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Euro zone economy not near ‘super bounce back’ – Lane

The chief economist of the European Central Bank Philip Lane has said he does not believe economies are “entering some new inflationary environment”. He said there is “zero connection between spikes in prices in the reopening of the world economy and inflation trends.” Professor Philip Lane was speaking at an online event hosted by the

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Tax increases needed to fund public services – ESRI

The Economic and Social Research Institute has said “sizeable tax increases in the years ahead” will be needed to fund public services. In a paper published today, the think-tank said an over-reliance on corporate tax receipts and changes to motor tax means alternative sources of revenue will have to be found. Even before the pandemic,

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Consumer confidence hits 23-month high, as optimism builds

Consumer confidence hit a 23-month high this month, according to KBC Bank Ireland’s latest consumer sentiment index. The index rose to 85.8 in May from 77.9 in April, as the Covid-19 virus incidence declined and the vaccination rollout picked up pace. It now stands at its strongest level since June 2019, when it was at

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Personal injury reforms to ‘positively’ impact premiums – Zurich CEO

New personal injury guidelines for the insurance industry will “positively” impact premiums, according to the CEO of Zurich Ireland. Anthony Brennan said in the coming weeks, the company will implement changes to customers premiums to reflect the impact of the reforms. Mr Brennan was addressing the Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, which today

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Prospective buyers unhappy over omission of apartments from scheme

Demand is high and supply remains low. That’s the stark reality of the country’s housing market. The Government hopes its proposal to introduce a stamp duty charge of 10% on the purchase of ten or more houses will free up some of that limited supply. But the big question is will it work? Joanne Hogan

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Firms pledge to improve diversity, inclusivity in workplace

New research has found that a person with a disability is four and-a-half times more likely to be unemployed than those in the general population. The study also shows that a black person is six times more likely to be without a job. This rises to 13 times amongst Travellers. The research, which aims to

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EU proposes ‘business-friendly’ unified tax rulebook for companies

The European Commission has proposed new corporation tax rules in Europe that could allow companies to file one tax return for all its operations in the EU. The EU’s “Business in Europe: Framework for Income Taxation” (BEFIT) will be a single rulebook for companies trading in Europe. It will replace an earlier Commission proposal called

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Post-Covid ‘balancing act’ the next challenge for business

A new survey shows that 43% of organisations overall reported that absenteeism fell during 2020. This figure was even higher in the public sector at 59%, according to the CIPD Ireland annual HR Practices in Ireland survey, carried out with the Kemmy Business School at University of Limerick. The survey also revealed that while 89%

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Over 95% of workers support some form of remote working – survey

Over 95% of workers now favour some form of remote working, with fewer than 5% wanting a full-time return to the office, according to the Second Annual National Remote Working Survey. The survey of over 6,400 respondents from both the public and private sectors by NUI Galway and the Western Development Commission reflects a further

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Cabinet to discuss proposals to prevent bulk buying of homes

The ministers for Housing and Finance are expected to bring proposals to the Cabinet this morning to prevent the bulk purchase of housing estates by investment funds. Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien is to brief ministers on proposals to issue a circular to local authorities banning them from granting planning for developments of houses and

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