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Food for thought when raising funding for new equipment

Q: I have an early-stage food business and I am looking for an investor as I need to fund additional equipment etc? Can you direct me? A: This is a classic case of the chicken and the eg [...]

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Haven cuts its mortgage rates for new and existing borrowers

Lender Haven has cut its mortgage rates for new and existing borrowers. The move follows reductions last month from its parent AIB and are similar in magnitude. The variable rate will f [...]

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Huge build-up of tax appeal cases

THERE has been a call for changes to the tax appeals regime after it emerged that thousands of taxpayers are in dispute with Revenue. Such is the backlog that it could take up to 10 year [...]

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Economy will suffer unless we can make Ireland a better place to live and work

Real pressure points are forming in the economy. The favourable winds that helped bring our unemployment rate down from 15pc in 2011 to below 7pc now are shifting. One of the problems for Ireland is [...]

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Almost 5,000 rental properties in the pipeline for South Dublin

Up to 4,700 residential rental units are in the pipeline for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council area. This could generate a 29pc increase in rental accommodation units in the area where [...]

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Microsoft to create 200 new jobs in Dublin

Microsoft is to create 200 new jobs at its Inside Sales organisation in Dublin. The roles will be in the area of technical and solutions sales specialists. In addition the company is [...]

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Here's how much house prices are rising every day around the country with no slowdown in sight

House prices are expected to increase by at least 10pc next year as economists warn Irelandís housing crisis wonít be solved any time soon. Asking prices for houses in Dublin jumped by a [...]

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Ten things women need to know about pensions

Women get a raw deal on pensions. Fewer of them work outside the home, and they often get paid less when they do take up paid employment. Many work only part-time. All this means that th [...]

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Supporting female entrepreneurship benefits everyone

When women play a smaller role in growing the economy, we all lose out. Women make up 50pc of the population and the female employment rate is more than 55pc. Yet until a few years ago, [...]

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Women fear they won't have enough to fund retirement

Large numbers of women are worried they will not have enough money when they retire, with fewer men concerned about a funds shortfall. Most women are unsure of how much they will need fo [...]

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Jobless figure lowest since 2008

Over 48,000 unemployed people got jobs in the last year as the number of people out of work plummeted to its lowest point in nine years. There are now 2,063,000 people in employment as t [...]

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Reprieve for 'Help-to-Buy' scheme on cards after backing

Moves by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to scrap the 'Help-to-Buy' scheme may be in doubt after the State-backed lender charged with ramping up house building endorsed the policy. It pro [...]

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Brexit transition period could last up to four years - Coveney

A post Brexit transition period could last up to four years, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said. Mr Coveney said the longer the transition period the better from an Irish pe [...]

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Those who opt for the scheme will lose ownership of their homes, but won't have to move

The enhanced mortgage-to-rent scheme launched by mortgage campaigner David Hall offers hope to thousands of families trapped in an arrears nightmare. The scheme enables a housing body ta [...]

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'Fast-track' plans for over 2,000 homes hit by delays

Housing minister Eoghan Murphy's hope that the Government's 'fast-track' planning application system for large-scale housing developments would speed up the delivery of new homes has been dealt an ear [...]

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Families who can't pay mortgage to rent back their homes in new deal

Families who are in deep arrears have been given fresh hope that they will be able to stay in their homes - as renters. Mortgage campaigner David Hall has done a deal with AIB to buy out [...]

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Dozens of firms take up Brexit grant offer

Around three exporting companies a week on average have been approved for a state-backed Brexit-ready grant since June. The Be Prepared Grant rolled out by Enterprise Ireland (EI) provid [...]

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EU plan to raise tax on digital firms 'may hurt investment'

EUROPEAN Commission plans to increase taxes on digital firms risk undermining growth and could stifle global efforts to find common solutions to tax issue, US companies operating in the EU said yester [...]

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Renters paying twice as much as mortgage holders

In some Dublin areas it has become twice as expensive to rent as it is to buy, and renters are moving back in with their parents in increasing numbers in a move to try get on the property ladder.

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