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Government’s €300m Brexit funding scheme for SMEs opens

Government’s €300m Brexit funding scheme for SMEs opens Small and medium sized businesses here, as well as farmers, can now apply for loans under the Government’s Future Loan Scheme. The initiative aims to support strategic long-term investment in the post-Brexit environment where financing options may be restricted. Money borrowed can be use for a variety… Read more »

Home improvements and energy upgrades drive €2.47 billion spend

Home improvements and energy upgrades drive €2.47 billion spend Irish homeowners have spent a total of €2.471 billion through the Home Renovation Incentive since its launch in 2013. The scheme, which concluded at the end of last year, facilitated homeowners in carrying out nearly 150,000 home improvement projects over the last four years. The projects… Read more »

Ibec expects employment growth to slow down in 2019

Ibec expects employment growth to slow down in 2019 The organisation representing employers here has warned the biggest challenge facing business is the ongoing capacity constraints in the labour market. Ibec says the shortages will cause growth in employment to slow this year as the economy approaches full employment and firms struggle to fill vacancies…. Read more »

Booming economy sees incomes soar to record levels

Booming economy sees incomes soar to record levels Household income is at a record high and continuing to grow sharply, underpinned by jobs and investment, according to a new report. In contrast to the Celtic Tiger, when notional wealth was linked in many cases to debt-funded property assets, rising incomes are underpinned by what are… Read more »

Controversial copyright reforms get backing of EU countries

Controversial copyright reforms get backing of EU countries European Union countries have adopted copyright reforms championed by news publishers and the media business, but opposed by US tech giants like Google. EU countries adopted the reforms that were agreed last month by the European Parliament, they said in a statement. “The new rules ensure adequate… Read more »

Trade surplus drops by 12% in February – CSO

Trade surplus drops by 12% in February – CSO New preliminary figures from the Central Statistics Office show the volume of exports decreased by €604m, or 4%, to stand at €13.22 billion in February compared with January. The CSO also said that imports increased by €265m, or 4%, to €6.925 billion. This resulted in a… Read more »

EU gets green light for US trade talks

EU gets green light for US trade talks EU countries gave initial clearance yesterday to start formal trade talks with the United States, EU sources said, in a move designed, but not guaranteed, to smooth strained relations between the world’s two largest economies. The European Commission has sought clearance for two negotiating mandates – one… Read more »