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Business insurance costs up 15% despite reforms survey finds

The cost of insurance for businesses and voluntary groups continues to rise despite reductions in the value of certain personal injury awards introduced earlier this year, a new survey has found. The Alliance for Insurance Reform says recent insurance renewal costs are up 15% on average, despite the changes made by the Judicial Council being […]

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1 in 4 expect to pay mortgage or rent in retirement

One in four householders believe they will still be paying off their mortgage or paying rent when they retire, according to research from insurer Aviva. The belief is most prevalent among women in the 35-44 year age category. However, a surprisingly large proportion of people aged over 55 – about a fifth – said they […]

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State pension hike and retirement age stasis threaten sustainability of pension system – report

The increase in the state pension in last week’s budget together with the decision not to raise the retirement age are impacting on the sustainability of the overall pension system here, according to an international ranking of pension regimes carried out by consultants Mercer. The Mercer CFA Institute Global Pension Index (MCGPI) is a comprehensive […]

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Concerns about productivity drop with hybrid working

One in four employers say they are concerned about a possible decline in productivity as they move to a hybrid working model. The finding is contained in a survey of 160 businesses here carried out by professional services firm Aon. About 60% of the businesses said they were unclear as to whether the complexity of […]

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Concerns about productivity drop with hybrid working

One in four employers say they are concerned about a possible decline in productivity as they move to a hybrid working model. The finding is contained in a survey of 160 businesses here carried out by professional services firm Aon. About 60% of the businesses said they were unclear as to whether the complexity of […]

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EU ‘won’t let Ireland be singled out’ in NI Protocol row

Ireland’s EU Commissioner has said Europe will not allow Ireland to be singled out in the fallout if negotiations on the Northern Ireland Protocol end in failure. Mairead McGuinness was commenting on the potential for the country to be disproportionately affected if there is a breakdown of the Brexit trading arrangement designed to prevent a […]

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Will inflation change the facts after Budget 2022?

In the run up to the Budget, the Government’s plans had been characterised as potentially “risky” and at the limit of what could be considered “prudent” by the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. But on Budget night, according to IFAC, the Government had put the economy on “a more prudent path”. What fiscal miracle had occurred? […]

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Personal injury awards down 40% due to new guidelines, report finds

The value of average awards for personal injuries made by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) has fallen by 40% from last year’s levels, following the introduction of new Judicial Council guidelines in April. New research by PIAB shows that between 27 April and the end of September, average awards dropped from €23,877 to €14,233. […]

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Brexit Impact Loan Scheme opens for applications

The Brexit Impact Loan Scheme, which is designed to help SMEs, farmers and fishers respond to the impact of Brexit has opened for applications today. The €330m scheme is the successor to the Brexit Loan Scheme, and is open to businesses in the primary agriculture and seafood sectors. The scheme provides low cost loans of […]

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Budget to compensate most households for price growth – ESRI

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has said Budget 2022 will on average compensate most households for price growth forecast for next year. In its post-Budget analysis to be presented today, the ESRI said above inflation increases to core social welfare payments as well as supplemental payments for dependents and those living alone are […]

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