4 things you need to know before installing the HSE Covid-19 contact-tracing app


The HSE’s Covid-19 contact-tracing app is now available, but what does it do and how effective could it be? Developed by Waterford-based Nearform, the much anticipated HSE contact-tracing app is now live in Ireland on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. While restrictions around movement and activities are beginning to lift in Ireland, the […]

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Ireland may not rebound until 2024 if there is a second wave


The Central Bank of Ireland has warned it could take until 2024 for the Irish economy to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic if there is a second outbreak of Covid-19. This warning is based on the worst-case scenario laid out in the Central Bank’s latest quarterly analysis of the economy. This scenario assumes the strict lockdown period has a […]

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12,000 unfilled roles in Irish IT sector


Those looking to change career in 2020 should consider coding because they will be guaranteed a high-paying role in a flexible, exciting industry. This is according to Wild Code School, one of Europe’s leading coding institutions, which is opening its first campus in Ireland next week. It is estimated there are approximately 12,000 unfilled IT […]

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Numbers directly employed in multinational sector in Ireland at an all time high


Job announcements from Facebook and Salesforce pushed employment among multinationals in Ireland 6% higher last year but the state agency competing to win foreign business said it saw significant risks to future growth. Foreign firms account for one in 10 jobs in Ireland’s fast growing economy and they added a net 13,867 roles in 2019, just shy of […]

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Two thirds of small Irish businesses plan to recruit in 2020


Domestic economic growth in 2019 is likely to be close to 5.9% and members of the Small Firms Association (SFA) see this as the biggest opportunity for their business in the coming year, despite the external backdrop.  In the past five years, small businesses have created 75,000 jobs and two thirds of SFA member companies […]

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Regional enterprise centres target Brexit relocation small firms


In a major survey conducted as part of a new national strategy launched by the National Association of Community Enterprise Centres (NACEC), some 60% of the group’s members believe Britain’s departure from the European Union presents an opening to lure small UK and Northern Ireland companies to their centres as tenants. A majority of community […]

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SMEs face tougher 2020 even without Brexit – forecast


Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) face a more difficult trading environment even without the imminent threat of Brexit, according to a new analysis. Today’s SME Market Monitor surveyed a host of data pointing to a cooling economy beset by worries beyond Brexit. These include a recent rise in unemployment and decline in tourism. The report […]

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Ireland is 5th place among EU countries for aspiring entrepreneurs


Ireland now ranks 5th highest among European countries for rates of early stage entrepreneurship. This is according to the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Survey of Entrepreneurship in Ireland which was this week.  The annual study, which is sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, with the support of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation also found […]

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