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Euro zone growth revised up as consumer spending rebounds

8th September 2021

The euro zone economy grew by more than initially forecast in the second quarter of the year, revised data from the EU’s statistics office showed. Today’s figures showed that consumer spending rebounded sharply after two quarters of decline during Covid-19 lockdowns. Eurostat said today that gross domestic product in the 19 countries sharing the euro […]

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ISIF makes €450m gain in H1 as it plans green investment

7th September 2021

Ireland’s €9.2 billion sovereign investment fund has almost doubled its total investment gains in eighteen months. The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund – which has a mandate to invest on a commercial basis to support economic activity and jobs – generated an investment return of €450 million in the first half of 2021. It brings to […]

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New Covid scheme for business opens to applicants

7th September 2021

A new targeted Government funded support scheme, aimed at assisting vulnerable but viable businesses whose earnings have collapsed due to Covid-19 restrictions, has opened for applications. Under the Business Resumption Support Scheme (BRSS) registered firms can claim a single payment equivalent to three times their average weekly turnover in 2019. Businesses availed of other schemes […]

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Covid costs Ireland’s tourism sector an estimated €13.4bn

7th September 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has cost the tourism sector here €13.4bn and 100,000 jobs have been lost as a result, a new report claims. The study by the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) says the reduction of overseas visitors has cost the industry €8.1bn since 2019, with lost fares to Irish carriers accounting for €3bn. The […]

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European banks still booking profits in tax havens – report

6th September 2021

Top banks in Europe continue to use tax havens to book chunks of profits, a trend that has changed little since 2014 despite country-by-country disclosures becoming mandatory, the EU Tax Observatory said in a report. The independent research body is co-financed by the European Union. It said disclosures from 36 major European banks showed they […]

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First EI in-person Enterprise Ireland trade mission since pandemic onset

6th September 2021

Enterprise Ireland’s first in-person trade mission since the onset of the Covid pandemic starts today in London, before moving on to Paris and Berlin. The three day mission is being led by Tánaiste and Minster for Enterprise Leo Varadkar. It is also the first physical trade mission since the new post-Brexit trade agreement between the […]

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Call for €10 rise in core social welfare rates in budget

6th September 2021

An increase of €10 per week in core social welfare rates, enhancing the support grant for carers and a single rate state pension are among the measures being called for by Social Justice Ireland in its pre-Budget submission. As well as increasing welfare payments, SJI is urging the Government to commit to benchmarking core social […]

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Campaign under way to tackle hospitality labour shortage

3rd September 2021

Fáilte Ireland is launching a campaign aimed at attracting workers into the tourism and hospitality industry. The recruitment marketing and awareness campaign is targetted at both jobseekers and businesses. Around nine out of every ten businesses in the sector say they have had difficulty in recruiting new staff with just over two thirds saying they […]

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Services sector continues to grow, expansion rate slows

3rd September 2021

The Irish services sector continued to grow strongly in August, according to AIB’s Purchasing Managers’ Index. The monthly measure of activity in the sector shows further rapid increases in both new and outstanding business last month. While total services output expanded at a slower rate than in July, it was still the second-strongest since the […]

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Quarterly GDP up 6.3% in second quarter as Covid curbs ease

3rd September 2021

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the economy – as measured by Gross Domestic Product – grew by 6.3% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the first three months of the year. On an annual basis, GDP showed growth of 21.6% in the second quarter, the CSO said, as the […]

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