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Dublin: 8 °C Tuesday 19 November, 2019

#policy and economy

# policy-and-economy - Thursday 4 October, 2018

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.

From Business ETC Low VAT rates may be divisive now, but looser EU rules could open a whole new can of worms Policy And Economy

Low VAT rates may be divisive now, but looser EU rules could open a whole new can of worms

Much of the talk around Ireland’s upcoming budget has focused on the hospitality industry’s 9% VAT rate.

# policy-and-economy - Tuesday 2 October, 2018

From Business ETC Booming training and member fees helped boost Ibec's coffers last year Policy And Economy

Booming training and member fees helped boost Ibec's coffers last year

The employer representative registered more demand for in-company courses on retaining staff.

# policy-and-economy - Sunday 30 September, 2018

From Business ETC 'Not fit for purpose': Why startups want Ireland's flagship investor scheme overhauled Startups And Tech

'Not fit for purpose': Why startups want Ireland's flagship investor scheme overhauled

The EIIS programme offers tax breaks for startup backers – but the industry says it’s not up to task.

# policy-and-economy - Saturday 29 September, 2018

From Business ETC Ireland's tourism trade group wants the State to beef up budgets with Wild Atlantic Way merch Tourism And Transport

Ireland's tourism trade group wants the State to beef up budgets with Wild Atlantic Way merch

Funding for Fáilte Ireland has halved in a decade.

From Business ETC The construction lobby claims that lowball State contracts have 'cursed' builders Building And Property

The construction lobby claims that lowball State contracts have 'cursed' builders

The sector says unrealistic tender prices could bring public projects to a standstill.

# policy-and-economy - Friday 28 September, 2018

From Business ETC The consumer watchdog has concerns about a 'natural monopoly' in the Irish waste sector Retail And Services

The consumer watchdog has concerns about a 'natural monopoly' in the Irish waste sector

The average home now pays between €230 – €280 a year in waste collection charges.

From Business ETC Ireland's biggest hotel group says its Dublin staff don't feel safe cycling to work Tourism And Transport

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.

# policy-and-economy - Wednesday 26 September, 2018

From Business ETC The drinks industry claims new alcohol labelling laws will make Ireland a ‘global pariah’ Food And Drink

The drinks industry claims new alcohol labelling laws will make Ireland a ‘global pariah’

Health Minister Simon Harris is expected to retain cancer warning labels in the new alcohol bill.

From Business ETC Ireland's aviation authority says flights to the UK could 'stop at midnight' with a hard Brexit Tourism And Transport

Ireland's aviation authority says flights to the UK could 'stop at midnight' with a hard Brexit

The IAA’s chair-designate also warned that capacity issues would limit growth at Dublin Airport.

# policy-and-economy - Monday 24 September, 2018

From Business ETC Poll: Should the government bring back town councils? Policy And Economy This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the government bring back town councils?

Retail lobbyists believe they hold the key to reviving regional shops.

# policy-and-economy - Tuesday 18 September, 2018

From Business ETC After losing all its rivals, the National Broadband Plan's sole bidder has filed its final pitch Policy And Economy

After losing all its rivals, the National Broadband Plan's sole bidder has filed its final pitch

The David McCourt-led group says it will team up with Nokia and other firms to complete the project.

From Business ETC Another alcohol price hike could drum up an extra €140m for the public purse Policy And Economy

Another alcohol price hike could drum up an extra €140m for the public purse

An Irish Tax Institute report also considered the State’s options for ditching tourism’s 9% VAT rate.

# policy-and-economy - Monday 17 September, 2018

From Business ETC Poll: Should county councils be fined for cancelling public tenders? Insights And Opinion This post contains a poll

Poll: Should county councils be fined for cancelling public tenders?

A business group has called for the State to sanction local authorities that withdraw the competitions.

# policy-and-economy - Sunday 16 September, 2018

From Business ETC Restaurants might not have to provide free water after all - and could even charge for it Food And Drink

Restaurants might not have to provide free water after all - and could even charge for it

Hospitality groups previously slammed an EU proposal mandating them to quench the public’s thirst.

From Business ETC 'It costs small firms thousands': Businesses say councils should be fined for axing tenders Policy And Economy

'It costs small firms thousands': Businesses say councils should be fined for axing tenders

An Ibec group says cancelled bids are costing members time and money.

# policy-and-economy - Saturday 15 September, 2018

From Business ETC Why big tech firms are up in arms about the EU's plans to overhaul copyright laws Policy And Economy

Why big tech firms are up in arms about the EU's plans to overhaul copyright laws

The controversial ‘link tax’ directive passed a vote by the European Parliament this week.

# policy-and-economy - Monday 10 September, 2018

From Business ETC Poll: Should Airbnb hosts be blocked from renting out homes they don't live in? Insights And Opinion This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Airbnb hosts be blocked from renting out homes they don't live in?

The home-sharing site says many people use its service to pay off mortgages and other bills.

# policy-and-economy - Friday 7 September, 2018

From Business ETC New rules are on the way for Airbnb hosts in Dublin to crack down on short-term lets Policy And Economy

New rules are on the way for Airbnb hosts in Dublin to crack down on short-term lets

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said the regulations would be similar to those introduced in Toronto.

# policy-and-economy - Sunday 2 September, 2018

From Business ETC 'Ireland's eggs are invested in the foreign multinational basket - and problems lie ahead' Insights And Opinion

'Ireland's eggs are invested in the foreign multinational basket - and problems lie ahead'

The country is overly dependent on FDI-fuelled taxes – which is why there needs to be a new focus on SMEs.

