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  • Irish Manufacturing Renaissance in Peril “Manufacturing is incredibly important to our economy and we are going through a ‘Renaissance’. Our economy has been performing strongly and manufacturing is at the centre,” said Fergal O’Brien (pictured), Director of Policy and Chief Economist, IBEC, when addressing the recent National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference at Citywest Hotel in Dublin. “Ireland is one of [...]...
  • Winners of the 2019 IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards Former CEO and non-executive director of Creganna-Tactx Medical, Helen Ryan has been crowned the Outstanding Industry Contribution winner at this year’s IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards. The event, which celebrates the finest in Irish manufacturing, took place at the Citywest Hotel Convention Centre on the evening of the 17th of January, following the record [...]...
  • Manufacturing Sector Represents Almost a Third of the Irish Economy The Irish manufacturing sector employs over 250,000 people and accounts for 32% of Ireland’s GDP – significantly higher than the European average of 15% and Germany at 21%, according to Martin Shanahan (pictured), CEO of IDA Ireland. Manufacturing also plays a key role in helping to address the regional imbalance in the Irish economy with [...]...
  • National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 2019 Sets New Records The recent National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition, held at the Citywest Exhibition Centre, Dublin, set new records in terms of its scale and visitor numbers. More than 5,000 people from all over Ireland attended the 2019 National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition, which incorporated a comprehensive conference programme featuring 220 speaks [...]...
  • Ireland’s Ocean Energy Test Facility Opens Lir, Ireland’s ocean energy test facility, has been officially opened in Ringaskiddy, County Cork by Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, TD. Located in the €20 million UCC Environmental Research Institute (ERI) Beaufort building, Lir – the National Ocean Test Facility – provides world-class laboratory testing for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy devices. The [...]...

Planning Permission For Irish Whiskey Development in Westmeath

  Planning Permission For Irish Whiskey Development in Westmeath

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission, on appeal, for the development of twelve Irish whiskey maturation warehouses at Moyvore, County Westmeath, to be developed by Vault Storage Ltd. The proposed facility will have the capacity to hold 200,000 casks of whiskey in maturation.
The proposed development had […]

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Lidl Ireland Invests €1 Million in the Installation of Solar Panels at 8 New and Reconstructed Stores

  Lidl Ireland Invests €1 Million in the Installation of Solar Panels at 8 New and Reconstructed Stores

Lidl has completed the installation of energy-saving solar panels at its recently opened Nenagh store adding a further investment of €130,000 in renewable energy. The newly installed solar panels will produce 120,000 kilowatt hours of energy from a sustainable resource annually which is equivalent to meet the electricity requirements of 28 homes and reduces the […]

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EU Companies Increase Research Investments in Global Technological Race

  EU Companies Increase Research Investments in Global Technological Race

Companies in the European Union have increased their investment in research and development (R&D) for the eighth consecutive year, according to the new 2018 Industrial R&D Scoreboard published by the Commission. The findings show that EU companies’ 2017 R&D investments grew by 5.5% as compared to the previous year. In a telling sign of an […]

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Irish Genetics Company Wins €1.8 Million ‘Beyond Food Labelling’ R&D Grant

  Irish Genetics Company Wins €1.8 Million ‘Beyond Food Labelling’ R&D Grant

Irish genetics company IdentiGEN has welcomed a €1.8 million research and development award to further strengthen its position as a world leader in DNA technologies within the food industry. IdentiGEN, which is based in Dublin and provides DNA traceability solutions for the meat and seafood sectors, will use the investment to advance food quality and […]

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Retailers Relish Run Up to Christmas as Dunnes Takes Top Spot

  Retailers Relish Run Up to Christmas as Dunnes Takes Top Spot

Dunnes Stores has claimed pole position as Ireland’s leading retailer for the third consecutive period, boasting a market share of 22.4% in the 12 weeks to 2 December 2018.  The latest grocery market figures from Kantar Worldpanel show the retailer registered sales growth of 3.4% on last year.
Dunnes held on to top spot despite stiff competition from […]

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TriMedika Secures Four Export Contracts

  TriMedika Secures Four Export Contracts

TriMedika has secured four new orders of its innovative non-contact thermometer at Medica 2018, the world’s leading trade fair for the medical industry. The deals in Switzerland, Germany and Austria are the latest for this growing Belfast-based medical devices business.
Co-founders Julie Brien, COO, and Dr Roisin Molloy, CEO, have been working closely with Invest Northern […]

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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 with a revision to the Gas Safety Guidelines to incorporate renewable gas injection facilities. In addition, the CRU has commenced a consultation on changes to the gas transmission tariff methodology, which includes proposals to facilitate […]

