AIB has revealed that 2019 pre-tax profits fell by 60% to €499m. Though more or less €10m a week, the figure is down from 2018’s €20m-plus a week. Though all banks pay an annual levy the fact that they can, like all banks, write off losses against tax, meaning it will pay no corporation tax on profits for years to come, must soften the blow.
Ardscoil Rís produced another impressive display in the Dr Harty Cup at Kilmallock yesterday, beating Charleville CBS by 18-points. The champions, who defeated Hamilton High in the first round by a big margin, scored 4-14 from play, are now in the last eight.
Intense and exciting throughout, this memorable Cork Premier IHC semi-final at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night ended with fans on both sides having palpitations as Mallow threw everything at last year’s beaten finalists in a bid to grab a final place.
A strong showing from Imokilly at Kilworth last evening in the Cork SHC, classy in all sectors, they defeated last year’s Premier intermediate champions Ballyhea by 14 points to book their quarter-final place against titleholders Sarsfields in Cobh on Saturday week.
While Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final will represent the first championship meeting between Cork and Tipperary at Croke Park, the counties also clashed in that part of Drumcondra in the only Munster final ever to be decided outside of the province.
She may be languishing in the opinion polls and at risk of losing her seat. But Labour MEP Phil Prendergast has generated more online conversation in the last six months than any other candidate in the Ireland South constituency.