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Money can buy happiness – but only if you earn optimal amount

25th February 2019

Having more money does not make you happier, according to figures released earlier this month from the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS). They show people there have become more anxious in recent years and have not become happier – despite seeing big jumps in disposable income and wealth. “Despite high levels of employment, rising […]

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Sterling dips on doubts about revised Brexit deal

22nd February 2019

Sterling fell slightly today after a UK government source poured cold water on the prospect of an imminent Brexit deal, causing the pound to shed earlier gains. Hopes that Prime Minister Theresa May can secure some changes to her Brexit withdrawal deal from Brussels, and then get the tweaked agreement through the British parliament, have […]

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Retailers warn of no-deal Brexit price hikes and reduced supply of goods

22nd February 2019

Groups representing retailers in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Britain have issued a strong warning that a no-deal Brexit will lead to reduced availability of some goods. The joint statement from the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium, Retail Ireland and British Retail Consortium also cautions that if Britain crashes out of the EU on 29 March, food […]

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‘Infinite’ opportunities for Irish companies in Europe

22nd February 2019

The former president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, has said that despite Brexit, the opportunities for Irish businesses to grow within Europe are infinite. Speaking in Dublin today, Herman Van Rompuy said that regulatory certainty and standards provided by EU frameworks continue to facilitate trade and help businesses to sell into a wide […]

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Brexit pensions saved after deal between Irish and UK governments

21st February 2019

The governments of Ireland and Britain have guaranteed the continued payment of state pensions, child benefit and other social welfare payments in the event of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal. Thousands of people living here get pensions and other payments from Britain, while Ireland also pays people who live in […]

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Brexit pensions saved after deal between Irish and UK governments

21st February 2019

The governments of Ireland and Britain have guaranteed the continued payment of state pensions, child benefit and other social welfare payments in the event of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal. Thousands of people living here get pensions and other payments from Britain, while Ireland also pays people who live in […]

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Surge in companies looking for clearance for UK trade post-Brexit

21st February 2019

There’s been a surge in the number of companies here applying to Revenue to get the necessary documentation for trading with UK firms following Brexit. Revenue said over three times more companies applied in the month of February than in January for Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) numbers. The EORI is the minimum requirement […]

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Surge in companies looking for clearance for UK trade post-Brexit

21st February 2019

There’s been a surge in the number of companies here applying to Revenue to get the necessary documentation for trading with UK firms following Brexit. Revenue said over three times more companies applied in the month of February than in January for Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) numbers. The EORI is the minimum requirement […]

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Irish SMEs paying more for loans than EU counterparts

21st February 2019

Irish small and medium enterprises (SMEs) pay on average three percentage points more interest on loans than the European Union average on amounts up to €250,000. The introduction of Government-backed risk-sharing schemes, such as the Brexit Loan Scheme (where interest is capped at 4pc), are helping to address the difference, according to the Strategic Banking […]

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Irish SMEs paying more for loans than EU counterparts

21st February 2019

Irish small and medium enterprises (SMEs) pay on average three percentage points more interest on loans than the European Union average on amounts up to €250,000. The introduction of Government-backed risk-sharing schemes, such as the Brexit Loan Scheme (where interest is capped at 4pc), are helping to address the difference, according to the Strategic Banking […]

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