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  • Skillnet Ireland Launches New Network For Small Firms Sector Skillnet Ireland, the national agency responsible for the promotion and facilitation of workforce learning in Ireland, has launched six new networks to address the growing skills needs in the film, television, retail, health and fitness sectors. The six new networks are SFA Skillnet, Screen Skillnet, Leisure, Health & Fitness Skillnet, Fingal Dublin Chamber Skillnet, Dundalk Chamber Skillnet and CSNA Skillnet.  SFA [...]...
  • Circular Economy Leaders, Olleco, Awarded Royal Warrant ABP Food Group’s Renewables Division, Olleco, the UK’s leading supplier of cooking oils and collector of used cooking oils, has become the first dedicated circular economy company to be granted a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty The Queen. The Warrant recognises the company’s work to create a “closed loop” solution for the Royal Household. Olleco supplies [...]...
  • OpenSky to Create 80 Jobs After €2.5 Million Investment in Expansion OpenSky, Ireland’s only GovTech transformation specialist which provides process automated solutions to public sector bodies, has announced that it has invested €2.5 million in its own expansion and will create 80 jobs over the next two years. The company’s employee numbers are set to reach 160 by the end of 2021. New roles will include [...]...
  • Irish-UK Trade Relations to the Fore of Manufacturing Solutions Ireland 2019 Irish-UK trade relations are to the fore of this year’s Manufacturing Solutions Ireland event, as the manufacturing supply chain roadshow and conference, hosted by GTMA* and LIT, has already confirmed more than 100 exhibitors and participants from both sides of the Irish Sea. Now in its third year, the popular event has grown to include [...]...
  • Investigation into Insurance Ireland Data Pooling System The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Insurance Ireland to assess whether the conditions of access to its Insurance Link data pooling system may restrict competition, in breach of EU rules. Insurance Ireland is an association bringing together several member companies active in the insurance sector in Ireland. Insurance Ireland administers and makes [...]...

Significant Slowdown in Dublin Housing Market

  Significant Slowdown in Dublin Housing Market

The average ‘sold price’ for houses across Dublin this year is almost identical to last year, indicating that growth in the housing market has slowed down, according to new research by Perfect Property, Ireland’s innovative property search engine. An analysis of the Property Price Register by Perfect Property shows that the average sold price of […]

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Biggest Ever Peer to Peer Loan in Ireland Launched

  Biggest Ever Peer to Peer Loan in Ireland Launched

Propertybridges.com, Ireland’s peer to peer lender to the property development marketplace, has launched its biggest loan so far – €750,000 to build two new housing development projects in County Waterford. The PropertyBridges.com plan is to lend across the country to over a 100 plus new housing development projects in the next three years with the […]

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EcoOnline Expands Irish Presence in Limerick

  EcoOnline Expands Irish Presence in Limerick

EcoOnline has officially opened a new 7,000 square ft office in Limerick, doubling its office space in an ongoing commitment to innovation and growth in the Irish and UK market. The office will serve as a centre of excellence and operational centre to support EcoOnline’s existing and expanding high profile client base in Ireland, United […]

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Indeed to Hire 600 Additional Staff in Dublin

  Indeed to Hire 600 Additional Staff in Dublin

Indeed, the world’s largest job site, has announced the creation of 600 new roles at its Dublin-based headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The announcement was made by Indeed CEO Chris Hyams at the company’s newly opened Capital Dock HQ, along with Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, Minister […]

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Strong Start For Irish Commercial Property Investment

  Strong Start For Irish Commercial Property Investment

Irish commercial property investment reached more than €609 million in Q1 2019 marking a strong start to the year, according to BNP Paribas Real Estate. Continued strong interest from overseas investors is evident with large office and residential developments in most demand.
Retail emerged as the second best performing sector in Q1 with €186 million invested […]

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Meetings Booker Wins Enterprise Ireland’s Pioneer Travel Tech Award

  Meetings Booker Wins Enterprise Ireland’s Pioneer Travel Tech Award

Meetings Booker has been named the best product winner of Enterprise Ireland’s Pioneer Travel Tech Award, which showcases and recognizes a new wave of high performing Irish travel tech start-ups.
Meetings Booker is a global leader in meeting venue discovery and online booking, with over 125,000 meeting spaces in 138 countries around the world. The company’s […]

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150 New Jobs For Galway

  150 New Jobs For Galway

Rent the Runway, Inc., the company that created the world’s first living, sustainable closet by enabling women to rent versus buy their clothing, has selected Galway for its first-ever international technology office. The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
Recognising Ireland’s significant technology talent, Rent the Runway aims to hire 150 engineers […]

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Gyproc Continues Monaghan Investments With New Work at Knocknacran

