Bad debts cost Irish SMEs €1.7bn a year

Irish SMEs are writing off €1.7bn every year due to bad debts, according to a new report.

Work permit rules now under review

Heather Humphreys has said she won’t rush into a decision to relax the work-permits regime to let in low-skilled workers from outside Europe.

Irish households have ‘never been better off’ – employers’ group

Irish households have never been better off and now have a combined €4bn more of savings than they owe in debts.

Supermac’s Pat McDonagh to spearhead insurance group battling for reforms

A PRESSURE group is set to launch in the coming week to fight for changes to ensure lower insurance costs for businesses.

Leading Irish supermarket confirms it will pay all staff the living wage

A leading Irish supermarket has confirmed it will pay all staff the so-called ‘living-wage’ of €11.70 an hour.

Employment in multinationals reaches a record high

The number of people employed in multinationals has reached a record high of over 210,000, the IDA has said.

Services sector enjoys strong finish to 2017

The services sector has enjoyed a strong finish to 2017, according to the latest Investec Services PMI Ireland report.

State pulls in highest ever amount of tax with a record €50bn

The tax take for last year reached a record high of just over €50bn.

Plans for huge offshore wind farms will require port infrastructure upgrades

“Mega” offshore wind projects off Ireland’s coast will require increased investment in the country’s port infrastructure, according to a Dublin-based consultant engineering group.

Ireland up in global economic table – but Asia on the rise

Ireland has risen two places in a global economic ranking, but is expected to fall over the next decade as Asian economies leapfrog those in the west.

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