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  • HBAN Scoops Major European Business Angel Network Award HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, and a joint initiative of Enterprise Ireland and InterTradeIreland, was crowned Globally Networked Organisation 2018 at the recent EBAN (European Business Angel Network) Awards Ceremony held in Sofia, Bulgaria. HBAN was awarded the prominent European accolade in recognition of the significant [...]...
  • Irish Whiskey Industry Welcomes EU-Japan Trade Agreement The Irish Whiskey Association has welcomed the signing of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, the largest trade deal negotiated yet by the European Union. While sales of Irish whiskey remain relatively low, Japan is currently the largest market in Asia for Irish whiskey and last year Irish whiskey sales in Japan recorded a 15.7% growth to [...]...
  • BD Opens New State-of-the-art R&D Facility in Limerick BD, a leading global medical technology company, is to create 85 new jobs for the Limerick region. The announcement was made as Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen TD, officially opened BD’s Research Centre Ireland (RCI) in Limerick’s National Technology Park. The €21 million investment in BD’s [...]...
  • National Project Awards 2018 Open For Entries Entries for the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute’s (PMI) National Project Awards, sponsored by PwC, are open. Over 120 applicants entered the awards last year, which celebrate the country’s leading project managers and teams and their forward-thinking projects. This year the Awards recognise the importance of community-led non-profit projects with the introduction of a new [...]...
  • McAleer & Rushe Transforming Edinburgh’s Old Town The new UK Government hub planned for New Waverley in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, which is being constructed by Northern Ireland-based design and build company McAleer & Rushe, has reached a significant milestone with the official ‘Topping Out’ of the office scheme. The project which is transforming a UNESCO Heritage site, in one [...]...

Ireland Rises to 9th in the European Innovation Scoreboard

  Ireland Rises to 9th in the European Innovation Scoreboard

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, TD has welcomed Ireland’s strong innovation performance reported in the European Commission’s European Innovation Scoreboard 2018. The annual Innovation Scoreboard provides a comparative assessment of the research and innovation performance of the EU Member States and the relative strengths and weaknesses of their research and innovation systems.
Minister Heather […]

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Waterford Greenway Launch Wins Top PR Award

  Waterford Greenway Launch Wins Top PR Award

Leading communications agency Springboard PR & Marketing and Waterford City & County Council have won a prestigious national PR award for the launch of the Waterford Greenway. The campaign won Best Public Sector Campaign at the recent Awards for Excellence in Public Relations.
The awards were hosted by the Public Relations Consultants Association (Ireland), the Public Relations Institute of […]

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DCU Launches Ireland’s First Centre of Excellence For Diversity & Inclusion

  DCU Launches Ireland’s First Centre of Excellence For Diversity & Inclusion

Ireland’s first Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion has been launched at Dublin City University. The DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion will focus on diversity and inclusion research and practice in Ireland for industry, higher education and Government.
The first of its kind in Ireland, the Centre will help organisations to build cultures of inclusion […]

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Major New Report on Housing Outlines Policy Actions to Boost Affordability and Supply

  Major New Report on Housing Outlines Policy Actions to Boost Affordability and Supply

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has launched a new national campaign – Better Lives, Better Business championing new policies across four key pillars – housing, infrastructure, planning and sustainability. Better Lives, Better Business is a campaign that aims to make Ireland a better place to live and to work so that Irish businesses can more effectively attract […]

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Dublin Bakery Becomes the Smartest in Europe

  Dublin Bakery Becomes the Smartest in Europe

The Bretzel Bakery, one of Dublin’s oldest artisan bakeries, has invested in Internet of Things (IoT) technology to help it cut its utility bills and comply with Ireland’s tough food sustainability programme targets set out in Bord Bia’s Origin Green.
Irish food producers are internationally renowned for quality, but need to balance cost reduction with sustainability. […]

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EIB Backs €80 Million Port of Cork Container Terminal Development

  EIB Backs €80 Million Port of Cork Container Terminal Development

The Port of Cork has marked a major milestone for the company with the launch of the new Cork Container Terminal development in Ringaskiddy. The Cork Container Terminal will initially offer a 360 metre quay with 13 metre depth alongside and will enable larger ships to berth in Ringaskiddy. The development also includes the construction […]

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Residential Property Prices Rise by 13.0% in Year to April

  Residential Property Prices Rise by 13.0% in Year to April

In the year to April, residential property prices at national level increased by 13.0%, according to the latest CSO figures. This compares with an increase of 12.6% in the year to March and an increase of 9.5% in the twelve months to April 2017.
In Dublin, residential property prices increased by 12.5% in the year to […]

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Record Levels of Electrical and Battery Waste Recycling in Ireland in 2017

