Ibec Quarterly Economic Outlook Forecasts Growth In 2018

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today published its latest Quarterly Economic Outlook (attached), which forecasts growth of 4.8% for 2017, and 3.9% in 2018. This growth is being driven by a buoyant labour market, with figures showing total household disposable income increasing sharply. It warned, however, that the risk of our growth being derailed […]

European Investment Bank Unveils EUR 300m Irish Company Lending Programme

Companies across Ireland will benefit from a new EUR 300 million long-term lending programme announced by the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Dublin earlier today. The new company financing scheme marks the first ever direct lending by the European Investment Bank to Irish midcap firms.  New cooperation with Ibec was also formally agreed that will […]

Ibec Welcomes Increase In Number Of Lleaving Certificate StudentsTaking Hhigher Level Mathematics

Ibec welcomes increase in number of leaving certificate students taking higher level mathematics Government should incentivise key subjects and move towards inquiry and experiential based learning to match skills to business needs Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has welcomed the continued increase in the number of leaving certificate students taking higher level mathematics […]

Ibec Appoints Gerard Brady As New Head Of Tax And Fiscal Policy

Mr Brady will hold responsibility for shaping and driving Ibec’s tax, economic and fiscal policies. Having joined the organisation in 2013, Gerard most recently held the position of Ibec Senior Economist. His role involved regular analysis of economic issues for a business audience and policy engagement on economic and tax policy issues, along with advising […]

Ibec Forecasts Strong Growth In Economy

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today published its latest Quarterly Economic Outlook (attached), which forecasts growth of 4.2% for 2017, and 3.2% in 2018. A strong labour market, in particular, will underpin the buoyancy of the domestic economy, but Brexit related trading challenges will remain for exporters. This will be a particular challenge […]

Ibec Sets Out Business Priorities And Solutions For The Irish Government

Following the appointment of a new Taoiseach and his cabinet, Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has published a set of briefs outlining the business priorities for each ministerial portfolio. Launching the cabinet briefs, Danny McCoy, CEO of Ibec, stated: “In the global race for investment, it is critical that Ireland does not lag […]

Forestry And Climate Change: Large Potential And Low Cost

The Irish Forestry and Forest Products Association (IFFPA), the Ibec group that represents the sector, have responded to today’s publication of the National Climate Mitigation Plan, outlining the significant contribution the sector can make towards delivering an environmentally sustainable economy.  Mark McAuley, Director of IFFPA, said, “Forestry has been clearly identified as one of the […]

Urgently Increase Supply Of New Homes – PII

Property Industry Ireland (PII), the Ibec group for businesses working in the property sector, said that the house price statistics released today by the CSO show the need to urgently increase the supply of housing. PII Director, Dr. David Duffy stated: “The lack of housing supply has been highlighted for a number of years. While […]

Retailers call for urgent reform of local authority rates system

Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the retail sector, today launched a new policy paper entitled ‘Tackling the rates burden’. The paper highlights the serious deficiencies in the current system governing how local authority rates are levied and collected from retailers, resulting in over €200 million in uncollected rates each year. The retail sector […]

Flawed Provisions On Defined Benefit Pensions Must Be Removed From Social Welfare And Pensions Bill – IBEC

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, appeared before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Social Protection and called on it to remove flawed provisions on defined benefit pensions from the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill. The hearing was part of the pre legislative scrutiny process in advance of publication of the detailed provisions of the […]

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