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Consumers advised to ‘review before you renew’ health insurance as part of new campaign

A new campaign has been launched to encourage health insurance policy holders to review their existing plan before renewal. The Health Insurance Authority (HIA) has introduced ‘Review before you renew’ which kicks off today across print, radio, TV and digital. Some 2,166,000 people were insured with inpatient health insurance plans at the end of September […]

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How to rival Dublin’s tech scene

How should places outside Dublin compete for tech investment? This continues to be a big issue. Dublin soars, others struggle. So what should smaller towns do? Here are the factors that count when building a regional tech ecosystem. 1. The importance of local champions You can have all the IDA, Enterprise Ireland, task forces and […]

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Taxback International to create 80 jobs in Kilkenny

Taxback International, a VAT recovery specialist, is to create 80 jobs at its Kilkenny headquarters. The roles are being created across a number of departments to deal with an increased demand for the company’s services from both Irish and international clients. Recruitment for the roles has already started, with positions ranging from graduate to senior […]

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Pay increases of up to 12pc expected for entry level jobs

Massive pay hikes of 7pc to 12pc over two years are expected for entry level jobs in some specialist fields – including law and data security. Economist have tipped overall wage growth of around 2pc in the economy this year. Many had expected that pace to slacken next year after public sector increases had worked […]

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Five personalised marketing experiences shoppers want

Facing into the busy festive shopping period brands will no doubt be trying to entice consumers to spend as much as possible. With this in mind, before are five things that global consultants McKinsey & Company say that consumers want from online personalised marketing. One – Relevant recommendations they would not have thought of themselves […]

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Tax authorities warn online bargain hunters

BARGAIN-hunters who buy online have been warned they could end up with a tax bill that will wipe out any savings they thought they had secured. Most goods bought from outside the European Union (EU) will be liable to tax and duty if they are over a certain value, Revenue warned. Officials from the tax […]

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Irish retailers fear online festive sales threat

Almost three-quarters of Irish retailers believe the biggest challenge facing them is the increasing dominance online sellers such as Amazon. But retailers here expect to generate just 25pc of their Christmas sales from online channels, according to a report from Barclays Bank Ireland. The new survey found that Irish retailers are more positive about general […]

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Recent European defeats show it is time we faced home truths about our standing

Losing out to Paris in the bid to land the European Banking Authority (EBA) this week, wasn’t quite our Thierry Henry moment. After all, the French didn’t cheat. And in fact, there wasn’t even any extra time played, or penalties after the bids from Dublin and Paris secured the same number of votes. No, instead […]

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How online sales can make it the season to be jolly

The holiday season is now as well known for its landmark online shopping days as it is for goodwill and cheer. From the now famous Black Friday through to the ‘Mondays’ – Cyber, Manic and Panic, to the huge Chinese Singles’ Day – consumers have more discount days than ever at their disposal and it […]

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Cautious outlook for many Irish firms as pace of growth slackens off

Irish companies are reporting a slight slackening off in the pace of growth, and most say they aren’t seeing evidence of overheating in their own environment. Pay is on the rise across the economy, with increases of 2pc seen as the norm for 2018, but very few firms are seeing either no rise or increases […]

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