With just days to go…everything we know ahead of Budget 2018

With just days to go and negotiations on some aspects of the budget down to the wire here is everything we know so far about what to expect when Paschal Donohoe presents Budget 2018 on Tuesday. Tax cuts A cut to the much-hated USC and a tweaking of income tax bands will be included in […]

Food for thought when raising funding for new equipment

Q: I have an early-stage food business and I am looking for an investor as I need to fund additional equipment etc? Can you direct me? A: This is a classic case of the chicken and the egg. In many cases, investors won’t invest in an early-stage business as they will need to see proof […]

Haven cuts its mortgage rates for new and existing borrowers

Lender Haven has cut its mortgage rates for new and existing borrowers. The move follows reductions last month from its parent AIB and are similar in magnitude. The variable rate will fall by 0.25pc to 3.15pc from the start of next month for existing customers. The same rate applies for new customers from later this […]

Huge build-up of tax appeal cases

THERE has been a call for changes to the tax appeals regime after it emerged that thousands of taxpayers are in dispute with Revenue. Such is the backlog that it could take up to 10 years to clear all the cases, the Irish Tax Institute said. The institute said radical changes to how the appeals […]

Economy will suffer unless we can make Ireland a better place to live and work

Real pressure points are forming in the economy. The favourable winds that helped bring our unemployment rate down from 15pc in 2011 to below 7pc now are shifting. One of the problems for Ireland is remaining attractive as a place to live and work. Sometimes that is about more than just wage rates or taxation. […]

Almost 5,000 rental properties in the pipeline for South Dublin

Up to 4,700 residential rental units are in the pipeline for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council area. This could generate a 29pc increase in rental accommodation units in the area where there are already 16,332 tenancies registered with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB). About 1,000 of these new units are earmarked for students and […]

Microsoft to create 200 new jobs in Dublin

Microsoft is to create 200 new jobs at its Inside Sales organisation in Dublin. The roles will be in the area of technical and solutions sales specialists. In addition the company is recruiting people with language capabilities and leadership experience. The new roles are in addition to the 500 jobs created by Microsoft at the […]

Here’s how much house prices are rising every day around the country with no slowdown in sight

House prices are expected to increase by at least 10pc next year as economists warn Ireland’s housing crisis won’t be solved any time soon. Asking prices for houses in Dublin jumped by almost €40,000 in the last 12 months – or by around €107 each day – according to Meanwhile, prices around the country […]

Ten things women need to know about pensions

Women get a raw deal on pensions. Fewer of them work outside the home, and they often get paid less when they do take up paid employment. Many work only part-time. All this means that the gender pay gap feeds into the pension issue. So when they get to retire they typically have a third […]

Supporting female entrepreneurship benefits everyone

When women play a smaller role in growing the economy, we all lose out. Women make up 50pc of the population and the female employment rate is more than 55pc. Yet until a few years ago, female-led companies comprised 7pc of Enterprise Ireland’s High-Potential Startups group, just like the international average. Fewer female entrepreneurs meant […]