  Gyproc Continues Monaghan Investments With New Work at Knocknacran

Following a competitive tendering process, Gyproc Ireland, which mines gypsum at Knocknacran quarry for use in its factory in Kingscourt, has announced the awarding of an important new contract to Wills Bros. Ltd.  Wills Bros are one of Ireland’s leading civil engineering contractors with experience in large scale infrastructural, industrial and earthworks projects. The contract […]

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Fáilte Ireland Workshops to Commence on ‘Tasty’ New Initiative

  Fáilte Ireland Workshops to Commence on ‘Tasty’ New Initiative

Fáilte Ireland is inviting businesses and individuals interested in providing tourists with a food or drink experience to attend workshops in their local area and find out how they can get involved in their new initiative – ‘Taste the Island – a celebration of Ireland’s food and drink’ which takes place this Autumn. See full list of […]

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Robots and Artificial Intellegence Discussed at ACCA Conference in Sligo

  Robots and Artificial Intellegence Discussed at ACCA Conference in Sligo

The role of robots and Artificial Intelligence in accountancy were among the discussions at the recent ACCA conference hosted by IT Sligo. The national conference gathered some of Ireland’s leading experts in finance and business to discuss the many opportunities and obstacles the industry may face in the future.
The event titled “Technology & Accountancy – […]

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LogMeIn to Create 200 Jobs in Dublin With New Office Expansion in Grand Canal Dock

  LogMeIn to Create 200 Jobs in Dublin With New Office Expansion in Grand Canal Dock

LogMeIn Inc, a leading provider of cloud-based connectivity and recognized as one of the world’s 10 largest public Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies, has officially opened its new international headquarters in the Reflector Building, Grand Canal Dock. The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
A market leader in unified communications and […]

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€600 Million of Investment in Irish Property in Q1 2019

  €600 Million of Investment in Irish Property in Q1 2019

Latest research from JLL, which tracks national investment deals greater than €1 million, indicates that total volumes for Ireland’s investment market totalled close to €600 million for Q1 2019 across 31 deals. Although this is a decrease on volumes compared to previous quarters, this was expected given the strong performance in the market last year […]

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Plastics Action Alliance Sets Targets to Achieve Sustainable Reduction in Use of Plastic

  Plastics Action Alliance Sets Targets to Achieve Sustainable Reduction in Use of Plastic

Plastics Action Alliance, the recently formed group that comprises of 11 leading agricultural processing and food businesses in Ireland, has set out its key objectives. The industry leading group aims to significantly reducing the use of plastic packaging across its members’ operations.
Formed at the end of 2018, the Plastics Action Alliance is a collaboration that […]

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Nearly 45% of Irish Employees Say Their CEO Isn’t Visible to Staff

  Nearly 45% of Irish Employees Say Their CEO Isn’t Visible to Staff

Nearly 45% of employees say that their CEO isn’t visible to staff and discourages them from dropping into their office, according to a new report published by Dublin-based communications agency PR360. Almost 30% of CEOs rarely or never socialise with staff, and a third of employees say that their CEO doesn’t even know their name.
The PR360 […]

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SEAI Leads €2.6 Million European Project to Unlock Potential of Ocean Energy

  SEAI Leads €2.6 Million European Project to Unlock Potential of Ocean Energy

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is leading a new pan-European project, Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN), which aims to accelerate the development of the ocean energy sector. With a three year budget of €2.6 million, SEAI will partner with organisations in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands to explore ways to […]

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The UK National Construction Expo – The Arena MK, Milton Keynes – 1st May 2019

  The UK National Construction Expo – The Arena MK, Milton Keynes – 1st May 2019

The UK National Construction Expo is being held at the Arena MK, Milton Keynes in England on Wednesday, 1st May 2019.
Although British construction activity overall has slowed, chiefly due to businesses continuing to postpone major building projects due to Brexit uncertainty, which is impacting the commercial construction and civil engineering sectors, house building remains buoyant.
Of […]

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Skillnet Ireland Announces New Funding For Businesses to Upskill Employees

  Skillnet Ireland Announces New Funding For Businesses to Upskill Employees

Skillnet Ireland, the national agency responsible for the promotion and facilitation of workforce learning in Ireland has announced up to €2 million worth of funding which is being made available to businesses, industry bodies or enterprise groups who wish to establish a new Skillnet Learning Network. Skillnet Networks are enterprise-led learning networks, working to support businesses, industry […]

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Ireland Remains Cost Competitive But Concern in Certain Areas

  Ireland Remains Cost Competitive But Concern in Certain Areas

The National Competitiveness Council has launched the ‘Cost of Doing Business in Ireland 2019’ report – a report that uses the latest available international data to compare a wide range of costs that Irish businesses face relative to costs in key competitor jurisdictions. The report flags areas where business costs in Ireland are out-of-line with […]

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€3 Million FEXCO-UCC Research Collaboration Launched

