Author: Practicenet

Proximity to school now a priority for a third of young housebuyers

More than one-third of property buyers in the 25 to 45 age group are moving house on the grounds of securing proximity to a target school or to locate in its catchment area, it can be revealed. Agents with both of Ireland’s largest estate agency networks said that increased pressure on school places through the […]

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Irish firms increasingly hopeful of Brexit upside

Almost one in four Irish companies believe that Brexit will affect them positively, up from 14pc this time last year, according to a survey by the Dublin Chamber. The survey, carried out amongst 359 companies, found that the number of firms that believe Brexit will hit them negatively fell slightly in the 12 months to […]

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Excellence friendliest town awards

Five towns across Ireland are vying with one another to win the Retail Excellence Friendliest Town in Ireland Ennis, Swords, Limerick City, Trim and Waterford City have been shortlisted for the award which will be announced on 9 November in Killarney. The annual awards are designed to drive standards in retail operations and town centers throughout […]

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Irish shipping volumes rise by 1pc in three months

Shipping and port activity in the Republic of Ireland rose by 1pc in the three months to 30 June when compared to the corresponding period of 2016. Unitised traffic – which consists of Roll-on/Roll-off and Lift-on/Lift-off traffic – continued to rise, growing by 3pc year-on-year, according to the latest iShip Index published by the Irish […]

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Just 1 in 4 drivers considering adding partner to reduce insurance premiums

Just over a quarter of Irish motorists describe themselves as “very likely” to add another driver to their policy in an attempt to reduce their motor insurance costs, according to an AA car insurance survey. An additional 9.7pc of the 3,000+ Irish motorists surveyed stated they were “somewhat likely” to add another name to their […]

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Your last-minute lesson on how to cut big back-to-school bills

With only a week to go before schools around the country start to reopen after the summer break, many parents are facing bills of almost €2,000 to put one child through school for the year. A new survey by mummypages.ie has found that parents can expect to pay €1,834 to put a child through secondary […]

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€75m plan to roll out compressed natural gas filling stations

Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) is planning a €75m investment to roll out filling stations for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. The commercial semi-state body has been working on a station in Dublin Port, which is due to become operational by the end of this year. “The initial view is we roll out 14 stations but […]

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Euro drops on ECB fears the currency is now too strong

The euro’s gains against currencies including the dollar and the pound have been enough to alarm European Central Bank policymakers, who fear the currency could overshoot beyond levels justified by growth. The concerns were raised when rate-setters met on July 20 to discuss policy, and are including in minutes of the event published yesterday. The […]

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Ireland ‘ideally positioned’ to be a global leader in wave and tidal energy

Ireland is “ideally positioned” to become a global leader in wave and tidal energy production, according to the organiser of an international conference being held in Cork at the end of this month. More than 400 experts, entrepreneurs and researchers will attend the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference in Cork this month. “With our […]

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Private data exchange between businesses set to surpass the internet

The bandwidth used in private data exchange between businesses will be six times that of the internet by 2020, with interconnection bandwidth outpacing growth of the internet by nearly two to one. According to interconnection and data centre company Equinix, who have produced the Global Interconnection Index, global interconnection bandwidth – which is the total […]

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