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Clear signs of confidence returning to consumers following the recession

The retail sector is showing signs of a sustained recovery for the first time since the crash, but the industry is still rife with problems, a trade group has warned. In its report on the state of the sector between […]

Ireland sheds status as one of euro zone’s weakest members

Ireland’s bond rally has already allowed it to shed the stigma attached to the euro-region’s weakest members. Next stop: joining the area’s strongest. Though yields on 10-year Irish government bonds have plunged to 1.2 per cent from 14.2 per cent […]

Economy to grow by 5.5pc this year – Goodbody

Goodbody Stockbrokers has dramatically upgraded its growth forecasts for the Irish economy this year to 5.5pc from a previous forecast of 4.3pc. he stockbroking firm said Ireland is experiencing its most promising economic expansion since the 1990s.

Almost half of Irish firms turning to automation to streamline business

Almost half of Irish businesses have either automated some of their business functions or intend to do so over the next year, according to new research. The Grant Thornton International Business Report also found that the rate of automation in […]

AIB creates €5m fund for tech start-ups

A €5m equity fund has been established by AIB to to assist start-up companies in the sustainable technologies sector. CEO Bernard Byrne said AIB is committed to further developing support plans for green technologies because “there is a gap in […]

Small businesses to get access to low-interest asset-backed loans funded by the State

The government’s new bank is funnelling hundreds of millions into asset-backed loans. The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI), which was set up last year to provide low-cost loans to small businesses, has selected asset-backed finance for its next round […]

Good vibrations: Irish SMEs have a positive outlook for 2016 – but challenges remain

Ireland’s small business owners have reported their most positive outlook since the start of the recession, but are still hampered by lack of access to credit and red tape. Irish business owners are positive about the outlook for their businesses […]

Taking out cover for the unthinkable

Investing in your child can also mean ensuring they are looked after if you die. Besides budgeting for essential things like childcare and day-to-day school costs and maybe a bigger car, many parents willingly spend hundreds – if not thousands […]

Irish have no spare cash to put into savings

One in three Irish adults are unable to save because they have no spare cash. And many of those who are saving feel they are not putting enough money aside, according to the Nationwide UK (Ireland) Savings Index.

Q&A: Can I still claim relief on rental property?

No new investment after July 2008 qualifies for relief under Countrywide Refurbishment scheme. Having inherited a house in very poor condition I had it refurbished and rented it out, claiming tax relief under the Countrywide Refurbishment Scheme. The relief is […]

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