  Record Levels of Electrical and Battery Waste Recycling in Ireland in 2017

WEEE Ireland, Ireland’s largest electrical and battery recycling scheme powered the most successful year in its history in 2017. WEEE Ireland recycled 35,708 tonnes of e-waste and 874 tonnes of waste batteries from Irish householders, consumers and businesses last year.
It is a new record for WEEE Ireland to achieve a collection rate surpassing 10kg of e-waste per head […]

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Aramark’s Frank Gleeson Named European Industry Leader of the Year

  Aramark’s Frank Gleeson Named European Industry Leader of the Year

Frank Gleeson, president of Aramark Northern Europe, has been named the 2018 NACS European Industry Leader of the Year. The award, sponsored by Mondelēz International, was presented during the recent NACS Convenience Summit Europe in London.
“I cannot think of a better leader to be recognised for this prestigious award. He has been one of the industry’s strongest advocates for […]

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McAleer & Rushe Recognised at the Irish Construction Industry Awards Gala

  McAleer & Rushe Recognised at the Irish Construction Industry Awards Gala

Northern Ireland-based developer and contractor McAleer & Rushe has been awarded the prize for ‘International Project of the Year’ at the Irish Construction Industry Awards for Global Student Accommodation’s 1000-bed Catherine House scheme in Portsmouth. The awards, now in their fifth year, recognise companies which demonstrate excellence and innovation in Ireland’s construction industry. McAleer & […]

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Bord Bia’s 2018 Brexit Barometer Results

  Bord Bia’s 2018 Brexit Barometer Results

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed TD has launched the Bord Bia 2018 Brexit Barometer, a comprehensive survey of 117 Irish food, drink and horticulture companies, representing 48% of the sector’s exporters to the United Kingdom. Over 100 senior industry representatives attended the launch in Bord Bia to hear the report findings.
The purpose […]

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College Group to Construct New €10 Million Biofuel Facility in County Meath

  College Group to Construct New €10 Million Biofuel Facility in County Meath

College Group is to invest €10 million in building a new renewable energy facility producing biofuel from used cooking oil and animal fats in north County Meath. The investment is supported by the Irish government through Enterprise Ireland. The new 25 million litre purpose-built plant will be set on a 47.5 acre site and will […]

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Irish Global Packaging Solutions Company Announces €27 Million Investment

  Irish Global Packaging Solutions Company Announces €27 Million Investment

Zeus, the Irish-owned global packaging solutions company, has announced a €27 million investment in new premises in Dublin and the UK. The investment will also lead to the creation of 80 jobs.
An investment of €15 million will see Zeus’ Dublin presence double in size to 250,000 sq ft, with the creation of 50 new jobs. Zeus […]

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CRH Receives Regulatory Approval For $3.5 Billion Acquisition

  CRH Receives Regulatory Approval For $3.5 Billion Acquisition

CRH plc has received regulatory approval for its proposed $3.5 billion acquisition of Ash Grove Cement Company, from the US Federal Trade Commission. Ashe Grove is a leading US cement manufacturer headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.
Ash Grove operates eight cement plants across eight US states, combined with extensive ready mixed concrete, aggregates and associated logistics […]

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AllinAll Ingredients Officially Opens New €5 Million Facility in Dublin

  AllinAll Ingredients Officially Opens New €5 Million Facility in Dublin

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD (pictured above left), has officially opened AllinAll Ingredient’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing and Research and Development facility in Rosemount, Dublin. The company, which has been in the food industry for over 20 years, develops and manufactures ingredients, sauces and blends for the processed food market. Its R&D lead team have developed […]

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Students from Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Scoop Top Prize at Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards 2018

  Students from Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Scoop Top Prize at Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards 2018

Elaine Leahy, David O’Donovan, Daniel Crowley, Ryan Breen, Michael Ahern, Brian Fitzpatrick and Colm Nicholl, students from Cork Institute of Technology, have won the overall Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award and have been named ‘College Entrepreneur of the Year 2018’. The winning entrants beat off stiff competition with their project “MacGlas”.
MacGlas is […]

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McArdle Skeath Opens €20 Million Dublin Supply Chain facility

  McArdle Skeath Opens €20 Million Dublin Supply Chain facility

McArdle Skeath, one of Ireland’s leading supply chain management providers, has opened its new 12,500 sq m temperature controlled storage facility in Hollystown, Dublin 15. The supply chain facility represents a €20 million investment by McArdle Skeath and is strategically positioned to service the nutritional and bio-tech sectors. The company, 50 years in business this […]

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Ambitious Enterprise Cross-Border Rail Strategic Development Plan Launched

  Ambitious Enterprise Cross-Border Rail Strategic Development Plan Launched

Translink and Iarnród Éireann have launched an ambitious new strategic development plan for the Cross-border Enterprise Rail Service between Belfast and Dublin. Called ‘Better Connecting Dublin and Belfast’, the strategy sets out a road map of how both companies jointly plan to further enhance the service on this important north/south rail corridor.
The plan launched by […]

