launched. The programme has been developed by Skillnet Ireland’s Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet, in collaboration with Dublin City University.
The launch coincided with Blockchain Ireland week, a Government initiative focused on promoting the growth and development of Blockchain technology in the country.
Speaking at the launch, Minister for […]

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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 Leinster Broker of the Year 2018 at the Life, Pensions & Investments Awards.
He is also a strong advocate for the ‘Financial Broker’ concept, designed to […]

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Paradyn Launches High-speed Connectivity Service

  Paradyn Launches High-speed Connectivity Service

Paradyn, Ireland’s only end-to-end IT and communications service provider, has launched a new SD-WAN service which is expected to generate €1.5 million in new revenue over the next two years. The software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) service provides businesses the ability to dynamically connect multiple site locations, optimise network performance, and reduce network connectivity costs.
The IDC […]

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