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  • Kells Tech Hub Can Play a Major Role in Regional Enterprise Development Following 24 months of research, planning and development, the new Kells Tech Hub has been officially launched. The Kells Tech Hub is a world class regional enterprise development facility that will, through collaboration, clustering and creative thinking, help to support, promote and develop a culture of entrepreneurship in Kells, throughout Meath and across the wider [...]...
  • Three Early-Stage Start-ups Spin-in to NovaUCD Three early-stage start-ups have become the latest companies to spin-in to NovaUCD and join the community of entrepreneurs at University College Dublin’s (UCD) Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs. Over 25 companies, employing some 200 people, are currently located at NovaUCD. The three companies, EPIC Conjoint, This is Seaweed and Travacoin, have located to NovaUCD in [...]...
  • Irish Exporters Association Launches 18th Export Industry Awards The Irish Exporters Association, in partnership with platinum sponsors KPMG and Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, has announced that the 18th Export Industry Awards are now open for applications and launched the Alumni Programme for 2018. Companies can now submit their online application at http://www.irishexporters.ie/export-industry-awards/ to compete across 11 export industry related categories and be in with [...]...
  • Tourism Industry Very Upbeat on Prospects for 2018 Despite Wet and Cold Start to Year A difficult start to the year – due to weather conditions – somewhat dampened tourism sentiment for many sectors but most businesses report a positive outlook for the remainder of the year. This was one of the findings from the latest Fáilte Ireland Tourism Barometer, a survey of more than 500 tourism businesses around the country. [...]...
  • Skillnet Ireland – Without Upskilling, Businesses in Ireland Could Lose Competitive Advantage Skillnet Ireland (formerly Skillnets), the national agency for workforce development, has been launched at an event in Co Clare to promote upskilling within enterprise. Its mission is to facilitate increased participation in enterprise training and workforce learning in Ireland. Skillnet Ireland brings together 67 Skillnet Enterprise Learning Networks across the country under one unified brand [...]...

National Construction Summit 2018 – Ireland is Building Again, Says Housing Minister

  National Construction Summit 2018 – Ireland is Building Again, Says Housing Minister

By 2040 the population of the Republic of Ireland will have reached 6 million, according to Eoghan Murphy TD, the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government. He added: “Where are these people going to live and how will they live?”
The Minister was the opening speaker at the 2018 National Construction Summit, which was held […]

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A Plan For Affordable Housing

  A Plan For Affordable Housing

“All housing, not just for first time buyers, needs to be affordable. This means lower prices in Dublin and surrounding counties, which will bring down rents,” pointed out Colm McCarthy, Economist at University College Dublin, during the recent 2018 National Construction Summit.
Colm McCarthy was a main speaker at the event, where he presented his ‘plan […]

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New Jobs Lead to New Business For Newry Environmental Services Firm

  New Jobs Lead to New Business For Newry Environmental Services Firm

Blockbusters Environmental Services recently recruited six new staff with support from Invest Northern Ireland and has now won a new contract in Great Britain as a result. The company will be providing its specialist drainage and environmental services to an award-winning UK construction and fit-out contractor for its London based construction projects.
Speaking about the company’s […]

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Only 5% of Companies Claim to be Ready For GDPR

  Only 5% of Companies Claim to be Ready For GDPR

Research conducted by the BSI Group has underlined the growing concern that European businesses are simply not ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Even though 97 percent of companies admit that the implementation of the GDPR will affect their business, just 5 percent say they are fully prepared for the new data regulation, with […]

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200 New Jobs in Monaghan as Combilift Opens New Global Headquarters and Manufacturing Facility

  200 New Jobs in Monaghan as Combilift Opens New Global Headquarters and Manufacturing Facility

200 new jobs will be created in Monaghan with the announcement that forklift manufacturer and material handling solutions provider Combilift is to expand its workforce. The announcement was made by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD (pictured right) at the opening of Combilift’s new €50 million global headquarters and manufacturing facility.
The 200 new jobs, to be […]

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Esri Ireland Eyes Expansion Following €1.6 Million Investment

  Esri Ireland Eyes Expansion Following €1.6 Million Investment

Esri Ireland, the market leader in geographic information services, has invested €1.6 million to expand its operations and cater to increasing customer demand. This investment has funded the upgrade of Esri Ireland’s Dublin headquarters, the lease of new office space in Northern Ireland, increased headcount and enhancement of the company’s technologies and platforms.
Esri’s software solutions […]

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€22 Million Funding For New Bio-economy Research Project Led by Glanbia Ireland

  €22 Million Funding For New Bio-economy Research Project Led by Glanbia Ireland

The European Commission has announced €22 million in funding for a new bio-economy research project to be led by Glanbia Ireland. The project, called AgriChemWhey, will receive €22 million in funding from the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
It is the first dairy industry project to […]

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Fluent Technology Invests in R&D and Job Creation to Drive Export Sales

