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Leigh Griffiths charged for kicking a lit flare into a stand of away fans
The Dundee striker, on loan from Celtic, claimed he had only meant to remove the item from the pitch.
Brexit and wage increase lead to drop in confidence for Ireland's small businesses
The Small Firms Association is calling for a national Small Business Strategy to improve small business performance.
'It's a huge football country' - Sven Goran-Eriksson keen on the Scotland job
The SFA are looking to replace Alex McLeish, who was sacked earlier this month.
'People are holding onto land with no intention of developing it and just hoping for the best'
The Small Firms Association wants the government to bring in a scheme to encourage landowners to sell up.
Survival of small businesses 'hangs in the balance' if Brexit becomes a reality
Some 200,000 people are employed here due to trade between Ireland and the UK.
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths fined over 'refugee' song about Rudi Skacel
The Scottish striker has been fined and given a suspended two-game ban.
The single biggest engine room for Irish jobs is starting to fire up
Together these businesses account for half the private workforce.
Tensions mount as Scottish FA chief blasts John Delaney - 'We do things the right way'
The relationship between the SFA and FAI has been strained since November.
Forcing people to pay for their own retirement will 'put many jobs and businesses at risk'
The government wants a universal pension system – but not everyone thinks that’s a good idea.
Could the self-employed be about to get equality on social welfare?
The next budget is gearing up to be pretty generous one. It’s the latest in the pre-election extravaganza…
Happy days - there's lots of good news out there today if you own a small business
Ireland’s guarantee scheme for small companies is being extended, while crowd-sourcers LinkedFinance announced a new €250 million SME loan fund
Irish businesses could cut the state's €8.5 billion spending bill
But owner-operators say they are still taking far to long to get paid when they do get contracts.
SMEs will soon to able to access €800m from Ireland's newest bank
The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland is hoped to be up and running by the end of the year.
'Uninspiring' budget continues tax discrimination against self-starters
The self-employed are still paying more tax than everyone else.
'Jobs lost here at home' as foreign firms cash in on Ireland's public purse
The government should “think small first” and keep more tenders in Irish hands, SFA says.
We should back female and elderly entrepreneurs better: small-business lobby
They’re among the groups under-represented in business which could be targeted in a national policy for entrepreneurs.
More jobs coming as Irish firms get 'back on feet'
Small businesses are expecting to hire extra staff this year… and to have to pay more for them.
The SFA is warning the new small business minister to steer clear of wage hikes
This afternoon Ged Nash said that businesses should try and award pay increases where possible.
Nearly half of SMEs with Celtic Tiger property debts are defaulting
Jobs in the SME sector could be threatened by bad property debts, according to the Central Bank.
Irish 'stigma' around failure is hurting entrepreneurship - SFA
The trade group is calling for the introduction of improved supports for struggling and failed businesspeople.
Irish companies to get helping hand from global business leaders
Three SMEs will get international mentoring from senior executives at global companies, including VISA.
How are small businesses feeling about the next few months?
Pretty good, a survey reveals, with 48 per cent expecting the overall business environment to be ‘good’ or ‘very good’.
SME groups welcome EU report but warn they are still in 'survival mode'
The EU Commission report found that lending to SMEs still remains weak.
What I learned: Keith Wood on leadership in rugby and business
Taking lessons from the pitch to the boardroom.
Government supports for SMEs 'designed not to be used' - SFA
The small business lobby group has called for reform of the Government’s ‘daft’ policies.
"They've replaced the tellers with plants" - are banks interested in lending to small business?
Domestic banks are failing to support a vital segment of the economy, lobby groups have said.
Noonan should know better than to listen to banks - ISME
ISME chief’s comments come after the Minister said SME debt is far down his list.
Why isn't this government support for SMEs working?
Microfinance Ireland has approved just €3 million from a €90 million lending budget.
Restrictive, badly marketed and poorly explained: Government finance scheme for SMEs is not working
The EIIS programme is poorly explained and flawed, trade bodies say.
Over 1,200 employers and 2,400 jobseekers register for JobsPlus scheme
The new initiative that rewards employers for taking on the long term unemployed was launched during the summer.
Business people avoid discussing mental health due to fear of appearing weak
The SFA is urging employers in small businesses to address mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
ISME: Plans to increase PRSI for self employed "utter madness"
The proposed rise in Pay Related Social Insurance is being considered by Minister Joan Burton.
One in 10 small businesses use debt collection agents to get money owed
Small businesses are having to wait an average of 62 days to get paid by creditors.
5 steps to tackle youth unemployment outlined by SFA
The Small Firms Association says the lack of job opportunities has impacted on young people more than any other group in Irish society and called on the government to face the problem head-on.
Three months on and small firms feel more confident about business
Results also show that 30 per cent of respondents rate the current overall business environment as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’.
SFA warn of €6 billion cost of black economy, urge government action
The Small Firms Association is to meet with the Joint Oireachtas on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation tomorrow and outline measures which they believe will help tackle the issue.
Economic activity needed to solve 'fiscal and unemployment crisis' - SFA
The Small Firms Association has said that a lowering of the cost of employment along with strong political leadership is required for economic recovery.
Small firms being 'strangled' by late payments - SFA
Companies are now waiting an average of 62 days to be paid, according to a survey by the Small Firms Association.
Bad blood: Levein launches legal action over Scotland sacking
The Scots are winless in a ramshackle bid to qualify for the World Cup in 2014.
Over 40 per cent of small firms plan to create new jobs
However, there are still barriers to employment opportunities including a lack of business and unrealistic salary expectations.