BUSINESS FEATURES - IRISH EXAMINER

Galway data centre investment key to Ireland’s reboot

The decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant approval for Apple to proceed with a large data centre in Co Galway is an important stepping stone in Ireland’s industrial economic strategy.

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Joined-up thinking on how to spend €3.8bn

It is almost a year since the Government launched its capital plan covering 2016 to 2021. The plan received a broad if cautious welcome at the time, though the focus of attention soon switched to the budget.

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Making a case for investing in pricey US stocks

As we come to the end of the second quarter earnings season, both in the US and across Europe, the case for owning US listed equities over European stocks continues to strengthen.

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How foreign firms are making a killing in buying Irish property

If you are a foreign investor or a non-resident Irish citizen, buying property here is a no-brainer. This is not news.

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The Tipperary Kitchen is aiming to cook a very sweet success

Trish Dromey meets a County Tipperary couple who survived the recession with their award-winning cakes and meringues.

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Sterling is still the big deal for Irish exporters

Sterling’s slump since Britain voted to leave the EU continues to be a major conundrum for Ireland’s exporters.

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Time to knuckle down as chance for growth exists

Imagine you own a company. Let us call it, for convenience, Munster plc. This business has a lot of employees and operates across many different sectors like a large conglomerate.

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It’s not our GDP figures that need fixing, it’s us

Another week another inversion — one of the world’s largest meat companies, JBS, signalled that it would relocate its HQ to Ireland. It also noted that this HQ company would be controlled from an office park in Herefordshire.

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Brazilian economy could harness success of Rio Olympics yet

Despite the political turmoil, the Zika virus, junk bond rating of its sovereign debt and its deepest recession in a century, Brazil still stands as one of the world’s largest economies – and one of the most important trading partners for Ireland in South America.

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Duke of Westminster Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor showed old money’s enduring power

Last Tuesday, the Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, Britain’s wealthiest native-born citizen, died suddenly on his Lancastrian estate, at the age of 64. Control of the Grosvenor family empire has passed to his 25-year-old son, Hugh, who now becomes the seventh Duke.

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Mortgage bill the only way to drive down rates

Two years ago, when we launched the Fair Mortgage Rates Campaign, Irish borrowers were paying 4.5% compared to an average Eurozone rate of 2.64% — a difference of 1.86%.

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Britain cuts rates to mitigate the impact of June’s Brexit vote

As expected, the Bank of England announced a 25 basis points cut in its bank rate to 0.25% from 0.50% following last week’s meeting of its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).

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Sky looking to broaden its horizons across the EU

As the Premier League season gets under way next weekend, Sky TV will once again assert its dominance across the sporting realm. Brushing aside the post-Brexit concerns dogging many other UK companies, Sky shares posted a 7% rise —their strongest increase in three years — on the back of significant revenue growth.

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Solving Brexit conundrum will take some time

In 2002, the notoriously evasive US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld made his famous observations on “known knowns”, “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns”.

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Sportlomo's software is putting sports on right track

Software developed by Mayo company Sportlomo tracks schedules, manages fixtures and collects results for amateur sports groups, writes Trish Dromey

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Motor insurance sector in need of tighter regulation

“In this country, somebody is always putting their hand in your wallet.” One of the things I heard when recently filming a documentary on the rising cost of car insurance.

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Stress tests show our banking woes haven’t gone away

Despite the compelling economic recovery story that has been steadily building over the past couple of years, objective observers of the economy have recognised the health of the banking sector as an ongoing source of concern for Ireland.

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Stress tests raise questions for Irish banking system

An EU-wide stress test suggests that our banks are not in fact on top of their game as they would have us believe.

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Uber’s competitors look a much better bet than Uber itself

After Uber’s deal with China’s Didi Chuxing, investors in the world’s most highly valued private company are probably wondering if they should have put their money directly into Didi, the way Apple did earlier this year. They should be asking similar questions about Uber’s rivals in its other markets.

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No clear signal a US interest rate hike is imminent

The July meeting of the US Federal Reserve last week concluded as expected without it making any changes to its current policy stance.

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Ad blockers offer opportunity to online publishers

Imagine a web without ads: No more intrusive page takeovers, no more irrelevant pop-ups, and no more bizarre, third-party banners promising a septuagenarian’s secret to wrinkle-free skin.

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Despite cheap money, families remain homeless

The European Commission, still sensing the Brexit tremors beneath its feet, this week ignored its own regulations and chose not to fine Portugal and Spain for failure to comply with fiscal limits.

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Policymakers are struggling to cope with global upheaval

At the beginning of the year, it was blatantly obvious that 2016 was going to be an interesting and unpredictable year, and as we move past the halfway point, that is exactly how it has transpired.

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