  Fluent Technology Invests in R&D and Job Creation to Drive Export Sales

Belfast-based software firm Fluent Technology is creating 18 new jobs to help grow sales in Great Britain and Europe. The indigenous software company specialises in grant management software (GMS) for private and public sector clients across the UK and Ireland.
Welcoming the investment, Brian Dolaghan, Invest Northern Ireland’s Director of Technology & Services, said: “Fluent Technology is nearly […]

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Walkers Oven Baked Potato Snacks and Snack a Jacks Launch New Strand Sponsorship

  Walkers Oven Baked Potato Snacks and Snack a Jacks Launch New Strand Sponsorship

Walkers Oven Baked Potato Snacks and Snack a Jacks, part of PepsiCo’s ‘Better For You’ range, have teamed up with TV3’s flagship entertainment and lifestyle programme, Xposé to announce an exciting new 10-week strand sponsorship. Walkers Oven Baked potato snacks, with 50% less fat* and Snack a Jacks, which contain 108 calories or less per standard […]

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University of Limerick Launches Robot For Use in Marine Renewable Energy Sector

  University of Limerick Launches Robot For Use in Marine Renewable Energy Sector

University of Limerick (UL) recently unveiled a unique €2 million underwater robot at the docks in Limerick city. The Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) was officially launched by Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD.
The Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded ROV Étaín can operate in challenging […]

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Major Export Deal Helps BM Steel Fabrications Double Workforce and Triple Turnover

  Major Export Deal Helps BM Steel Fabrications Double Workforce and Triple Turnover

Newry-based steel fabrication company, BM Steel has won its first business in Holland & Great Britain, estimated to be worth £800,000 in its first year. The contract is a joint venture with GB structural engineering firm, JB Towers, to supply the company’s products to DAEL Telecomm to service Holland and GB’s telecomm market.
Mike Mathers, Director […]

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The National Construction Summit 2018 Opens This Wednesday, 2nd May, at Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin – Register Now

  The National Construction Summit 2018 Opens This Wednesday, 2nd May, at Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin – Register Now

Time is running out to register to attend the 2018 National Construction Summit being held this Wednesday (2nd May) at the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin. The event is expected to attract more than 2,000 visitors from across the country. Now in its fourth year, the annual National Construction Summit has become firmly established as an […]

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Conor O’Loughlin of Glofox is Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur For 2018

  Conor O’Loughlin of Glofox is Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur For 2018

A 35 year old former Connacht Rugby star from Athlone was named Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) for 2018 at the recent National Final in Dublin. Conor O’Loughlin and his company Glofox took home the top award at the event after also winning his national category, Best Established Business, and securing a total investment fund of €40,000.
Funding for the LEOs […]

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Datapac Celebrates 150th Work Placement Student and Extends Programme

  Datapac Celebrates 150th Work Placement Student and Extends Programme

Datapac, the Irish technology solutions and services provider, has announced that 150 students have now participated in its work placement programme since it launched in 2004, and that it is launching a new initiative for transition year students. Datapac is also calling for greater collaboration between the Irish education sector and the technology industry to […]

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Amarenco Successful in French Energy Auction

  Amarenco Successful in French Energy Auction

Amarenco Solar, in its own capacity and through its partnership with Total Solar was number one in the recent French Tariff Auctions for Solar Barns, winning more than the competition.   The company won a total of almost 36MW. This brings total auction wins in the last year to nearly 80MW in France where the total […]

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Ornua Appoints Chief Executive Designate

  Ornua Appoints Chief Executive Designate

The Board of Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, has appointed John Jordan as Chief Executive Designate. John Jordan will assume the role of Chief Executive on 30 June 2018 when he will succeed Kevin Lane, who announced his resignation as CEO on 12 December 2017.
John Jordan is currently CEO of Ornua Foods […]

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Maxol Launches First Insomnia Coffee Drive-Thru

  Maxol Launches First Insomnia Coffee Drive-Thru

Maxol, Ireland’s leading family owned forecourt and convenience retailer, recently invested €350,000 at Maxol Ballycoolin to create Ireland’s first dedicated drive-thru Insomnia coffee offering. The recently expanded new offer saw the employment rate increase to a total of 60.
Since opening in May 2017, Ballycoolin has already proven its consumer appeal as the winner of the […]

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Robots Create Jobs, According to New Research

  Robots Create Jobs, According to New Research

At 309 units per 10,000 employees, robot density in German manufacturing industry is the third highest worldwide. At the same time, the number of people employed in Germany reached 44 million in 2017, the highest figure since reunification. The rapid spread of industrial robots hasn’t made a dent in employment figures: today, new tasks have […]

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National Survey Highlights Challenges Facing Irish Projects

