Chaos as Bitcoin has debut on Wall Street

Bitcoin futures surged as much as 26pc in their debut session on Cboe Global Markets’s exchange, triggering two temporary trading halts designed to calm the market. Initial volume exceeded dealers’ expectations, while traffic on Cboe’s website was so heavy that it caused delays and temporary outages. The website’s problems had no impact on trading systems, […]

How Irish households are most at risk in Europe from ECB rate hike

Irish householders and firms are most at risk of a looming interest rate hike by the European Central Bank compared to any other country in the EU, a leading Government think tank has warned. The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) warned that a so-called normalisation of monetary policy in the Eurozone – by unwinding […]

Self-administered pensions can lend via ‘P2P’ platform

Holders of self-administered pensions will be able to invest in so-called peer to peer (P2P) lending to Irish SMEs under a new scheme launched by Linked Finance. The company said its new accounts had been developed in conjunction with pension trustee companies so that they meet the typical requirements associated with the most common self-managed […]

How to ensure your Christmas donations are put to best use

Don’t let recent scandals put you off contributing to Irish charities – but do your research so your money goes to the right place. The run-up to Christmas is traditionally a time when many of us give to charity. Scandals in the charity sector in recent years – where a few organisations breached public trust […]

Pure Telecom focused on making real connection with customers

Pure Telecom is a wholly owned Irish telecoms company that provides fixed line, broadband and cloud telecoms to the business and consumer markets. Set up in 2002 by Paul Connell and Alan McGonnell and located in City West Business Campus, the company employs 100 staff and has annual revenues of more than €20m. “We differentiate […]

Alan O’Neill: Scaling up your organisation needs leaders with strategic vision

One in four children in Ireland has a special educational need. A lack of affordable private services means that too many children are struggling to reach their full potential. The waiting list for public occupational therapy services can take up to two years. Given that early intervention with a child is critical, that’s just too […]

Apple agrees to start paying €13bn tax bill early 2018 – a year after deadline

Apple is expected to start paying up to €13bn in back taxes into an escrow account in the first quarter of 2018, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said. “We have now reached agreement with Apple in relation to the principles and operation of the escrow fund,”Mr Donohoe told reporters before a meeting with European Competition Commissioner […]

Consumers advised to ‘review before you renew’ health insurance as part of new campaign

A new campaign has been launched to encourage health insurance policy holders to review their existing plan before renewal. The Health Insurance Authority (HIA) has introduced ‘Review before you renew’ which kicks off today across print, radio, TV and digital. Some 2,166,000 people were insured with inpatient health insurance plans at the end of September […]

How to rival Dublin’s tech scene

How should places outside Dublin compete for tech investment? This continues to be a big issue. Dublin soars, others struggle. So what should smaller towns do? Here are the factors that count when building a regional tech ecosystem. 1. The importance of local champions You can have all the IDA, Enterprise Ireland, task forces and […]

Taxback International to create 80 jobs in Kilkenny

Taxback International, a VAT recovery specialist, is to create 80 jobs at its Kilkenny headquarters. The roles are being created across a number of departments to deal with an increased demand for the company’s services from both Irish and international clients. Recruitment for the roles has already started, with positions ranging from graduate to senior […]