Ibec expects employment growth to slow down in 2019

Ibec expects employment growth to slow down in 2019 The organisation representing employers here has warned the biggest challenge facing business is the ongoing capacity constraints in the labour market. Ibec says the shortages will cause growth in employment to slow this year as the economy approaches full employment and firms struggle to fill vacancies. […]

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Booming economy sees incomes soar to record levels

Booming economy sees incomes soar to record levels Household income is at a record high and continuing to grow sharply, underpinned by jobs and investment, according to a new report. In contrast to the Celtic Tiger, when notional wealth was linked in many cases to debt-funded property assets, rising incomes are underpinned by what are […]

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Controversial copyright reforms get backing of EU countries

Controversial copyright reforms get backing of EU countries European Union countries have adopted copyright reforms championed by news publishers and the media business, but opposed by US tech giants like Google. EU countries adopted the reforms that were agreed last month by the European Parliament, they said in a statement. “The new rules ensure adequate […]

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Trade surplus drops by 12% in February – CSO

Trade surplus drops by 12% in February – CSO New preliminary figures from the Central Statistics Office show the volume of exports decreased by €604m, or 4%, to stand at €13.22 billion in February compared with January. The CSO also said that imports increased by €265m, or 4%, to €6.925 billion. This resulted in a […]

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EU gets green light for US trade talks

EU gets green light for US trade talks EU countries gave initial clearance yesterday to start formal trade talks with the United States, EU sources said, in a move designed, but not guaranteed, to smooth strained relations between the world’s two largest economies. The European Commission has sought clearance for two negotiating mandates – one […]

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Ireland records the highest start-up figures in 13 years

Ireland records the highest start-up figures in 13 years An average of 71 companies were set up every day in Ireland during the first three months of 2019. This is despite Brexit uncertainty and concerns about a slowdown in the global economy. The largest number of companies was founded in the professional services sector, according […]

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€8.6bn invested in Irish office space since 2013

€8.6bn invested in Irish office space since 2013 Almost €8.6 billion has been invested in Irish office property over the past six years, according to a report from Savills. It said that low interest rates and a rapid growth in services-based employment has driven demand for office space in Ireland, particularly in Dublin. The report […]

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High costs pose threat to business competitiveness – NCC report

High costs pose threat to business competitiveness – NCC report The National Competitiveness Council has warned that rising rents, the increasing cost of labour, and a high marginal tax rate pose possible threats to the competitiveness of businesses in Ireland. Its Cost of Doing Business in Ireland report also cautions that above European Union average […]

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