Adrian Weckler: ‘Why cities bend over for tech’

Imagine Google and Facebook employing 20,000 people in Dublin. What sort of power would that bring? What effect would it have on the city, its economy, its infrastructure, its culture? If you don’t think this could happen, think again. Figures last week showed that the two companies now employ 11,000 people between them, with another […]

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Nationwide rents surge 30pc higher than during Celtic Tiger

Rents have risen 30pc above Celtic Tiger rates and reached a record high for the 10th consecutive quarter, according to a new report. The findings by Daft.ie don’t expect the rental hikes to stop any time soon. Nationally, there has been a rise of 11.3pc on last year, with the average monthly rental cost coming […]

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‘Cost of care for our two boys will be more than we pay on mortgage’

Mother Siobhan Redmond will soon be paying more than her monthly mortgage for childcare for her two children. Ms Redmond, from Killester, Dublin, believes the Government should further assist families and the childcare industry in tandem to create a well-run system for all. The 35-year-old financial professional is currently on maternity leave after giving birth […]

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EU digital tax could backfire – Donohoe

The EU’s success as an exporter leaves it vulnerable if tax norms are torn up, which would include creating the digital services tax sought by France and others, Paschal Donohoe has warned. He denied France had offered to make-up for any tax loss to Ireland to win support for its plan. “No such offer has […]

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Ireland confident Merkel’s pledges on Brexit will stick

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to exit politics over two years will weaken her EU power – but Irish officials are confident her Brexit pledges to Ireland still stand. The Irish Government believes Ms Merkel’s surprise announcement that she will begin withdrawing from politics will also have a negative effect on on Brexit, though it […]

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Sick pay delay ‘down to move to new system’

Thousands of people face delay in sick pay, causing unnecessary suffering, the Government has been warned. Fianna Fáil’s welfare spokesman Willie O’Dea has urged Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty to intervene and ensure that every citizen entitled to illness benefit gets their full payment on time. “The issues related to disagreements between GPs and the […]

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Good news for mortgage holders: Rates to stay low as the eurozone flounders

Slowdown: Tracker and standard variable loan-holders to benefit Brexit woes: No deal will pitch Britain into long-lasting recession Hundreds of thousands of mortgage-holders, as well as small businesses, are set for a reprieve on anticipated higher repayments. A slow-down in the economies of countries in the eurozone means an interest rate rise next year is […]

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