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IMF upgrades Irish growth forecast but warns of risk from potential no-deal Brexit Global growth will likely be 3.3pc this year, according to the IMF IMF lifts Irish growth forecast. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut its global economic growth forecasts for 2019 and warned growth could slow further including because of a potentially messy Brexit. However, the global rescue fund raised the...
Dublin will take 10 years to copy 'Vienna model' for housing, says expert (Stock picture) The much-championed 'Vienna model' for affordable housing would take 10 years to have an impact in Ireland, according to Michaele Bankel, vice president of the Austrian capital's housing authority. In Vienna, where 45pc of housing is classified as social or affordable, people can earn as much as...
Developer offers €69m for complex to build flats near new Facebook HQ Artist’s impression of Fibonacci Square, which Johnny Ronan’s RGRE will develop as part of Facebook’s new EMEA headquarters in Ballsbridge, Dublin Allied Real Estate Group, a company controlled by developers Adrian Langan and Cathal McGinley, is offering €69.3m for all 90 apartments at Ballsbridge Court in Dublin with a...
Kevin Doyle: 'Time is precious - Tusk's right to tell British they can't afford to waste more in next six months'    Reddest of lines: The DUP’s Arlene Foster is less than impressed by Mrs May’s tactics. Picture: PA Cast your mind back six months to last October. Can you remember what was in the news? Probably not. You can be sure...
Eamonn Sweeney: 'Nothing less than a complete clear-out of the association's top echelon will do'    Blameless: Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien was thrown out of Turners Cross The current dysfunctional state of Irish football was perfectly encapsulated by an incident at Turners Cross on Friday night. As fans of Cork City unfurled a banner reading "Delaney Out", they were confronted by...
Fitzgerald: nightclubs facing insurance crisis Louis Fitzgerald says ‘ordinary publicans’ are having insurance problems for the first time. Photo: David Conachy Veteran publican Louis Fitzgerald plans to turn a well-known nightclub he has bought into student apartments because of the difficulties publicans now face with insurance in such venues. He told the Sunday Independent that insurance issues are a crisis for the...
Cricketer found guilty of raping sleeping woman as part of WhatsApp group 'game' Alex Hepburn denies rape Photo credit: Aaron Chown/PA WireAlex Hepburn, who has been found guilty of raping a sleeping woman Photo credit: West Mercia Police/PA Wire A cricketer has been found guilty of raping a sleeping woman during the first night of a sexual conquest competition he helped set...
Butter now the most volatile commodity in the world There are mixed signals from global markets on dairy demand for 2019, reports Louise Hogan Demand for dairy in European markets proved sluggish through 2018. Photo: Stock Volatility continues to be a major influencer in the dairy markets, with butter fluctuating more than a barrel of oil, according to Ornua trading specialist. There are...
Rat catcher Rentokil trapped in competition probe over Mitie deal Rentokil acquired Mitie’s pest control business last year for £40 million. Rentokil must now offer proposals to address the CMA’s concerns (PA) The competition watchdog has found that rat catcher Rentokil’s takeover of Mitie’s pest control unit could restrict choice and lead to higher prices for customers. Following a Phase 1 probe, the...
Andrea Felsted: Brexit delay could throw a lifeline to UK retail The closure of some Debenhams' outlets could help UK retail in the long run In Brexitland, much of the talk this week is about extension and delay. Whatever that means for the various camps in the debate, there are two consequences for UK retail. Postponing Britain's divorce from the EU could...

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