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Enterprise Ireland and HSE Invite SMEs to Tackle Diabetes in New Challenges

  Enterprise Ireland and HSE Invite SMEs to Tackle Diabetes in New Challenges

A new competition to address health complications that arise as a result of diabetes has been announced by Enterprise Ireland and the HSE through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) initiative. The health and wellness challenges aim to harness innovation and technology to help diabetes patients avoid the development of typical complications associated with the […]

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SEAI Report Highlights Urgent Need to Reduce Reliance on Fossil Fuels

  SEAI Report Highlights Urgent Need to Reduce Reliance on Fossil Fuels

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has published their annual Energy in Ireland report. Energy in Ireland presents the latest national data and trends on energy use and renewable energy in Ireland. This year’s report shows a 0.5% increase in energy demand as the economy grew by 3.0%.
Ireland continues to face a challenge in […]

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Profits and Revenue Rise For theKeyCollections

  Profits and Revenue Rise For theKeyCollections

Newly-filed accounts for the Dublin-based tourist accommodation business theKeyCollections reveal that the group’s full year profits for 2017 rose by over 33% to €1.2 million with group revenues increasing to €22.5 million, representing growth of over 22%. Group Marketing Manager Christopher Kenny attributes the positive results to: “Favourable market conditions in the Dublin hotel market which resulted […]

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Grass-fed Beef – Opportunities For Healthier Diets

  Grass-fed Beef – Opportunities For Healthier Diets

Ireland’s climate means that the country is good at growing grass. It is well known that producing beef from grass results in lower costs than feeding animals on concentrates. But what about the consumer? Is grass-fed beef better than other types of beef for consumers?
This was the focus of a Department of Agriculture, Food and […]

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Over €75 Million For 27 Groundbreaking Projects Under Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

  Over €75 Million For 27 Groundbreaking Projects Under Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund

The Government has unveiled the 27 innovative projects who are sharing over €75 million in funding out to 2021 under the first tranche of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund. They include a scheme to help communities generate their own electricity, new treatments for sepsis, a support system for coastal flooding and advanced 3D printing of medical […]

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EIB to Back €1.2 Billion Pan-European Renewable Investment Through Irish NTR Fund

  EIB to Back €1.2 Billion Pan-European Renewable Investment Through Irish NTR Fund

The world’s largest international financier for renewable energy, the European Investment Bank, will back renewable energy investment across Europe in co-operation with Dublin-based NTR plc. The EIB’s €84 million backing for the NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund II was announced at an EIB investment conference at the Central Bank of Ireland attended by more than […]

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ABP’s Olleco on Shortlist For Davos Sustainability Award

  ABP’s Olleco on Shortlist For Davos Sustainability Award

ABP Food Group’s renewable division, Olleco, has been shortlisted for a prestigious ‘Circular’ sustainability award for its development of a circular economy model with McDonald’s and Arla Foods in the UK. The awards are an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders and winners will be announced at the […]

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Pioneering Proteomics Researcher and Entrepreneur Receives the NovaUCD 2018 Innovation Award

  Pioneering Proteomics Researcher and Entrepreneur Receives the NovaUCD 2018 Innovation Award

The NovaUCD 2018 Innovation Award has been presented to University College Dublin’s (UCD) Professor Stephen Pennington (pictured), a global leader in proteomics (the study of proteins) research and innovation. The Award was presented to him in recognition of his commitment and success in protein biomarker research, undertaken during the last 15-years at the UCD School […]

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National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 2019 – Thursday, January 17th – Citywest Hotel, Dublin

  National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 2019 – Thursday, January 17th – Citywest Hotel, Dublin

Approximately 3,000 people from all over Ireland are expected to visit the 2019 National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin on Thursday, January 17th, making the event the largest gathering of the manufacturing and supply chain community in the country.
Now in its sixth year, the National Manufacturing and Supply […]

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DIT Launches New MSc in Transport and Mobility

  DIT Launches New MSc in Transport and Mobility

Over 250 million journeys were taken by passengers on Irish public transport services in 2017, and with the population set to increase, this number is likely to continue growing in the coming years. Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has launched Ireland’s first ever MSc programme in Transport and Mobility designed to equip graduates with the knowledge […]

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Swedencare Expanding Operations in Ireland

  Swedencare Expanding Operations in Ireland

Swedencare AB, which acquired the Nutri-Science brand, product range and manufacturing facility in Waterford in November 2016, has moved into new, larger premises, which was purchased earlier this year, in the city which it has redeveloped to more than double its capacity and secure and expand its workforce presence in Waterford.

