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Port of Cork announces collaboration with Port of Amsterdam

The Port of Cork has signed a collaboration agreement with the Port of Amsterdam today, a deal which will see both ports look to strengthen each other. “The Port of Cork, as well as Port of Amsterdam, wishes to share their expertise and experience in a number of areas in order to promote trade between their ports,” a statement from ... Read More »

No-deal Brexit would present huge difficulties to businesses in North

Businesses in Northern Ireland would face massive difficulties in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to an expert report carried out for the Northern Ireland civil service, with the burden falling most heavily on small and medium enterprises. The findings of the report by two lawyers specialising in EU and international customs law present a “sobering reflection of the ... Read More »

Irish software company Glantus buys UK group Dynistics for £1.75m

Irish analytics software company Glantus has bought UK business intelligence group Dynistics for £1.75 million (€1.9 million), adding extra expertise in education to the Glantus data technology portfolio. Dynistics provides software and services to a range of industries, including education. Glantus’s platform provides specialist solutions to the education, retail, construction and financial services sectors. “With the acquisition of Dynistics, Glantus ... Read More »

PM Hopeful Javid Proposes UK Pay for Both Sides of Irish Border System

The Interior Minister’s plan would establish a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and represents a rejection of the ‘backstop solution’, which calls for a border-free Ireland but would necessitate customs checks inside the United Kingdom between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. British Interior Minister and PM hopeful Sajid Javid said that UK should offer to ... Read More »

Irish man handed over to UK authorities over fine for tax evasion

An Irish man has been surrendered to British authorities for failing to pay a decades-old multimillion-pound fine for tax evasion. Daniel O’Connell (65) spent three years in an English prison in the early 2000s for one of the UK’s biggest ever VAT frauds. As part of his original sentence, O’Connell was made subject of a £6.3 million confiscation order, which ... Read More »

Irish Government signs deal with US to expand US immigration pre-clearance in Irish airports

Bonds Strengthen as Deal to Expand US Immigration Pre-Clearance at Dublin and Shannon Airports is Signed. Irish and American governments met in Washington to sign amended US immigration pre-clearance deal. In the midst of a time when political relations and free travel are under such scrutiny, the recent signing of an expanded US immigration pre-clearance deal is a pleasant development. ... Read More »

Irish Sea Port of Barrow Visited By UK Shipping Minister

At the Irish Sea Port of Barrow the UK Shipping Minister was welcomed at the Cumbrian port for an informative tour to showcase its operations and facilities. The visit hosted by Associated British Ports (ABP) Divisional Port Manager – North West, Carl Bevan, saw Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani MP was given a comprehensive tour of the port. This focused on ... Read More »

EU budget: Who pays most in and who gets most back?

With the European elections concluded, one of the big challenges facing the European Union (EU) will be agreeing its next budget. Every seven years, the EU agrees a long-term spending plan. All EU leaders have to agree on it unanimously, so the negotiations usually take a long time. The last seven-year plan was agreed in 2013, for the period 2014-20. ... Read More »

Microsoft moves $52.8bn of assets and its Asian trading operation to Ireland

Microsoft last year shifted $52.8 billion (€47.1 billion) worth of assets from Singapore to Ireland, as its Dublin-based European headquarters also assumed control of the software giant’s operations for the entire Asia-Pacific region. Company documents for Microsoft’s Irish entities show its Dublin holding company has assumed ownership of Microsoft Singapore, its main hub for Asia and Australia. It subsequently wrote ... Read More »

Four motorists arrested at Dublin Port Tunnel

Four motorists were arrested for dangerous driving and toll evasion at Dublin’s Port Tunnel on Thursday, as part of a targeted operation by road policing units. Three of the drivers were allegedly found to have drugs in their systems when they were tested at the roadside following dangerous driving. Cannabis showed up in two of the results, while the third ... Read More »

Leo Varadkar warns Ireland can’t be complacent despite recent Brexit revelations

Leo Varadkar has warned that “everything might be alright on the night” with Brexit, but that we can’t be complacent. Mr Varadkar said that key staff are now in place in Customs and Revenue to handle a possible no-deal Brexit or border complications. And he said that a new advertising campaign reminding people of the challenges of Brexit will be ... Read More »

Irish bishops say Brexit means EU elections have ‘far-reaching implications’

LEICESTER, United Kingdom – Ireland’s bishops have warned that this week’s European elections have “rarely been more important,” due to the “potentially profound and far-reaching implications” of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. Ireland’s bishops conference covers the entire island, which includes the Republic of Ireland in the south and Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, in ... Read More »

Warrenpoint Port set for £9.5m carbon dioxide terminal

A Japanese firm is to build a £9.5m carbon dioxide (CO2) import terminal at Warrenpoint Port. The gas is widely used in the food and drink industry, mainly for refrigeration. The new facility, to be developed by Nippon Gases, will store liquid CO2 for industry across the island of Ireland. Work is due to start this summer, with operations expected ... Read More »

European Parliament elections preview: Ireland

Ireland’s European elections will be held on 24 May, with local elections also being held on the same day. Rory Costello writes that despite the importance of the Brexit negotiations for Ireland, the European election campaign has so far been surprisingly low-key, reflecting the degree of stability that has returned to the country’s politics since the turbulence of the financial ... Read More »

Fears Dublin port ban could signal ‘end of an era’ for cruise ships in Belfast

AS the enormous Celebrity Reflection cruise ship sails into Belfast this morning, bringing thousands of deep-pocketed North Americans to the city’s visitor attractions, shops, pubs and restaurants, there are fears it could be the ‘end of an era’ for this type of tourism. For it comes as the Dublin Port Company sticks to its guns and restricts the number of ... Read More »

A new direction of travel for the UK and Ireland

In 1952, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland agreed passport-free travel between their countries. They added the rights to reside and work in 1954 and to claim social security the following year. In 1957, they formalised this in a treaty creating the Nordic Passport Union, with a common external immigration frontier. In 1962, an associated treaty was signed for political co-operation ... Read More »

Chinese officials commit to Irish plant inspections in August

A commitment by Chinese authorities to carry out a plant approval inspection in Ireland in August has been welcomed by Meat Industry Ireland (MII). However, MII’s senior director, Cormac Healy, said that it would have been “preferable” if the Asian country had granted pre-registration and approval “immediately”. “At today’s meeting with vice-minister Zhang Jiwen of China’s customs [administration], it was ... Read More »

‘Bungled’ Brexit hugely detrimental to Ireland – head of Unite

A “bungled” Brexit and two years of “Tory Brexit chaos” have been hugely detrimental to the economy of the entire island of Ireland and threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs across Ireland and the UK, according to the head of Britain’s biggest trade union. Addressing the Unite trade union conference in Dublin, General Secretary Len McCluskey cited estimates that investment ... Read More »

Minister reassures DUP leader over reduced cruise ship business

Minister for Transport Shane Ross sought to reassure DUP leader Arlene Foster that Cork and Belfast would fill the gap left by Dublin Port’s reduction in cruise ship arrivals. Mr Ross wrote to the Northern Irish politician last month after she expressed concern that cruise liners may decide not to dock at Belfast Harbour if Dublin limited berth space for ... Read More »

Brexit deal which keeps us in the customs union will cost every Brit £800, even Remainers admit

Theresa May is rumoured to be on the verge of offering a customs union style deal with Labour which would keep us tied to the bloc for years to come. The research, commissioned by pro-Remainers the People’s Vote campaign, which want to stop Brexit altogether, says trade still wouldn’t be as easy as it is now. The economic burden of ... Read More »