# policy-and-economy - Saturday 1 September, 2018

'Precarious work becoming the norm': How a ban on zero-hours contracts may backfire

Experts say banning the contracts could just give rise to other insecure work setups.

# policy-and-economy - Thursday 30 August, 2018

'Precarious work becoming the norm': How a ban on zero-hours contracts may backfire

Experts say banning the contracts could just give rise to other insecure work setups.

From Business ETC Dublin-headquartered Afilias is shifting its base to the US to take advantage of Trump tax cuts Policy And Economy

Dublin-headquartered Afilias is shifting its base to the US to take advantage of Trump tax cuts

The domain registry firm welcomed the ‘favourable’ changes to the US tax rate.

# policy-and-economy - Sunday 26 August, 2018

From Business ETC Want to plug the skills and gender gaps? Then double childcare subsidies Work

Want to plug the skills and gender gaps? Then double childcare subsidies

There’s never been a better time for the State to support women in the workforce.

'We want a level playing pitch': Retail groups take aim at pop-up markets

But one major operator says bricks-and-mortar firms are simply ‘unable to take competition’.

From Business ETC 'Precarious work becoming the norm': How a ban on zero-hours contracts may backfire Work

'Precarious work becoming the norm': How a ban on zero-hours contracts may backfire

Experts say banning the contracts could just give rise to other insecure work setups.

# policy-and-economy - Saturday 25 August, 2018

From Business ETC Why some mortgage holders are better off dealing with vulture funds than banks Policy And Economy

Why some mortgage holders are better off dealing with vulture funds than banks

No other country would put up with our home loan arrears mess.

# policy-and-economy - Thursday 23 August, 2018

'We want a level playing pitch': Retail groups take aim at pop-up markets

But one major operator says bricks-and-mortar firms are simply ‘unable to take competition’.

# policy-and-economy - Tuesday 21 August, 2018

From Business ETC Here's what small firms think should be done to fix the housing crisis Building And Property

Here's what small firms think should be done to fix the housing crisis

The SFA has put forward Budget proposals to make residential developments more ‘commercially viable’.

# policy-and-economy - Monday 20 August, 2018

From Business ETC 'This is a critical quarter': Most smaller Irish firms still don't have a plan for Brexit Policy And Economy

'This is a critical quarter': Most smaller Irish firms still don't have a plan for Brexit

Businesses are ‘overwhelmingly negative’ about the potential fall-out – but they aren’t planning ahead.

# policy-and-economy - Sunday 19 August, 2018

From Business ETC 'We want a level playing pitch': Retail groups take aim at pop-up markets Retail And Services

'We want a level playing pitch': Retail groups take aim at pop-up markets

But one major operator says bricks-and-mortar firms are simply ‘unable to take competition’.

# policy-and-economy - Tuesday 14 August, 2018

From Business ETC Shane Ross wants big hotels to pay more VAT - but he's not sure how that system will work Tourism And Transport

Shane Ross wants big hotels to pay more VAT - but he's not sure how that system will work

The tourism minister says the Department of Finance will have to look at the plan.

# policy-and-economy - Sunday 12 August, 2018

From Business ETC With Brexit looming, it's time for small firms to start making some hard decisions Policy And Economy

With Brexit looming, it's time for small firms to start making some hard decisions

Many smaller businesses are caught in the headlights.

# policy-and-economy - Saturday 11 August, 2018

From Business ETC 'We can't guarantee this won't happen again': Facebook's private reaction to its content scandal Policy And Economy

'We can't guarantee this won't happen again': Facebook's private reaction to its content scandal

The tech giant went into damage control with Irish officials well before the Dispatches revelations aired.

# policy-and-economy - Wednesday 8 August, 2018

From Business ETC The aviation watchdog couldn't keep up with a big spike in passenger complaints last year Tourism And Transport

The aviation watchdog couldn't keep up with a big spike in passenger complaints last year

The Commission for Aviation Regulation received over 1,000 queries about flight cancellations and delays.

# policy-and-economy - Monday 6 August, 2018

From Business ETC Why anyone worried about insurance prices in Ireland should care about the 'blue book' Insights And Opinion

Why anyone worried about insurance prices in Ireland should care about the 'blue book'

Clear data is essential when it comes to holding powerful vested interests to account.

# policy-and-economy - Wednesday 1 August, 2018

From Business ETC Irish firms are twice as likely to get rejected for bank loans as their European rivals Financial Services

Irish firms are twice as likely to get rejected for bank loans as their European rivals

Indigenous businesses also pay double the interest on their borrowings on average.

# policy-and-economy - Monday 30 July, 2018

From Business ETC After another bump in the road, here's what we know about the National Broadband Plan Policy And Economy

After another bump in the road, here's what we know about the National Broadband Plan

There is one bidder left for the contract, but politicians think the writing is on the wall.

From Business ETC Ireland says EU digital tax plans have 'greatly overstated' the value of users' data Policy And Economy

Ireland says EU digital tax plans have 'greatly overstated' the value of users' data

Government officials admit the move would probably hurt the country’s ability to attract tech firms.

# policy-and-economy - Sunday 29 July, 2018

From Business ETC 'Dublin is not a low-rise city - it's even lower than that' Insights And Opinion

'Dublin is not a low-rise city - it's even lower than that'

Taller buildings and increased density would improve quality of life in the capital.