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Today’s News

Explainer: TikTok is on the block but why has Donald Trump given Microsoft 45 days to make a bid?

A September deadline looms for the blockbuster acquisition.

Saturday 1 August, 2020

'Lawful but preferably not': Debenhams, Clery's and the future of collective redundancies

Workers want the government to implement the findings of 2016 report.

Thursday 30 July, 2020

More new mortgages approved in June but drawdowns slid in the second quarter, says bank lobby

But banks approved half the number of new mortgages last month than in June 2019.

Wednesday 29 July, 2020

Head honchos at Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon to face questions from US politicians today

The tech giants are being investigated for alleged anti-competitive practices.

Friday 24 July, 2020

Dáil approves €16,000 top-up payments for 'super junior' ministers amid criticism

Minister for public expenditure Michael McGrath “didn’t recall” his party, Fianna Fáil, trying to block the same allowances in 2017.

Thursday 23 July, 2020

What's in it for me? — Everything you need to know about the government's July stimulus package

There were few surprises in today’s announcement.

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Tuesday 21 July, 2020

Explainer: Will Ireland be a 'net contributor' to the EU's €750 billion recovery fund?

Member states will have to produce national recovery plans to access the funds.

ESRI: Those who live alone are at greater risk of falling below the poverty line when they retire

Researchers examined whether soon-to-be pensioners will have adequate income in retirement.

Monday 20 July, 2020

Marks & Spencer to cut 950 jobs in the UK — but its Irish stores are 'unaffected'

M&S was in the middle of a restructuring when the pandemic hit.

Saturday 18 July, 2020

'I had to protect my staff' — Government green list could cause workplace disputes, expert says

Workers returning from abroad might still be asked by their employer to restrict their movements.

Wednesday 15 July, 2020

An EU court has ruled in favour of Apple and Ireland in the €13 billion tax row. So what happens now?

Officials are already exploring the possibility of using a Treaty article to crack down on low-tax countries.

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Tuesday 14 July, 2020

A major ruling is expected tomorrow in the €13 billion Apple tax row - but don't expect the saga to end there

Whoever loses is likely to appeal that decision to a higher EU court.

Saturday 11 July, 2020

It's a dirty, time-consuming job so why would Paschal want to become head of the Eurogroup?

Experts say that increased Irish influence in Europe could come at a cost.

Thursday 9 July, 2020

EU leaders remain divided on plans for a €750 billion recovery fund ahead of a vital summit meeting

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte leads a bloc of countries opposed to the deal.

Explainer: Why Irish banks are being accused of 'profiteering from the pandemic'

Developments in recent days have undermined the banks’ positions.

Tuesday 7 July, 2020

The European Commission has slashed Irish and eurozone growth forecasts

But the Commission expects the Irish economy to grow by 6.25% next year.

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Central Bank 'determined' to avoid 'tracker mortgage scandal Mark II' over Covid insurance payouts

Gabriel Makhlouf was addressing the Special Dáil Committee on Covid-19 this morning.

Sunday 5 July, 2020

Explainer: Why there's likely to be a lot of liquidations and corporate insolvencies in the near future

Insolvency experts are expecting to be deluged as a result of the pandemic.

Friday 3 July, 2020

Central Bank: Early signs of recovery are visible but Ireland's economic future remains uncertain

Real-time economic data suggests the worst of the decline was experienced in April.

Thursday 2 July, 2020

Planning permission is being sought for Wicklow's third major film studio

The scheme could deliver 1,500 jobs in the sector.

Wednesday 1 July, 2020

Consumer Association of Ireland calls for 'small compensation fund' for holidaymakers who choose not to fly

People who booked flights in July could be left out of pocket if they cancel.

Sunday 28 June, 2020

'The idea is to just to try and keep the head above water': The Dublin tourist businesses still in suspended animation

Tour operators are facing down the barrel of a lost summer.

Wednesday 24 June, 2020

BMW Ireland issues voluntary recall of certain 3 Series cars

The affected vehicles were manufactured between 1997 and 2000.

Sunday 21 June, 2020

Yoga instructors: 'We are basically starting from scratch as an industry'

Yoga studio owners say social distancing will stretch the sector to its limits.

Thursday 18 June, 2020

Betting companies seek clarity from the government about reopening dates

Many bookies believed they were permitted to reopen last week.

Friday 12 June, 2020

Covid-19 has made low-paid jobs 'worse for workers but more valuable to society'

A new paper calls on policymakers to ‘transform’ precarious and low-paid jobs.

Saturday 6 June, 2020

Explainer: How 'examinership' works in Ireland (including how Saddam Hussein comes into it)

Experts believe the process could provide a lifeline for troubled businesses in the post-pandemic period.

Friday 5 June, 2020

Most shops to reopen from Monday — shopping centres to reopen from 15 June

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed that some business restrictions will be lifted from Monday.

Safety expert: 'Some businesses are using return-to-work plans as a fig leaf - they're not sure what it's meant to do'

Workplaces are grappling with the pandemic-related safety requirements ahead of reopening.

Airbnb plans to cut 35% of its Dublin workforce with around 190 jobs to go

Employees are being consulted as part of the redundancy process.

Thursday 4 June, 2020

Ibec warns of the 'sharpest compression of economic activity in living memory'

The business lobbying group forecasts Irish unemployment to level off at 16% and GDP to contract by 11% for the year.

Thursday 28 May, 2020

ESRI warns against austerity measures in short-term as economy heals from the pandemic

The think-tank has sketched the likely impact of the virus across a range of Irish economic indicators.

Tuesday 26 May, 2020

SIPTU calls on cleaning companies to honour 'agreed' 40 cent per hour pay increase

A new Employment Regulation Order for contract cleaners was delayed by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Sunday 24 May, 2020

Explainer: Everything you've always wanted to know about bonds but were afraid to ask

The National Treasury Management Agency auctioned €1.5 billion of Irish government bonds last week.

Saturday 23 May, 2020

Covid-19 pandemic hasn't spoiled the plot for independent bookshops

Some shops are well equipped to weather the crisis while others have had to get creative.

Thursday 21 May, 2020

Two more Dublin pubs take FBD Insurance to the High Court

Insurance companies have been criticised by publicans’ groups for refusing to honour business interruption policies.

Wednesday 20 May, 2020

Johnson and Johnson to stop selling talc baby powder in US and Canada — but not in Ireland

Talc powder sales have fallen dramatically due to misinformation, the company said.

Overwhelming majority of Irish people expect austerity to return after the pandemic

Opposition parties and trade unions have made strong statements in recent weeks against possible public spending cuts.

Tuesday 19 May, 2020

Explainer: Why is Germany suddenly backing the EU recovery fund?

Experts say the scale of the crisis and a German constitutional court ruling might have something to do with it.

Monday 18 May, 2020

Ryanair expects passenger numbers to fall by nearly 50% this year

The low-cost airline is preparing to lose €200 million in the first quarter as a result of Covid-19.

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