NutriScience was originally an Irish […]

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PREM Group Acquires Majority Stake in Rate Wise

  PREM Group Acquires Majority Stake in Rate Wise

International hotel and hospitality management company PREM Group has taken a significant equity stake in Rate Wise. Rate Wise was originally founded in Dublin by software developer Niall O’Meara and quickly became a leading rate management tool working with 76 hotel and serviced apartment clients across 9 countries including Ireland, the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Hong […]

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IDA Ireland Launches ‘The Landing Space’ in Sligo

  IDA Ireland Launches ‘The Landing Space’ in Sligo

IDA Ireland, in partnership with IT Sligo and Sligo County Council, have officially opened a new fast landing property solution. The establishment of IDA Ireland’s first fast landing service at Embankment House, Sligo, to be known as ‘The Landing Space’, will provide an open plan, turnkey collaborative working environment for companies who wish to quickly […]

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Imperva Chooses Northern Ireland For New Technology Hub

  Imperva Chooses Northern Ireland For New Technology Hub

Imperva, a leading global provider of best-in-class cybersecurity solutions, is expanding its operations with a new office in Belfast, creating 220 new jobs. Imperva solutions use data, analytics, best-of-breed software, and its community’s expertise to deliver simple, effective and enduring protection for its customers, on-premises, in the cloud and across hybrid environments.  The company aims […]

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94% of CIOs Dedicating Up to Half Their Time on Innovation

  94% of CIOs Dedicating Up to Half Their Time on Innovation

Logicalis Ireland, the IT solutions and managed services provider, has announced the results of a survey which shows that 94% of CIOs spend between 10% and 50% of their time on innovation and other related activities. The research, conducted in October and involving 840 IT leaders from Ireland and across the globe, reveals that there has […]

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€29 Million in Government Funding Through the Regional Enterprise Development Fund

  €29 Million in Government Funding Through the Regional Enterprise Development Fund

The Government has announced the results of the second round of the Regional Enterprise Development Fund, an open national competitive call to support regional projects, delivered for the Government through Enterprise Ireland. Twenty-one successful applicants representing all regions of the country have secured just over €29 million for their projects in the second call for proposals […]

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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 of Chairman of the new independent IBCB. The Board is an initiative of the banking industry which is aiming to rebuild trust in the sector and embed a customer-first culture.
The appointment follows a competitive process led […]

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Accela Expands Operations in Ireland

  Accela Expands Operations in Ireland

Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based productivity solutions for government, has announced the opening of its Dublin office and plans to double the company’s current Ireland workforce. With support by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland, Accela plans to onboard nearly 30 staff to grow its world-class research and development team focused on modernizing government […]

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Fáilte Ireland Calls For Investment in Hotels Across Key Cities

  Fáilte Ireland Calls For Investment in Hotels Across Key Cities

Fáilte Ireland has highlighted major investment opportunities in hotel stock in key cities. Its latest report on the current and future availability of accommodation shows that there is significant opportunity in Kilkenny for further bed capacity, while Galway also has scope for greater accommodation supply, following strong year-on-year growth in the number of overseas tourists […]

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Northern Ireland Business Expenditure in R&D Continues to Rise

  Northern Ireland Business Expenditure in R&D Continues to Rise

The 2017 Research and Development Statistical Bulletin on R&D expenditure by businesses in Northern Ireland shows a 4 per cent rise on 2016, and 20 per cent on five years ago. The report also shows an increase in the number of businesses investing in R&D, which has risen to 900 companies [1].
Welcoming the positive figures released […]

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FastHouse Delivers 466 Holiday Lodges at New Center Parcs

  FastHouse Delivers 466 Holiday Lodges at New Center Parcs

Leading rapid-build home manufacturer FastHouse has announced the completion of its contract to provide and erect the timber frames for 466 lodges at the highly anticipated Center Parcs in Longford in under nine months. This comes as FastHouse confirms significant investment to bring its full range of services to the Irish house building market. In […]

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21st Operational Irish Whiskey Distillery Opens

  21st Operational Irish Whiskey Distillery Opens

Blackwater Distillery has become the 21st operational Irish whiskey distillery on the island of Ireland. The new distillery at Ballyduff, near Lismore in County Waterford, recently commenced Irish whiskey distillation.
The distillery’s three stills have travelled more than 2,300 km from Siena, Italy, where they were manufactured by leading distillation technology company Frilli. The distillery will produce […]

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IGD Predicts Five Trends Set to Shape Retail in 2019

  IGD Predicts Five Trends Set to Shape Retail in 2019

Innovative advances in technology, coupled with seamless in-store shopping experiences, are among the IGD’s top predictions for 2019’s global retail trends:

Data, and particularly customer data, will offer more personalised shopping
Sustainability concerns will change the way retailers do business
Stores will offer more seamless shopping experiences
Healthy eating and wellness will grow in popularity
Shopping opportunities will increasingly be […]

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