Irish firms increasingly hopeful of Brexit upside

Almost one in four Irish companies believe that Brexit will affect them positively, up from 14pc this time last year, according to a survey by the Dublin Chamber.

Excellence friendliest town awards

Five towns across Ireland are vying with one another to win the Retail Excellence Friendliest Town in Ireland Ennis, Swords, Limerick City, Trim and Waterford City have been shortlisted for the award which will be announced on 9 November in Killarney.

Irish shipping volumes rise by 1pc in three months

Shipping and port activity in the Republic of Ireland rose by 1pc in the three months to 30 June when compared to the corresponding period of 2016.

Just 1 in 4 drivers considering adding partner to reduce insurance premiums

Just over a quarter of Irish motorists describe themselves as “very likely” to add another driver to their policy in an attempt to reduce their motor insurance costs, according to an AA car insurance survey.

Your last-minute lesson on how to cut big back-to-school bills

With only a week to go before schools around the country start to reopen after the summer break, many parents are facing bills of almost €2,000 to put one child through school for the year.

€75m plan to roll out compressed natural gas filling stations

Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) is planning a €75m investment to roll out filling stations for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.

Euro drops on ECB fears the currency is now too strong

The euro’s gains against currencies including the dollar and the pound have been enough to alarm European Central Bank policymakers, who fear the currency could overshoot beyond levels justified by growth.

Ireland ‘ideally positioned’ to be a global leader in wave and tidal energy

Ireland is “ideally positioned” to become a global leader in wave and tidal energy production, according to the organiser of an international conference being held in Cork at the end of this month.

Private data exchange between businesses set to surpass the internet

The bandwidth used in private data exchange between businesses will be six times that of the internet by 2020, with interconnection bandwidth outpacing growth of the internet by nearly two to one.

Weaker euro and stronger growth lift European shares

European shares were already on track for their best week since late April on Wednesday, gaining almost 1pc on forecast-beating growth data, rising metals prices and a weakening euro.

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