Local Businesses To Be Hit With Draconian Commercial Rates Legislation – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Housing and Local Government Simon Coveney to suspend planned new legislation which will introduce harsh new penalties for businesses that fail to pay commercial rates to the relevant Local Authority. Deputy McGrath was speaking after reports in the Sunday Business Post confirmed that the Minister […]

Tradespeople And Construction SMEs Must Meet Tough Regulations To Survive

Tradespeople and SMEs operating in the construction sector face challenges in ensuring they are compliant with new regulations in the industry.  The Construction Industry Federation will host an event for tradespeople and SMEs in the sector to help them remain compliant as the industry recovers and demand for construction increases.   CIF Regional Director Justin […]

OECD confirms Irish economy needs to increase support for local indigenous enterprise – Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said an OECD report on the Irish economy released this week warns the Irish government that its support for multinational enterprises needs to be rebalanced towards local small and medium enterprises. The Sinn Féin MEP said: “The OECD has confirmed Sinn Féin’s analysis that the Irish economy needs to increase support for local indigenous enterprise rather than focus on tax breaks for multinationals in the knowledge-based […]

Ballyhea Says No – Week 250 – Why we persevere

by Diarmuid O’Flynn Last Sunday we marked week 250 of the Ballyhea Says No campaign against the imposition of odious bank-debt on the Irish people. In the days before and after I was asked many times – how have ye kept going? How do ye persevere with a cause that gets so little publicity? My […]

Six steps to increase housing supply and stimulate growth in the economy – CIF

If 10,000 more housing units are built per year, an additional 25,000 people will be employed in the construction sector, according to the Construction Industry Federation (CIF).  This would also restore residential construction activity to levels needed to meet the growing high levels of demand. The CIF have proposed six steps for inclusion in October’s […]

Cashel jobs welcome after prolonged uncertainty – McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the announcement of almost 300 jobs at the former Johnson and Johnson site in Cashel. Deputy McGrath was speaking after US based generic drug firm Amneal confirmed it is to take over the plant and use it as its European base for future operations: “This announcement is excellent news […]

Senator Craughwell launches new policy to help those in Mortgage Arrears

Senator Gerard Craughwell has today launched a new policy document setting out five simple steps to assist those in mortgage arrears. The policy proposes a Credit Rating Amnesty, Independent Certificates of Affordability, Communications Protocols, Dedicated personal contacts and advances on Rent Allowance. ‘The problem of mortgage arrears is choking our economy. We need to focus […]

Improved broadband among priorities for €498.2m EU funding programme for South and East Ireland

Minister Brendan Howlin TD met European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu in Brussels today to sign the €498.2 m funding agreement for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the South East of Ireland for 2014-2020. Minister Howlin was accompanied by representatives of the Southern and Eastern regional assemblies for Ireland for 2014-2020. Welcoming […]

Ireland’s optimism picking up – Eurobarometer

Standard “Eurobarometer 82” opinion poll, Irish national report, with Professor Richard Sinnott and Dr Stephen Quinlan The results of the latest Eurobarometer suggest that, after some negative years, a more optimistic view of the EU is resurfacing in Ireland. Meanwhile, on the economy, while most people (60%) see the situation as ‘bad’, numbers saying this […]

North Tipperary SMEs more optimistic about 2015, survey reveals

73% of small firms in North Tipperary and the Mid-West region are optimistic about the year ahead, making them among the most positive in the country, while one in ten plan to open a new premises this year. The inaugural Magnet Regional Business Barometer (MRBB), a study of over 600 SMEs across the Republic of […]

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