Sound of Ireland radio station launches €5K competition for Irish businesses for St Patrick’s week

€5,000 sponsorship competition launched – open to all Irish business to promote ‘The Best of Irish’ As people across the globe celebrate Ireland’s national holiday, ‘The Sound of Ireland’ pop-up radio station will return to the airwaves again from 11th to 18th March on FM in Dublin (subject to licence) and streaming across Ireland and the world.  Now […]

Alliance of Age Sector NGOs call for an Independent Commissioner for Ageing and Older People

 The Alliance of Age Sector NGOs, representing seven leading older persons organisations, is calling on all political parties to include a commitment in their manifestos, ahead of the next general election, to establish an Independent Commissioner for Ageing and Older People and to relaunch the National Positive Ageing Strategy (2013) with a strong implementation and monitoring plan […]

Ireland’s Deposit Return Scheme Guidance for Consumers

Ireland’s Deposit Return Scheme is now live nationwide.  Re-turn has shared further guidance for consumers on how the Scheme works and how to get your deposit refund.   My drinks container did not have a Re-turn logo on it, but I was still charged a deposit. Why?    Should consumers be charged a deposit on […]

Staffing Crisis in Horticulture Sector Must be Addressed

IFA Horticulture chair Mark Walsh said the increases in staff costs over the past few months are enormous and have left the horticulture sector in an unsustainable position. “It has been a relentlessly difficult period for the sector, from Brexit; the Covid pandemic; spiralling input costs from the Russian invasion of Ukraine; and now unexpected […]

Cost Pressures Continue to Impact on Farm Incomes

IFA President Francie Gorman said today’s CSO figures for agriculture in 2023 show that farmers are still caught in a ‘cost-price’ squeeze. “While input costs have reduced by 5.5%, the price paid to farmers has fallen further by 8.2% over the 12-month period, resulting in the terms of trade falling by 2.9% when compared to […]

Used car prices begin to stabilise as EV market continues to shift

  HIGHLIGHTS: Era of pandemic-induced inflation begins to subside Car site DoneDeal’s latest car price index shows that the average quarterly rate of used car inflation slowed to 2.2%. While the annual rate of inflation slowed to 9% in Q4, down from 10.5% in Q3, the lowest since 2019. In-depth analysis of ad view trends on […]

EY Economic Eye: Growth Uplift for Irish Economy Forecast for 2024 as Inflation Tracks Lower and Interest Rate Cycle Turns

EY forecasts Irish GDP to rise by 2.2% in 2024 and 3.8% in 2025; Modified Domestic Demand to grow by 2.2% in 2024 and 2.5% in 2025 Employment forecast to increase by 1.6% in 2024, labour market to remain tight Inflation continuing on its downward trend with EY forecasting inflation at 3% for 2024, returning […]

Guidance for Irish Consumers on Deposit Return Scheme

Ireland’s Deposit Return Scheme is live. The operator of the nationwide scheme, Re-turn, has the following guidance for consumers.  What will I pay?   A deposit of 15 cents will apply to each drinks container from 150ml – 500mls and a deposit of 25 cents for drinks containers over 500ml to 3 litres.     How will I get […]

Offaly Schools Reminder for Art Competition deadline

Offaly teachers in primary and second level schools, whose pupils take part in the annual Texaco Children’s Art Competition, are reminded that the closing date for receipt of entries this year is Wednesday, 28th February next.   Now in its 70th year, the Texaco Children’s Art Competition is widely acknowledged as the longest running arts sponsorship in Ireland. Details are available at www.texacochildrensart.com

Irish Beverage Council and Drinks Ireland welcome the launch of Ireland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS)

The Irish Beverage Council and Drinks Ireland, the Ibec groups representing the non-alcohol and alcohol beverage industries on the Island of Ireland, welcome the launch of the Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in Ireland, following a long-term constructive and dynamic partnership across industry, Government, and NGOs. DRS represents a significant change in how beverage manufacturers, retailers, […]

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