  National Survey Highlights Challenges Facing Irish Projects

The Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI), the largest professional organisation for project managers in Ireland with over 1,300 members, has released its inaugural Annual Index Survey. The national survey completed by members across industries such as IT, construction, pharmaceuticals, and financial services outlined that almost 75% of Irish project management leaders had projects negatively impacted […]

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Calor Begins a New Era of Energy in Ireland

  Calor Begins a New Era of Energy in Ireland

Calor Gas, Ireland’s longest established supplier of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), has launched Ireland’s first certified renewable LPG for homes and businesses. Calor BioLPG will be available throughout Ireland and will allow customers to switch to a green clean renewable alternative. Calor BioLPG is certified at EU level, as offering up to 90% lower emissions […]

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Musgrave Agrees €5 Million Export Deal

  Musgrave Agrees €5 Million Export Deal

Musgrave Group, Ireland’s leading food retail and wholesale company, has announced an export deal worth €5 million with Alosra, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s leading high-end supermarket. Alosra is the grocery retail subsidiary of BMMI Group, a long-established retail, distribution and hospitality group that is listed on the Bahraini stock exchange.
Under the terms of the agreement, Musgrave will […]

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€900,000 Funding For New Smart Dublin Solutions

  €900,000 Funding For New Smart Dublin Solutions

Smart Dublin is an initiative of the four Dublin Local Authorities to engage with smart technology providers, researchers and citizens to solve challenges and improve city life.  Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council recently hosted the launch of the 2018 Smart Dublin Challenges at dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’s smart library. The funding has been increased from €600,000 in […]

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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Seeks Views on Future of Ballyogan, Stepaside, Carrickmines and Leopardstown

  Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Seeks Views on Future of Ballyogan, Stepaside, Carrickmines and Leopardstown

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has commenced a 6 week pre-draft public consultation process on a new Local Area Plan (LAP) for Ballyogan and Environs. Following this consultation period, a draft LAP will be produced to help frame development in the area over the coming 6 years. The areas covered will include Ballyogan, Kilgobbin, The Gallops/Glencairn (Leopardstown) […]

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Ecocem Rebrands

  Ecocem Rebrands

Ecocem Ireland and Ecocem GB have launched a new brand. Ecocem is Europe’s largest independent specialist producer of GGBS (Ground Granulated Blastfurnace Slag) cement with a capacity of 2.4 million tonnes. Significant developments in the organisation have seen a growing interaction across its operating regions in Ireland, Holland, France, UK and Sweden, as well as the […]

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€2.1 Billion to Boost Venture Capital Investment in Europe’s Innovative Start-ups

  €2.1 Billion to Boost Venture Capital Investment in Europe’s Innovative Start-ups

The European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have launched a Pan-European Venture Capital Funds-of-Funds programme (VentureEU) to boost investment in innovative start-up and scale-up companies across Europe.
Europe boasts a wealth of talent, world-class researchers and skilled entrepreneurs, but it can do better at turning that excellence into success stories. Access to risk capital […]

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Economic Déjà Vu as Market Positivity Overshadows Ireland’s Vulnerability?

  Economic Déjà Vu  as Market Positivity Overshadows Ireland’s Vulnerability?

In the latest Friends First Economic Outlook report, Friends First Chief Economist, Jim Power, has warned of the potential dangers of allowing Ireland’s strong economic growth to overshadow the need for rigorous risk assessment, in order to avoid repeating the political and economic pitfalls of the past. An over-reliance on a small number of large […]

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Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to Open National Construction Summit – 2nd May, 2018 – Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin

  Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to Open National Construction Summit – 2nd May, 2018 – Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin

Eoghan Murphy TD, the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, will make the opening address at the 2018 National Construction Summit, being held on Wednesday, 2nd May at the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin.
The 2018 National Construction Summit is expected to attract more than 2,000 visitors, from across the country. The Minister for Housing, Planning […]

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Government Funding of €10 Million For Energy Efficiency Design Projects

  Government Funding of €10 Million For Energy Efficiency Design Projects

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is now accepting applications from organisations planning an investment in a new design project or major energy upgrade. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD, secured an allocation of €10 Million in Budget 2018 for the Excellence in Energy Efficient Design (EXEED) programme.
The €10 million allocation will be used to […]

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Equinix’s Brenden Rawle announced as Director of Interconnection across EMEA

Equinix’s Brenden Rawle announced as Director of Interconnection across EMEA
Appointment will drive the adoption of interconnection across EMEA as businesses look to digitally transform
9th April, 2018 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data centre company, today announced it has appointed Brenden Rawle as Director of Interconnection, EMEA. Previously Senior Principal Solution Architect […]

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Irish Grocery Market Fends Off the Beast from the East

  Irish Grocery Market Fends Off the Beast from the East

The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 25 March 2018, show that the Irish grocery market brushed off the Beast from the East to post strong sales growth of 3.8%.
Douglas Faughnan, consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel, comments: “Although shoppers had upped their spend in preparation for the Beast […]

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