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War games bring hackers in from cold as cybersecurity threat grows

A major shipping company is under attack. With help from a corrupt executive, an international hacking syndicate called Scorpius, has penetrated the computer networks of Fast Freight Ltd. [...]

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Job vacancies for professionals jump 9pc in 'record month'

The number of professional job vacancies in Ireland rose by 9pc month-on-month in October, in what was a record month in terms of jobs announcements, a new study has found. However, the [...]

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More difficult to buy a home now than in the 1980s

With rents above boom-time levels, and prices quickly playing catch-up, housing affordability has become a real issue over recent years. But is it more difficult for a young couple today [...]

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Revealed: How many new homes are sold each month - and where the hotspots are

Just over 450 new homes are being sold every month as the lack of supply fuels price hikes. An analysis of figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows that since the beginning [...]

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Public servants escape new pension rules

Public servants are escaping new pension rules that delay the payment of the State pension. The State contributory pension is now only paid from the age of 66, meaning that thousands of pe [...]

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Sale of household goods soar despite housing shortage

Spending on household goods is up 12.7pc this year, as people’s disposable income continues to rise. The volume of retail sales, which represents real growth, has grown rapidly since 201 [...]

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Making time for marketing crucial for business success

Q I run a beauty salon in a small regional town. We are not great at marketing and our sales can only be described as modest. Are there any tips you could give us? You are correct to lin [...]

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Accounting software specialist doing it by the books with its cloud service

While certain sectors of business have been radically altered over time, others have changed mostly in how they are conducted. For many years Michael Gilmartin and his partner supplied ever [...]

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Boyne Valley food export hub set to create 2,500 jobs

The establishment of a major food industry hub in the Boyne Valley region is set to create 2,500 jobs by 2025, the Sunday Independent has learned. The Boyne Valley Food Innovation Distri [...]

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Irish start-up Zeeko secures funding of €100,000 to investigate side effects of virtual reality (VR) tech on children's health

An Irish EdTech firm has secured over €100,000 in funding to launch a new project which will investigate how virtual reality (VR) technology impacts children's health. Enterprise Ireland h [...]

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Household debt now at its lowest level since 2005

Household debt is now at its lowest level since 2005, and is over 30pc lower than its 2008 peak, according to the latest accounts from the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI). During the three [...]

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Top employer offering loans so new staff can afford to rent in Dublin

One of the country's biggest employers of new graduates has been forced to introduce interest-free loans to help new recruits secure rental accommodation in Dublin. The country managing [...]

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Word of mouth is most powerful tool to build a business

Q - I run a butcher shop and while I have ample parking at my shop, lots of people in the area still don't know I am here, how can I increase awareness? A - We can talk about the practic [...]

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'Huge opportunity' for Ireland to take a leading role in cyber-crime fight, Tánaiste tells high-level conference

There is a "huge opportunity" for Ireland to be at the leading edge of the emerging cyber-security industry, Tánaiste and Enterprise Minister Frances Fitzgerald told delegates at a leading industry co [...]

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Sterling gains on the euro ahead of rate hike

Sterling has jumped to a four- and-a-half month high against the euro amid stronger manufacturing data out of the UK. It comes ahead of a much anticipated Bank of England meeting today i [...]

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How lean helps firms mean business and be competitive

Working from an island, as exporters do in Ireland, forces us to be more competitive than companies in markets we sell to. Products and services that businesses develop here must offer c [...]

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Eurozone economic sentiment at highest since 2001

Eurozone economic sentiment rose in October for the fifth consecutive month to reach its highest level since the start of 2001, showing almost no impact from the Catalan crisis, according to European [...]

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How to hedge against currency volatility

he value of any currency can, and does, fluctuate over time due to the many economic, fiscal or political vagaries that face any economy, and in turn their domestic currency. The outcome [...]

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Over half of Irish businesses expect a cyber attack on their operations by year end

More than half of Irish businesses expect a cyber attack on their operations by the end of 2017 while 36pc have already experienced one this year, according to the results of a new survey. [...]

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Warning hard Brexit could leave Border region further behind

How to deal with the Border issue post-Brexit looks increasingly intractable. Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has argued we are on the cusp of agreement on maintaining the Common Travel A [...]

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