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Prime Minister urged to address concerns of Northern Ireland firms over Brexit

Businesses in Northern Ireland have called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take “swift and decisive action” to address their concerns over Brexit and help restore power-sharing. The former Foreign Secretary yesterday scored a comfortable victory over leadership rival Jeremy Hunt as Conservative Party members voted for a new leader and resident of 10 Downing Street. Ann McGregor, chief executive ... Read More »

Irish bouncy castle industry in trouble as sole insurer jumps out

A lack of competition in the insurance market and excessive compensation payments are to blame for difficulties with getting cover for bouncy castles, business owners have said. It emerged last week that small bouncy castle businesses may have to pull the plug on their inflatables for good if an alternative to UK-based LeisureInsure is not found, businesses have said. Its ... Read More »

Castletownbere’s Shellfish Ireland secures €500,000 contract for Lidl stores in Spain and Portugal

A Castletownbere based seafood company is celebrating after landing a €500,000 deal with Lidl to supply brown crabs to 800 of its stores in Spain and Portugal. Shellfish Ireland, which employs around 150 people in Castletownbere, landed the deal due to their relationship with Lidl Ireland, and will now see its produce shipped from West Cork to depots all over ... Read More »

Benefit in kind rules lure more firms to finance ecars

Retention of aspects of the benefit in kind rules for motor vehicles has prompted an increasing volume of businesses to seek out car finance for electric vehicles, analysis from Bank of Ireland shows. The analysis, carried out by Stephen Healy, head of the bank’s motor sector in its business banking team, shows that 45 per cent of loans for electric ... Read More »

Ireland’s backstop is ‘precious’ and needs to be defended, says EC president-elect

The incoming president of the European Commission has indicated she will defend Ireland’s “precious” backstop ahead of Brexit. Ursula von der Leyen told MEPs she still hopes the UK will reverse its decision to leave the European Union on October 31. But failing that she urged the UK’s next prime minister to accept the existing Withdrawal Agreement which includes the ... Read More »

Irish business associations around the world

Join IrishCentral this July as we pay tribute to the #InternationalIrish who are breaking the mold, smashing glass ceilings, and emerging as the next generation of global thinkers and leaders. We take a look at Irish business associations around the world who play pivotal roles in strengthening the bonds between the adopted nations of the Irish diaspora and their ancestral ... Read More »

South West Ireland and Midlands partner to boost economy

Companies from South West Ireland and the Midlands attend the UK launch of the Joining the Dots programme to promote stronger partnerships and collaboration On Wednesday (July 3) the Department for International Trade’s Midlands Engine team welcomed a delegation from the South West of Ireland in Coventry at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) for the launch of the British Embassy ... Read More »

Belfast Harbour Takes Delivery On Mantsinen 300M

Cooper Specialised Handling has confirmed delivery of the world’s largest hydraulic crane to Belfast Harbour and that it has entered service. Also, in a landmark delivery, the machine was delivered in one-piece which marks a watershed for future deliveries of hydraulic cranes into portside customers for the UK port equipment supply specialist. Belfast Harbour is Northern Ireland’s principal maritime gateway ... Read More »

Boris Johnson accuses EU of ‘moral blackmail’ over backstop

Boris Johnson has accused the European Union of “moral blackmail” over the backstop as he insisted he would never allow the return of a hard border between the North and the Republic of Ireland. In the latest Tory leadership hustings held in Belfast, both Mr Johnson and his rival Jeremy Hunt insisted the backstop had to go if there was ... Read More »

Shannon Port Company is Powering the Estuary Region

In the mid-west the Shannon Foynes Port Company is pursuing an unprecedented investment programme at pace to transform the Shannon Estuary into a major economic hub and act as an economic counter-pole to Dublin, consistent with Government’s National Planning Framework. According to the Limerick Post, the port authority, which is responsible for all commercial navigation of the estuary, has a ... Read More »

Bank of Ireland to sell its UK credit card business for £530m

Bank of Ireland has sold its British credit card portfolio to digital finance company Jaja Finance for around £530 million. The portfolio comprises existing Bank of Ireland UK, the AA and Post Office-branded credit cards. Bank of Ireland said the group had entered into a separate long-term agreement under which Jaja will become the issuer for the AA and Bank ... Read More »

Warm weather to last until weekend as temperatures reach 28C

Temperatures in Ireland reached up to 28C in some areas today as a heatwave continues to affect many parts of Europe. A Status Yellow high temperature warning was in effect for six counties in the west and south during the afternoon. The warning was for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick. Met Éireann also advised that the Solar UV ... Read More »

Boris Johnson’s comments on the Irish border show he’s learned absolutely nothing

Boris Johnson has said that if he is made Prime Minister, he will need EU co-operation to avoid a hard border and devastating tariffs in the event of the UK leaving without a deal. In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the former foreign secretary criticised the UK negotiating team for creating the backstop to prevent a hard border in ... Read More »

Report suggests new agri-food area for Ireland, UK

A new shared food safety and animal health area taking in the island of Ireland and the island of Great Britain as a whole should be created to prevent the Irish backstop taking effect, according to a report by a UK non-government body of MPs, academics, trade and customs experts. The report suggests that such an arrangement would mean remove ... Read More »

Drugs worth €2m seized from industrial unit in west Dublin

Customs officers have seized almost €2m worth of cannabis and have arrested three men in connection to the drugs bust. Two crates were discovered in an industrial unit in Clondalkin yesterday. They contained approximately 98Kg of cannabis with an estimated value of €1.96 million. Gardaí arrested three men at the scene, aged 57, 49 and 32. They are currently being ... Read More »

Irish border: UK expert panel to advise on post-Brexit arrangements

The UK government has appointed a panel of experts to advise on alternative arrangements for the Irish border after Brexit. Alternative arrangements refers to ways of maintaining a soft border without close regulatory alignment between the UK and the EU. It is normally used to refer to technical or technological solutions. A group of Brexit-supporting MPs has already set up ... Read More »

Tory leadership: Rivals clash over Irish border Brexit plans

The five remaining candidates to become the next prime minister have clashed over how to avoid a hard border in Ireland after Brexit. The MPs running to become Conservative leader answered questions from the public in a live debate on BBC One. All five agreed the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland should remain “free and open”. ... Read More »

Alleged £17m scam firm in Australia ‘has links to Northern Ireland company’

An Australian company, which is accused of operating an alleged scam, has been found to have close ties with a business based in Co Down. Viewble Media Pty Ltd is facing accusations of leaving Australian businesses almost AUS $31m (£16.9m) in debt. A BBC News NI investigation has discovered that Viewble Media was operating across the UK from Groomsport, after ... Read More »

Welsh and Irish ports Backed by €2-6m EU Project

Five Welsh and Irish sea ports are to benefit from a €2.6m (£2.3m) EU project aimed at improving tourism. The Ports, Past and Present project, part of the Ireland Wales Co-operation programme, was revealed by the Welsh Government’s minister for international relations, Eluned Morgan during a visit to the Republic of Ireland. The project will develop new tourism opportunities between ... Read More »

Tory push to ‘just get on’ with Brexit threatens Irish Border crisis

We can’t go back to the “borders of the past” has been a constant political refrain on all sides in the Brexit debate. And we probably won’t, at least not in the way most people think of the old Irish Border, as a security checkpoint with watchtowers and soldiers. But a report published during the week points to what a ... Read More »