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Increase in SMEs’ interest in green supports – survey

A new report shows the level of small and medium-sized businesses who are interested in grants to help them invest in sustainable measures increased by over 40% in the past year. Uisce Éireann’s latest SME Sustainability Sentiment Survey also reveals that more than a third of SMEs see the availability of grants to offset the…

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Faulty goods, services cost nearly €1bn last year – CCPC

The cost to consumers in Ireland to deal with faulty goods and services last year was close to €1 billion, according to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC). The commission calculated the figure based on initial financial outlays by consumers, additional charges added on, and the inconvenience of resolving problems. The CCPC is charged…

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New online safety rules come into force across EU

The European Union’s new online safety rules come into full force today in Ireland and across the EU. The Digital Services Act requires online platforms to do more when it comes to removing harmful content and tackling the spread of disinformation. Companies face fines of up to 6% of global turnover for violating the rules…

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European Commission cuts Irish growth forecasts to 1.2% from 3%

The European Commission has today revised down its expectations for the performance of the Irish economy in its Winter 2024 Economic Forecast, which was published today. The Commission said that Ireland’s GDP growth outlook for this year has been adjusted “substantially” lower to 1.2% from an estimate of 3% in its Autumn Forecast In 2025,…

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Inflation slows to 4.1% in January from 4.6% in December – CSO

The annual rate of inflation fell to 4.1% in the 12 months to January from 4.6% in December, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show today. This marks the third consecutive month where the inflation rate was lower than 5%. The CSO figures also show that inflation – as measured by the Harmonised Index…

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Ireland to assume new EU online safety powers from tomorrow

Ireland’s media regulator Coimisiún na Meán has said it is ready to assume new EU online safety powers from tomorrow. It has been tasked with enforcing the Digital Services Act (DSA) in Ireland. All EU member states are required to have designated a ‘Digitial Services Coordinator’ by 17 February to implement the DSA in their…

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Germany overtakes Japan as world’s third-biggest economy

Once forecast to become the world’s biggest economy, Japan slipped below Germany last year to fourth place, official data showed today, although India is projected to leapfrog both later this decade. Despite growing 1.9%, Japan’s nominal 2023 gross domestic product in dollar terms was $4.2 trillion, government data showed, compared with $4.5 trillion for Germany,…

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Euro zone Q4 GDP confirmed flat on a quarterly basis

Euro zone economic growth was flat in the last three months of the 2023 against the previous quarter and up 0.1% against the same time in 2022, Eurostat said today, confirming its earlier preliminary estimate. After euro zone output contracted 0.1% quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter, the result for the last three months is a…

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ECB needs more data but inflation going in right direction – Lagarde

Euro zone economic data indicates that inflation is heading back towards target as earlier predicted but the European Central Bank still needs more information before it can be sure, ECB President Christine Lagarde said today. The ECB has kept interest rates unchanged at a record high since September and has been pushing back on rampant…

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Government approves public sector pay deal

The Government has given formal approval to the public sector pay deal agreed last month. Following negotiations at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), unions, staff associations and government representatives reached agreement on a package that provides for increases of 10.25% over a two and a half year period. The agreement will cost around €3.6 billion…

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