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Ireland more competive than the UK, global report shows

Ireland has shot up a global ranking measuring competitiveness. The country has surged from 16th place last year, to seventh now, according to the latest analysis from the Swiss-based IMD World Competitiveness Center. Ireland is considerably ahead of the UK in 18th place, which flies in the face of criticisms made by businesses that Britain […]

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Shell becomes a player in the recovery of oil

The latest recession in the oil sector has thrown up some truly remarkable business paradoxes. Imagine, if you can, a company which suffers a $200bn plunge in revenues and sees its operating profits collapse by 93pc. Imagine that company surviving such a life-threatening trauma but being resilient enough to get stuck into the acquisition of […]

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Amazon to create 500 new jobs in Dublin base

Tech giant Amazon is to create 500 new jobs in Dublin over the next two years as the firm bids to up its European headcount. Amazon, which is headed up by Silicon Valley chief Jeff Bezos, is looking to add data centre technicians, software engineers, and customer support staff. The announcement is part of the […]

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How to knock €138K off your mortgage

You could shave hundreds of thousands off your mortgage by switching lender, writes Louise McBride Homeowners can save tens of thousands of euro more by switching mortgage today than they would have had they switched a year-and-a-half ago. A series of interest rate cuts by some of the country’s main banks – along with the […]

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Servicing State debt ‘costs each worker €3,400 in tax a year’

The interest on the national debt is costing each worker in the State €3,400 in tax per year, the head of the National Treasury Management Agency has revealed. That compares with €900 in 2007, NTMA chief executive Conor O’Kelly said. The debt pile is €207bn, the equivalent of €102,000 per employee, he added. “That is […]

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State to get €275m from liquidation of former Anglo Irish Bank – estimates

The state is expected to get €275m from the liquidation of the former Anglo Irish Bank by the end of this year, according to the best estimate of liquidators Kieran Wallace and Eamonn Richardson. The special liquidators hope to pay an interim dividend of 25pc to all unsecured creditors by the end of 2016. But […]

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Brexit would be serious risk to global economic growth: G7 leaders

A British exit from the European Union would be a serious risk to global economic growth, Group of Seven leaders said in a summit declaration on Friday, although German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the issue had not been discussed. The statement will be welcomed by the British government, which has made a series of warnings […]

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Oil above $50 a barrel for first time in 2016

Oil has surged about 80 per cent since dropping to the lowest since 2003 in January Brent crude rose above $50 a barrel for the first time in more than six months as a drop in US stockpiles accelerated a rebound from a 12-year low after global disruptions trimmed the market’s glut. Futures rose as […]

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Finance, property sector saw 7% earnings increase in first quarter

Rise came as average weekly earnings across economy rose by 1% – CSO Average weekly earnings in the financial, insurance and property sector rose by almost 7 per cent to €1,161.75 in the first quarter of the year, when compared to the same period 12 months previously. New data from the the Central Statistics Office […]

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State forestry agency Coillte sees profits soar to €47m

STATE forestry agency Coillte generated profits last year of €47.6m, two thirds more than the previous year. The company paid a dividend to the State €5m. Last year saw the company agree the sale of land in Ballymahon in Co. Longford to holiday resort company Center Parcs, a deal that was the catalyst for €230m […]

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