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#fora magazine

# fora-magazine - Thursday 18 October, 2018

'We went on strike for 10 days - that was without doubt the worst mistake I've ever made'

Meaghers Pharmacy’s Oonagh O’Hagan also talks about learning how to stop micromanaging.

'I thought starting a business was for people who went to Smurfit school - I didn't think I could do it'

After years in health service administration, Margaret Young quit her job to set up her own firm.

‘When RTÉ said they wanted us on the Toy Show, I rang my wife and cried down the phone’

As part of our How My Business Works series, we profile The Field.

'There's very little talent': How Ireland's blockchain firms are trying to fix staff shortages

The rapid growth of the nascent technology means universities are still playing catch-up.

Kildare Village has been ordered to cull an anchor tenant store from its €50m extension

The overall project was cleared, but the retail hub’s owners appealed against planning restrictions.

The government was told that shifting TV licence duties to Revenue would crush post offices

A union representing An Post workers made the claims in a letter to ex-minister Denis Naughten.

Blanchardstown Centre wants a new supermarket to fix its convenience store 'deficiency'

Dunnes Stores and Marks & Spencer both currently trade at the shopping centre.

'If we're not successful in five years, we won't be here': Go-Ahead answers privatisation fears

Ireland manager Ed Wills says he’s quickly learned that bus services are an ‘emotive’ issue.

# fora-magazine - Thursday 11 October, 2018

'People will walk into your business to try to do you out of money - that's happened to me'

Aisling Hurley has chosen a tiny town in Laois as the spot for her digital marketing agency.

'I have 20 years' experience as a recruiter - but I feel more like an estate agent these days'

The housing crisis is making Ireland a less attractive destination for foreign workers.

'We once ordered too little stock to meet demand. People were asking if we were closing down'

Malena Fashion founders Malindi and Elena Demery also talk about why they’re ‘allergic’ to negativity.

Dublin Port's move to introduce random drug testing for veteran staff has been slapped down

Testing of new staff was rolled out in 2013 without union agreement.

Odeon has pumped millions into its loss-making Irish wing as it plots new cinemas

The brand launched in the local market in 2012 and now operates 11 cinemas.

Higher gambling taxes have made Ireland one of the world's 'most penal' betting markets

The duty was increased to 2% in yesterday’s budget – leading to a backlash from bookmakers.

Tourism officials have quietly overhauled Dublin's multimillion-euro marketing brand

Three years after its initial launch, the industry says the ‘breath of fresh air’ tag hasn’t been embraced.

Dark kitchens and Danny DeVito algorithms: How Deliveroo plans to corner food deliveries

The UK company is looking to roll out its ‘Editions’ sites across key markets – including Ireland.

HubSpot could hit 1,000 staff in Dublin soon - if it can convince workers to move here

The tech firm’s global recruitment boss says candidates have knocked back offers after doing the sums on rent.

# fora-magazine - Thursday 4 October, 2018

‘We started out with just €1,000 - there were no bank loans, no VCs, no rich uncles’

As part of our How My Business Works series, we profile EventEase.

'I posed as a courier to doorstep Pat Kenny. Six weeks later, my game was on the Toy Show'

Forty years after making his first board game, John Dunne is ready to relaunch the invention.

Sennheiser has been told to offer better redundancy payouts to staff being axed in Offaly

The electronics manufacturer is culling 65 jobs at its Tullamore facility.

Ireland's biggest hotel group says its Dublin staff don't feel safe cycling to work

Dalata wrote to ask Transport Minister Shane Ross to press on with a plan for more bike paths.

The company behind Waterford's long-awaited UK flights has shut

Aer Southeast’s parent was shuttered months after renewed promises to launch the overdue service.

Great Outdoors is planning a new flagship store in an old Dunnes Stores outlet on George's Street

The business wants to move out of Chatham Street, where it has been based for 42 years.

A major hospitality firm has been warned over its operation of short-term lets in Dublin

The council is conducting an investigation into apartment letting agency the Key Collection.

‘Anywhere but here to be honest’: Why Eddie Rocket's is pushing outside of Ireland

Fast-food boss Niall Fortune talks international expansion and how Dublin has reached ‘peak burger’.

# fora-magazine - Thursday 27 September, 2018

'The house was remortgaged and the Credit Union was on my back - quitting wasn't an option'

After being forced to leave his job as a truck driver, Paddy Matthews slowly built a coach empire.

Lloyds Pharmacy has accused striking workers of 'putting the lives of patients at risk'

Trade union Mandate has strongly rejected the claims.

How Donegal is using its status as one of the west's least-visited counties as a selling point

State tourism figures suggest the region’s overseas visitor numbers declined last year.

Fingal is worried about 'substandard' elements of a 600-home scheme in Dublin's new suburb

A property group led by ex-Dunnes chief Liam McGreal wants to build 10 residential blocks near Clonsilla.

Coca-Cola has been told to pay 'winding down' fees to sacked Kildare workers

The soft drinks giant is closing its Athy factory and moving production to Mayo.

'It could jeopardise the brand' – Salad chain Chopped faces closure of its Grafton Street outlet

Both the council and national planning authority said the store is in breach of planning laws.

Aer Lingus is building a multimillion-euro training centre - but some staff's future is unclear

CEO Stephen Kavanagh has rejected claims the airline is trying to oust legacy-contract holders.

# fora-magazine - Thursday 20 September, 2018

'I learned my first business lesson making stuffed toys at 11 - not even my mother bought one'

From running creches to gig-economy firms, Hannah Wrixon talks about what she’s learned so far.

'Progress was slow on my new bike startup – so I moved to Asia'

Here’s why I couldn’t have founded my company back home in Ireland.

A bid to keep GAA fan haunt the Big Tree serving on match days has been blocked

The site is being turned into a hotel, but publican Louis Fitzgerald wanted to keep the beer garden open.

As Ireland's talent war rumbles on, the cost of replacing staff has doubled

The average price tag on replacing a worker now stands at €13,100.

Irish Life is worried Amazon's huge data centre in Tallaght could affect its future housing projects

The pensions fund has a site adjacent to the facility being planned by the tech giant.

'Brits aren't overly physical': How Irish tourism operators are being told to sell overseas

Fáilte Ireland has been handing out advice on marketing to key regions.

'Donnybrook isn't designed for this' – a Tidy Towns group is rallying against this new D4 hotel

The local group said the project would cause more traffic at a troublesome Dublin pinch point.

Following a three-year feud with Cork council, Starbucks has closed its Patrick Street store

The Irish operators of the coffee chain have opened numerous unauthorised outlets in recent years.

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