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More Milk Needed to Cover Demand in 2030 – New Technologies Will Help

  More Milk Needed to Cover Demand in 2030 – New Technologies Will Help

Between now and 2030 worldwide demand growth for milk and milk products will be three times the level of current US milk production. This was one of the main findings of the latest publication, from the IFCN – the Dairy Research Network – discussed at the 19th IFCN Dairy Conference, held at Teagasc, Moorepark, Cork.
Today, […]

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IDA Reports Strong First Half

  IDA Reports Strong First Half

IDA Ireland, the inward investment agency of the Irish Government, has reported a very strong first half of 2018. IDA expects that investments approved in the first half will lead to the creation of over 11,300 jobs as companies roll out their plans over the coming months and years. This compares with 11,000 over the […]

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Building and Construction Output Increased by 7.4% in 1st Quarter 2018

  Building and Construction Output Increased by 7.4% in 1st Quarter 2018

According to the latest CSO figures, the volume of output in building and construction increased by 7.4% in the first quarter of 2018 when compared with the preceding period. This reflects increases of 5.6%, 5.5% and 1.1% respectively in the volume of residential building work, non-residential building work and civil engineering work. The change in the […]

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Housing Market Failing Younger Generations, Says First Woman President of IPAV

  Housing Market Failing Younger Generations, Says First Woman President of IPAV

The current housing market is failing our younger generations, according to Ella Dunphy (pictured) of DNG, who recently became the first woman President of IPAV, the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers. She was speaking at the organisation’s AGM and annual conference at the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny.
“It’s a market where those with the greatest […]

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Irish Gin Exports Up 433% in First Quarter of 2018

  Irish Gin Exports Up 433% in First Quarter of 2018

New CSO figures reveal that the value of Irish gin exports grew by a whopping 433 per cent in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the first quarter of 2017. In the first quarter of 2018, exports of Irish gin were valued at €935,000, compared to just €175,000 in the first quarter of 2017. […]

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European Commission Proposes Most Ambitious Research and Innovation Programme Yet

  European Commission Proposes Most Ambitious Research and Innovation Programme Yet

For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Commission is proposing €100 billion for research and innovation. A new programme – Horizon Europe – will build on the achievements and success of the previous research and innovation programme (Horizon 2020) and keep the EU at the forefront of global research and innovation.
Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, […]

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2018 RIAI Architecture Awards Winners

  2018 RIAI Architecture Awards Winners

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has announced the winners of 2018 RIAI Architecture Awards. The awards, held recently at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House, recognise the quality of work carried out by RIAI members in 2017 and highlight the contribution that Irish architects make to society for everyone’s benefit.
Now in their 29th year and […]

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Tesco Back on Top For First Time Since 2015

  Tesco Back on Top For First Time Since 2015

The latest Irish grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks ending 20 May 2018, show Tesco reclaiming the top spot on its own for the first time in more than two years with an overall share of 22.3%.  The retailer grew sales by 4.5% – far ahead of the overall market, which […]

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Innovation at the Heart of North West Brewery

  Innovation at the Heart of North West Brewery

Walled City Brewery, located in Derry’s exciting new cultural quarter Ebrington Square, has been assisted by Invest Northern Ireland to develop a new craft beer. Master Brewer, James Huey used an Invest NI £5,000 Innovation Voucher to develop the recipe for its ‘1689’ Mumm ale, which comes from a recipe dating back to the Siege […]

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DCU Crowned 2018 Enactus Ireland Champions

  DCU Crowned 2018 Enactus Ireland Champions

Enactus Dublin City University were crowned the winners of the recent Enactus Ireland National Competition which took place in Chartered Accountants House, Dublin 2. Presented by Irish writer and activist Sinéad Burke, the Enactus Ireland National Competition saw colleges from 10 HEI’s across the country compete for the title with the winning team closely followed by Enactus NUI Galway and semi-finalists […]

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Cork Leads the Way as Ireland’s Creative and Tech City of Tomorrow

  Cork Leads the Way as Ireland’s Creative and Tech City of Tomorrow

Huawei, the global technology leader, has unveiled its New Renaissance Hotspots report which reveals how the Ireland is witnessing a new age of technological and creative innovation with Cork, Dublin and Galway ranking highest in terms of new ways of sharing, creating and innovating respectively.
The New Renaissance Hotspots Report, commissioned by Huawei and authored independently by the Institute of Arts and Ideas and Kjaer Global, explores how […]

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We Need to Move Away From Fossil Fuels – EPA Emissions Projections Show

  We Need to Move Away From Fossil Fuels – EPA Emissions Projections Show

The latest Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) projections show that Ireland’s total greenhouse gas emissions will increase from current levels to 2020, underpinned by strong economic growth. This is despite an EU target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent on 2005 levels from the non-Emissions Trading Scheme (non-ETS) sector – agriculture, transport, residential, […]

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