  €3 Million FEXCO-UCC Research Collaboration Launched

FINTECHNEXT – a financial technology (fintech) research collaboration between technology company Fexco, University College Cork (UCC) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) – has been launched in Killorglin, County Kerry. The €3 million investment in the project will be provided by Science Foundation Ireland and Fexco in equal parts with critical knowledge and expertise provided by researchers at […]

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EU Foreign Investment Screening Regulation Enters into Force

  EU Foreign Investment Screening Regulation Enters into Force

The new EU framework for the screening of foreign direct investments is now in force. The framework will be instrumental in safeguarding Europe’s security and public order in relation to foreign direct investments coming into the EU.
President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker said: “We need scrutiny over purchases by foreign companies that target Europe’s […]

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Dairygold Delivers a Satisfactory Financial Performance

  Dairygold Delivers a Satisfactory Financial Performance

Dairygold, the dairy co-operative, has announced that its annual turnover rose by €27.4 million to a record €992.9 million in its 2018 financial year. However, the extreme weather conditions experienced in 2018 had a severe impact at farm level. As a co-operative, Dairygold responded by supporting milk and grain prices and introducing a range of […]

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Global Blockchain Association Launched

  Global Blockchain Association Launched

A new international association – International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) – has been launched with the aim of encouraging the global governance and development of blockchain technology. The initiative for INATBA came from several participants in the EU Blockchain Industry Round Table, a European Commission hosted group, which has been working to identify the […]

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THEYA Healthcare Secures €665,000 in Funding and Plans Expansion into US Market

  THEYA Healthcare Secures €665,000 in Funding and Plans Expansion into US Market

THEYA Healthcare, the award winning Irish company which designs and manufactures healthcare garments, has secured €665,000 in funding. The funding, raised from private angel investors and Enterprise Ireland, will facilitate the expansion of the company into the US market. THEYA Healthcare plans to create 4 new sales and marketing jobs to support this strategic expansion.
The company has […]

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EU Commission Confirms Irish Whiskey’s Status as a Geographical Indication

  EU Commission Confirms Irish Whiskey’s Status as a Geographical Indication

The Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) has welcomed the official announcement by the European Commission that Irish whiskey’s status as a Geographical Indication (GI) has been approved. Under a 2008 EU Spirit Regulation, Member States were required to submit to the European Commission a comprehensive technical file for each GI registered, no later than 20 February […]

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Key Advisor Line-up For Waterford North Quays and Michael Street Development Projects

  Key Advisor Line-up For Waterford North Quays and Michael Street Development Projects

Falcon Real Estate Development Ireland, the company that is backing the Waterford North Quays and Michael Street development projects, has appointed its key advisors including the leasing agency and design team for the project. Cushman & Wakefield, a leading global real estate service firm, has been appointed as the leasing agency for the entire North Quays […]

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Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Investing €100 Million to Expand Limerick Facility

  Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Investing €100 Million to Expand Limerick Facility

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Ireland) will be adding approximately 100 new roles as part of a €100 million expansion of its manufacturing operations at its site in the National Technology Park, Plassey, Limerick. The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
Approximately 200 additional workers are expected to be employed in the construction […]

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Easter Timing Slows Sales as St Patrick’s Day Provides a Boost For Grocery Market

  Easter Timing Slows Sales as St Patrick’s Day Provides a Boost For Grocery Market

The latest grocery market share figures, published by Kantar, show that the Irish grocery market grew by 3.2% in the 12 weeks to 24 March 2019. Despite Easter falling three weeks later than last year, and the absence of the extreme weather which provided an unexpected boost for some retailers in 2018, strong overall performance […]

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Grants For SMEs to Save Up to 60% on Lighting Energy Costs

  Grants For SMEs to Save Up to 60% on Lighting Energy Costs

The Government has announced €2 million funding for small and medium-sized businesses to invest in energy efficient lighting. The grant, administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), will cover 30% of the cost of upgrade work and can help save up to 60% on lighting costs.
The grant is open to all small and […]

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South East Business Expo Coincides With New Regional Enterprise Plan

  South East Business Expo Coincides With New Regional Enterprise Plan

More than 450 people visited the recent South East Business Expo, which was held at the WIT Arena in Waterford on 3rd April 2019. The event was timely, following shortly after the Government’s launch of the New Regional Enterprise Plan for the South East.
Featuring 60 exhibitors, the South East Business Expo was designed to bring […]

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Bord Bia and Trainline CEO’s Honoured as UCD Business Alumni of the Year 2019

  Bord Bia and Trainline CEO’s Honoured as UCD Business Alumni of the Year 2019

Tara McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia, and Clare Gilmartin, CEO of Trainline, were both honoured at the recent UCD Business Alumni of the Year 2019 awards dinner at the InterContinental Hotel, Dublin.
Tara McCarthy (pictured left) has over 20 years of experience in the wider food industry. She was previously CEO of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s […]

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