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EU will complicate trade talks if it aims to punish UK for leaving - Fox

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Brexit talks on a future trade relationship will only be complicated if the European Union decides to "punish Britain for having the audacity" to leave, Liam Fox has said.

Conroy's healthy investment strategy

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Three years ago, John Conroy walked away from Merrion Capital, the firm he founded with six of the country's leading brokers in 1999, taking with him a key lesson on building up a successful business. Finding the right people is as…

Pay and file: step-by-step guide to filing tax returns

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Preparing and filing your annual self-assessed tax return can be a daunting task for any taxpayer. Year after year, the Form 11 self-assessed tax return grows longer and more complex, with the 2016 version being 34 pages long with 15…

NCB and Quinn veteran Killeen's 'Post' exit plans

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If Conor Killeen harboured any ambitions to become a newspaper magnate, then the changing of the guard at Key Capital appears to have put an end to them.

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Banking on the Germans: Can the Sparkasse model really put manners on Irish banks?

German bank Sparkasse faces many hurdles if it is to fulfil its ambition to bring its community-focused, regionally-based lending model to Ireland. With public opinion of banks at an all-time low, one element of the model in particular may…

Imagine deal fuels earnings growth at Magnet Networks

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Earnings grew eight times higher at telecoms business Magnet Networks last year after it paid €14.2m to buy Imagine Telecommunications' business-to-business arm.

O'Malley Homes in €100m Cerberus exit

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Property business O'Malley Homes and Development has ended its relationship with US investment fund Cerberus after a €100m refinancing deal.

Broadlake-backed Merlyn Showering seeks buyer

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The Kilkenny-based bathroom equipment maker Merlyn Showering has courted potential buyers in recent months. The Sunday Independent understands that a purchase could value the company, which does most of its business in the UK, in excess of…

Nama would be a big winner from Murphy's high rise Dublin plan

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Housing minister Eoghan Murphy delivered what many will see as welcome news at the recent Irish Planning Institute Annual Autumn conference. At it he said he would tackle the "faintly ridiculous restrictions" on using scarce land in an…

Falcon awaits crucial fracking report from an Australian judge

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An Australian judge is due to issue a report within weeks that could have a profound impact on the future of Irish oil and gas exploration company Falcon Oil & Gas.

Tullamore Dew owner spends €25m to boost distilling operations in Offaly

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Tullamore Dew owner William Grant & Sons has put €25m into its distilling operation in the Offaly town this year as it seeks to drive sales.

Fund plans gas-powered data centres to beat Dublin 15 power shortages

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A company linked to investment fund Oaktree Capital plans to build three new gas-powered data centres in Blanchardstown, Dublin.

Bitcoin hits new record above $6,000

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Bitcoin surged to a record high of more than $6,000 last Friday, pushing its market capitalization to $100bn at one point, as investors continued to bet on an asset that has a limited supply and has paved the way for a whole slew of crypto…

Anger after wards of court funds lost cash

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Wards of court are some of the most vulnerable people in Irish society. They are deemed by the High Court to be unable to manage their own affairs - be it through catastrophic injury, illness or some other cause - so the Courts Service…

Big brands are not dying ... they are just changing

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Big brands are alive and kicking and rumours of their demise are greatly exaggerated. That's one of the key findings of an evidence-based and ground-breaking global research paper carried out by the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing…

Business takes off between Europe's Brexit-chasing cities

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Business is booming between the Brexit job-chasing cities of Dublin, Paris and Amsterdam. Air France-KLM's new head of the UK and Ireland, Benedicte Duval, revealed that the airline's Dublin routes have outperformed those in the UK so far…

One of my employees says she's being bullied by her manager - what should I do?

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Q One of my employees says she is being bullied by her manager. I understand that the company dignity and respect policy should be followed and I want to ensure the process is undertaken correctly. How should I proceed?

Social housing hit by immigrant investor rules

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Plans to build thousands of new social housing units have been put in jeopardy and at least €60m of planned foreign investment has been lost after rules governing Ireland's 'invest for residency' scheme were changed without consultation…

Dublin Airport study warns about delays

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A Report into the capacity of Dublin Airport has issued two "advisory flags" about Terminal 2 and warned about increasing delays at peak times.

Is Bellew preparing to take control at Ryanair?

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Peter Bellew's return to the Ryanair fold fires the starting gun on the race to succeed Michael O'Leary as the boss of Europe's largest airline.

Netflix shows that content is king

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Streaming video company Netflix announced substantial subscriber growth in its most recent earnings report last week. It now boasts 109 million subscribers, up from 86 million in the third quarter of last year. That means it's adding…

Energy is contagious and helps you face any storm

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'How do you find your energy?" I can't tell you how many times I've been asked that question. Last Tuesday alone I think I was asked it more than a dozen times.

How to shop for a safe Halloween outfit

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Q: I remember that a few years ago a child was badly burned after her Halloween costume caught on fire. I'm shopping for Halloween outfits and accessories and want to make sure the same thing doesn't happen to my children. What should I…

Time in the market, rather than timing, is key to investor returns

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Investing in markets is an emotionally-uncomfortable activity regardless of market conditions. Periods of high volatility with markets lurching downwards may be the most obvious fear for most investors, but the truth is that, in far more…

'I can do without anything - apart from love that is'

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Artist Kevin Sharkey was born in Dublin in 1961 and brought up in Killybegs, Co Donegal.

Jewellery business shows how to create a brand from scratch

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As the economy returns to growth, the jewellery industry in particular is a sector that has emerged changed immensely. When global markets and currencies fluctuate, investors divert their investment and seek safe havens such as gold and…

Motivated to make a difference

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Set up in 1995 by husband-and-wife team, Paul and Aisling Connolly, Motivation Weight Management operates 26 weight-management clinics throughout Ireland. Ten of the clinics are owned and run by the company while the remainder are run by…

General Electric boss vows change after 'horrible' Q3 results

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General Electric's new chief executive has vowed to shed more than $20bn (€17bn) worth of assets and hold executives accountable for failing to deliver profits after what he called "horrible" results in the third quarter.

We can't afford more 'Athenrys'

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I've always winced at the remark "how very Irish". I hate its connotations around a cultural predilection toward being "cute". But the events surrounding Apple's proposed data centre in Athenry brought the phrase to mind.

Irish exporters look east for growing market in quality goods

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Irish companies should look east to find a rising marketplace for quality goods and services.

The family that turned a 78-year-old Mayo garage into a luxury car chain

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As the southern section of the N17 - the road that connects Galway with Sligo - was last month reopened as the M17 motorway, Tuam-based band The Saw Doctors mused that their nostalgic hit song, about an Irish emigrant longing to be back…

Farmers have no appetite for the Dawn Meats deal

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The deal for Dawn Meats, owned by brothers John and Peter Queally, to buy Dunbia, owned by brothers Jim and Jack Dobson, seemed like a great solution for everyone. The Dobsons were trying to sell their business, which has wafer-thin…

Heavy hitters join Conroy's €100m health tech fund

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The former chief executive of Merrion Capital, John Conroy, has launched a €100m health and wellness fund that has a strong emphasis on tech.