Enterprise Ireland’s Brexit Advisory Clinic, Portlaoise

Enterprise Ireland is running a series of nationwide Brexit Advisory Clinics, the next of which will take place in Portlaoise on Thursday, 22nd February.   The purpose of the clinic is to support companies affected by Brexit in Laois and the surrounding areas to take immediate action to address their exposure. The clinic aims to strengthen […]

2018 Will Be Defining Year – IFA

Addressing the 63rd Annual General Meeting of the Irish Farmers Association in Dublin today (Tues), IFA President Joe Healy said 2018 will be a defining year for farming. Never before have such major challenges as Brexit, the CAP Budget, Mercosur and climate change converged in a single year. He said IFA will be there to represent the […]

Irish Musician Susie Q Releases Video With Power Message

The start of the new year tends to get most of us thinking about our hopes for the year ahead, for our own lives and for the world around us. Recent years have seen tremendous turmoil on the global stage – the war in Syria, Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the rise of global […]

Foodwise Targets Dependent On Brexit Outcome – IFA

Speaking at today’s major conference on the Foodwise 2025 strategy for the agri-food sector, IFA President Joe Healy said the achievement of the 2025 targets would be very dependent on what happens in the Brexit talks over the coming days.   Joe Healy, a panellist at today’s conference, said, “This strategy and the targets it […]

Ibec Quarterly Economic Outlook Forecasts Growth In 2018

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today published its latest Quarterly Economic Outlook (attached), which forecasts growth of 4.8% for 2017, and 3.9% in 2018. This growth is being driven by a buoyant labour market, with figures showing total household disposable income increasing sharply. It warned, however, that the risk of our growth being derailed […]

Report Shows Tourims VAT Increase Will Cost Jobs

Restaurants Association of Ireland, CEO, Adrian Cummins has today expressed deep concern about any increase to the 9% VAT rate for Tourism. The Association has launched its economic impact report by Economist, Jim Power which assesses the impact a 1% increase in the VAT rate would have on the sector.   The food service and […]

IFA Meets Agricultural Development Board On Brexit Impact For Sheep

IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey said the lamb trade has settled this week with supplies back following the Eid festival, and factories are paying €4.85 to €4.95/kg to get lambs.   He said top prices of up to €5.00/kg were paid. On weights, he said more farmers were securing weights to 22kgs and a […]

Brexit: European Commission Publishes Guiding Principles On Ireland And Northern Ireland

The European Commission has today set out its principles for the political dialogue on Ireland and Northern Ireland in the Brexit negotiations. Today’s paper states that the Good Friday Agreement should continue to be protected and strengthened in all its parts after the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. The continuation of the Common Travel Area, […]

UK Customs Proposals Very Negative For Irish Agriculture – IFA

IFA President Joe Healy has said the UK’s insistence on leaving the customs union and pursuing an independent trade policy amount to a hard Brexit and is potentially very negative for Irish agriculture and the value of our agri-food exports.   The IFA President was commenting on the UK Government’s Position Paper on Future Customs […]

Ibec Forecasts Strong Growth In Economy

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today published its latest Quarterly Economic Outlook (attached), which forecasts growth of 4.2% for 2017, and 3.2% in 2018. A strong labour market, in particular, will underpin the buoyancy of the domestic economy, but Brexit related trading challenges will remain for exporters. This will be a particular challenge […]

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