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Johnson to set out position on Brexit negotiations

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will today set out his position on the future of the Brexit negotiations. Last night, there was a firm message from EU leaders in Brussels that the UK had to compromise on the key outstanding issues if there was to be an agreement. The UK’s chief negotiator David Frost said […]

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Budget measures could see 35,000 new homes a year – CIF

The supply of new homes here could reach the required 35,000 per annum within years, as a result of initiatives announced in Budget 2021, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) says. It estimates that 9,000 homes could be built through the new affordability scheme announced by the Government yesterday. These would otherwise not have been constructed […]

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What essential retailers can remain open under Level 4?

As Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan move to Level 4 in the Living with Covid-19 framework, business owners, service providers and consumers will be wondering what is allowed to stay open and what must close. Here is a list of all the retailers that the Government has deemed “essential” and can remain open. 1.  Outlets selling food, beverages or newspapers on a […]

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European leaders gather for two-day summit that will assess EU-UK negotiations

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will join other EU leaders in Brussels this afternoon for a two-day summit in which they will assess the prospects for a breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations. It will be the first time in nearly a year that EU leaders will have taken part in a detailed discussion about the future EU-UK relationship. […]

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Retention and creation of jobs central focus of Budget 2021

Jobs were always going to be centre stage in Budget 2021 – not just creating new ones, but clinging on desperately to the imperiled ones that already exist. The figures cited by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in his budget speech were stark. The Government is forecasting a total loss of approximately 320,000 jobs in […]

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Tourism VAT rate cut to 9% from 13.5%

The VAT rate for the hospitality and tourism sector will be cut from 13.5% to 9% with effect from November 1, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has announced. He said he was making the VAT cut in recognition of the “unprecedented challenges” facing particular sectors of the economy. As part of the July Stimulus, the […]

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EU summit to say Brexit progress ‘still not sufficient’

European Union leaders meeting in Brussels tomorrow and on Friday to discuss Brexit will say that progress in talks with Britain is “still not sufficient” to seal a new trade deal, according to a draft summit decision seen by Reuters.  As the year-end deadline approaches to put in place a new relationship, the 27 national […]

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Domestic growth lagged pre-Covid

Multinational corporations (MNCs) were already outpacing indigenous firms in Ireland before Covid made business conditions more difficult for the domestic sector. Sectors dominated by foreign-owned companies – such as IT and pharmaceuticals – grew by 6.9pc in 2019, while domestic sectors grew by 4.5pc, according to gross value added (GVA) figures from the Central Statistics […]

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Sterling holds above $1.30 ahead of new lockdown measures

Sterling edged lower against the dollar today, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expected to announce new restrictions as the Covid-19 outbreak accelerates, but hopes for a Brexit deal kept the currency above the key $1.30 level.  Boris Johnson was due to hold a meeting of the government’s emergency COBRA committee and then address parliament. […]

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From a €4bn ‘super fund’ to the PUP Christmas bonus: Everything we know about Budget 2021 so far

Tomorrow the Government will reveal details of the Budget 2021. Here’s everything we know so far… ■ Between €4bn and €5bn for a ‘super fund’ to deal with the twin-threat posed by Covid-19 and Brexit is being discussed. It is unclear whether the planned National Recovery Fund will form part of this or is separate. ■ […]

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