Dislike: Millions of young people are quitting Facebook

Young people are turning their backs on Facebook, according to a new report. Two million people under the age of 25 will stop using the social network this year, research firm eMarketer predicted. Facebook has a “teen problem”, the company said, adding that it expects fewer and fewer young social media users to continue to […]

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Enterprise offices help create 4,000 startup jobs

ALMOST 4,000 jobs were created last year by startups and small businesses backed by their Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs). This brings the total number of jobs created by LEO-supported companies to 15,000 since the LEOs were established in 2014. Yesterday’s announcement of some 3,700 jobs created in 2017 was welcomed by the Minister for Business, […]

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Consumer sentiment reaches 17 year high

Consumer sentiment rose to a 17 year high in January, as people start to feel the benefits of the economic recovery. The latest KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI consumer sentiment index found that the sentiment increased to 110.4 in January, from 103.2 in December. This is the highest level of confidence seen from consumers since February 2001. […]

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Confidence builds in construction sector

The construction sector here made a strong start to the year, posting faster increases in activity, new orders and employment, as well as seeing confidence improve again. But input costs rose to their highest extent in 11 years. That’s according to the Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index. It rose to 61.4 in January, from […]

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Number of regular savers drops in January

The proportion of people saving regularly dropped to 50pc in January from 53pc in December. In addition, consumers also felt more dissatisfied with the amount that they were saving, with half of people surveyed of the view that they were saving less than they should in January, up from 45pc in December. When consumers were […]

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Voice-activation will change marketing – and our lives

A little bit of Irish radio history was made last week when the country’s commercial radio sector came together with RTÉ to launch a new voice-activated version of the popular Irish Radio Player on Amazon’s Alexa platform. In case you are not familiar with it, the Irish Radio Player is a useful one-stop shop for […]

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Companies urged to look at steps to reduce the plastics problem

Today, just 2pc of the plastic on the global market is being turned into new packaging. And Ireland is a big offender, ranked at the top of European Union countries as the biggest producer of plastic waste in Europe, according to recent Eurostat figures. Last month in Dublin frustration literally spilled on to the streets […]

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Love a good bargain

It’s that time of year when love’s young dream needs to ditch the dreaming for a day and dig into the pocket instead to show their other half how much they really mean to them. Valentine’s Day may be simply another Hallmark holiday to you, or a bit of a laugh, or you’re excitedly awaiting […]

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When a startup needs to recruit staff, it becomes the candidate

As your startup grows, you’ll need to start hiring. How do you conduct interviews for your startup to help you recruit the best candidates? If you’re been following this startup diary, you might recognise that as a trick question. Traditional interviews are a low information ritual at best, and a serious waste of everybody’s time […]

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Ireland’s first live 5G demo hosted by Vodafone at Dublin’s Trinity College

Ireland’s first successful live demonstration of 5G technology was carried out at an event in Dublin’s Trinity College. Vodafone Ireland and Ericsson achieved 15 Gigabit per second speeds with a latency of less than five milliseconds at the Douglas Hyde Gallery. In addition to showcasing “the 5G speeds of the future”, Vodafone also tested pre-standard […]

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