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Room at the top: Co-working helps ensure Dublin keeps its place in the top 30 cities for tech THE BIG PICTURE Stock image Dublin has been ranked 19th out of the top 30 cities in the world as an environment for the technology sector, boosted by access to so-called co-working spaces. The 'Tech Cities in Motion' index from property agent Savills measured cities...
Ireland spending 'hundreds of millions of euros' on no-deal Brexit - Coveney Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins Ireland is spending "hundreds of millions of euros" on preparing for a no-deal Brexit, which would be a "crazy outcome" of three years of EU-UK negotiations, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said. "We are spending hundreds of millions of euros in Ireland preparing for...
Early medical care could have saved Holby City actor's daughter at festival, court told Undated family handout file photo of Louella Fletcher-Michie, the daughter of Holby City actor John Michie, who was found dead after taking party drug 2CP at the Bestival site at Lulworth Castle in Dorset on September 11 2017. Zoe Barling/PA Wire A TV actor's daughter who died...

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Retail sales return to growth as shoppers took advantage of January bargains Sales boosted volumes following a poor Christmas. Retail sales returned to growth in January (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) Retail sales rose in January and beat market expectations as shoppers took advantage of discounts following a disappointing Christmas. Retail sales increased by 1% last month following a 0.7% decline in December, according to the...
Almost half of properties snapped up by cash buyers Prof Mary Lambkin: There is a need for 350,000 new homes. Picture: Frank McGrath Almost half of all the residential properties bought last year were purchased with cash or savings. Some 25,000 properties were bought without the need to take out a mortgage. This was not far off the level in the recession years,...
Charlie Weston: 'Investors and downsizers are the cash kings in property realm'    (Stock picture) People struggling to qualify for a mortgage will be bemused that so many buyers can sidle up to an estate agent and offer to buy a property with cash. Almost half of the residential properties bought last year were purchased with cash or savings. Surging price rises and Central...
Robinson says sustainable goals should be part of education curriculum The former Irish president described the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as “very relevant to our world” Former Irish president Mary Robinson launches Trinity College’s Green Week in the Front Square, Trinity College Dublin (Niall Carson/PA) Former Irish president Mary Robinson has said sustainable development goals should form part of the school curriculum...
IS schoolgirl compares Manchester Arena bomb to military strikes in Syria Shamima Begum in a photo provided by her family A teenage girl who fled Britain to join Islamic State has compared the Manchester Arena bombing to military assaults on Syria. In an interview with the BBC, Shamima Begum, now 19, said the deaths of 22 innocent people in the terrorist attack...
Trump declares national emergency to secure funding for border wall The move will allow him to bypass Congress to spend more money to erect barriers on the Mexico border. Donald Trump (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the US-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed...
'Invisible and undervalued' - report shines light on 'squeezed middle' Burden on the lower-middle classes is clear, says report A hard-hitting new report warns Ireland's working and middle classes are amongst the most "squeezed" in Europe. Hard-working families face a high cost of living and lack of universal provision in public services, in particular health, childcare and housing. It says the "squeezed...

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