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Brexit reality bites: The new dawn of trade friction

11th January 2021

This week, as Brexit took effect, a company in Cork that sells sports posters to Europe and around the world ceased all direct online sales to the UK. “There’s no point having the hassle,” said Wayne Mullins, a graphic designer who runs Kobe Designs. “I’ll just not send to the UK. I’ll keep selling to the […]

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Businesses urged to claim 0% tariff on UK-origin goods

8th January 2021

Businesses, and especially SMEs, have been alerted of the need to actively claim the zero-tariff rate on UK origin goods.  The Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English, said that under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, tariff duties are eliminated for trade between the EU and the UK where the relevant […]

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Businesses urged to claim 0% tariff on UK-origin goods

8th January 2021

Businesses, and especially SMEs, have been alerted of the need to actively claim the zero-tariff rate on UK origin goods.  The Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English, said that under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, tariff duties are eliminated for trade between the EU and the UK where the relevant […]

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Non-essential construction to stop this evening due to Covid-19 restrictions

8th January 2021

Non-essential construction is to cease this evening until at least the end of the month, as part of restrictions introduced on Wednesday to slow the spread of the third wave of Covid-19.  Essential construction projects that will be exempt from this include health projects specific to Covid-19, housing adaptation grants, repairs critical to maintenance for […]

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The virus shaping our economy is unpredictable and surprising

8th January 2021

Covid-19 continues to be the predominant issue in all our lives. It also continues to be the predominant factor shaping our economy. And because it’s the Irish economy, it continues to be unpredictable and surprising.   Economists at the Department of Finance have been analysing different aspects of our Covid economy.   Its latest Economic […]

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Businesses worst fears realised as 2021 gets off to terrible start

7th January 2021

It wasn’t supposed to be like this.  When Irish businesses did what was asked of them and substantially shut up shop in mid-October it was in pursuit of a single aim.   They thought a second (and perhaps final) lockdown would allow them to open in time for Christmas, make the most of the festive […]

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Govt engages with banks on further repayment breaks

7th January 2021

The Government is engaging with the banking sector to ensure borrowers who need loan repayment breaks as a result of the further increase in Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions get them. Speaking this evening the Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar, said the Government wants to ensure that banks “provide additional payment breaks to mortgage holders and people who […]

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Govt engages with banks on further repayment breaks

7th January 2021

The Government is engaging with the banking sector to ensure borrowers who need loan repayment breaks as a result of the further increase in Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions get them. Speaking this evening the Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar, said the Government wants to ensure that banks “provide additional payment breaks to mortgage holders and people who […]

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Unemployment rate dips to 20.4% before latest lockdown

7th January 2021

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the Covid-19 adjusted unemployment rate stood at 20.4% in December as the Covid-19 crisis continues to have a significant impact on the labour market.  This figure includes people who are receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and is down from 21% in November. The CSO said the […]

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Unemployment rate dips to 20.4% before latest lockdown

7th January 2021

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the Covid-19 adjusted unemployment rate stood at 20.4% in December as the Covid-19 crisis continues to have a significant impact on the labour market.  This figure includes people who are receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and is down from 21% in November. The CSO said the […]

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