Category: Syndicated

UK business leaders urge scrapping of immigration targets after Brexit

Targets to limit immigration should be scrapped after Brexit, UK business lobby group the CBI has recommended. Businesses need a new immigration policy, avoiding visas for EU citizens and putting migration on the table for trade talks, according to its new report ‘Open And Controlled – A New Approach To Migration’. Evidence from 129,000 firms […]

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Revenue increases at Kerry, but currency headwinds impact results

Revenue at Kerry Group rose 1.4pc year-on-year to €3.2bn in the six months to June 30. The growth in revenue reflected volume growth of 3.6pc and a 0.6pc improvement in pricing, as well as the contribution from acquisitions, according to interim results from the group. However the consumer foods business saw its trading margin decrease […]

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Profits jump 80pc at North’s biggest firms

Northern Ireland’s biggest companies have seen their profits increase by almost 80pc in 12 months. This is according to the 2018 ‘Top 100 Companies’ from industry magazine ‘Ulster Business’. Leading the way was Armagh-based poultry producer Moy Park, which reported a turnover of £1.4bn (€1.57bn) over 12 months. This is the seventh year in a […]

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Food sector fears Brexit bottlenecks trade threat

Disruption to supply chains is one of the biggest risks facing the Irish food and drink industry, according to a new report from Bord Bia. As Brexit looms large, the ‘Food and Drink Supply Chain Logistics, Strategies for Success’ report found that increased lead times, especially when related to short shelf life food and drink […]

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Building costs rapidly rising to Celtic Tiger peak: surveyors

Construction costs will surpass 2006 levels this year and are rapidly approaching the highest levels of the Celtic Tiger bubble, according to new figures from the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI). The higher prices have big implications for delivery of the Government’s ‘Ireland 2040’ strategic development plan, in particular for the success and cost […]

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Counties in the west worst hit as 161 postmasters take redundancy

The west of the country looks set to lose dozens of post offices after it was confirmed 161 postmasters have been granted voluntary redundancy. An Post said the 161 postmasters’ offices, from among a network of 1,111, were now “likely” to close. It comes after a leaked document containing a portion of those taking the […]

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Increasing rental income sees profits at Ireland’s biggest private landlord more than double

Profits at Ireland’s biggest private landlord, I-RES Reit, more than doubled to €69.5m in the six months to 30 June. The performance was driven by a 13pc increase in net rental income to €19.3m, according to six month interim results from the group. I-RES Reit also reported an increase in its EPRA earnings for the […]

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The changing world of aviation

Globally, there are four big trends reshaping the aviation industry, which aviation companies and the Irish government alike must plan for. For half a century, the largest western airlines had the market for intercontinental air services to themselves. Now, competition for long-haul traffic is fierce, with the ‘Gulf Three’ diverting passengers who would previously have […]

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€1K ‘Granny Grant’ proposed for grandparents who help with childcare in Budget talks

Grandparents who help out with childcare would receive a €1,000 annual payment under plans outlined by Independent ministers in Budget negotiations. The self-assessed payment would be available to all grandparents who care for their grandchildren for more than 10 hours per week. In their first negotiations with Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe ahead of the Budget, […]

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Trump and Brexit boost Silicon Docks

The rapid growth of Dublin’s Silicon Docks is being fuelled by a combination of US president Donald Trump’s stance on immigration and ongoing uncertainty in relation to the attitude of the UK authorities to foreign workers post-Brexit. That’s the message Hibernia Reit CEO Kevin Nowlan says his company has been hearing from its tech-sector tenants […]

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