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SBCI call for lending partners for €300m Brexit Loan Scheme
21 Nov 2017; posted by editor - Business


The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) is seeking expressions of interest from banks and other financial intermediaries to partner in a €300m Brexit Loan Scheme.

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Tags: Brexit Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland
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Storm Brian parks closure notice
20 Oct 2017; posted by editor - General


In view of the current Met Éireann status Orange wind warning, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has announced that the following sites will be closed to the public for tomorrow Saturday 21 October:

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Ireland's Horizon 2020 funding moves on to next stage
18 Oct 2017; posted by editor - Business, Science, Technology


Innovative researchers in companies, Higher Education Institutes and public bodies are being encouraged to apply for the next stage of EU Horizon 2020 funding.

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Public consultation on Competition Act launched
29 Sep 2017; posted by editor - General, Business


A public consultation to review certain provisions under the Competition Act 2002 relating to mergers and acquisitions, including financial thresholds has been launched by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, today (29 September 2017).

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Tags: Competition Act 2002
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Water users urged to take precautions due to outbreak of Crayfish Plague
30 Aug 2017; posted by editor - General, Environment


All water users are being urged to take precautions to stop the spread of crayfish plague after confirmation of an outbreak on the Lorrha River in North Tipperary. 

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Tags: Crayfish Plague Lorrha River North Tipperary
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Ireland to Join Leading International Astronomy Collaboration
29 Jun 2017; posted by editor - Science, Technology


Ireland is joining the International LOFAR Telescope collaboration following the signing of a funding agreement between the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Trinity College Dublin to enable Ireland to join the collaboration. The agreement was signed on behalf of Trinity College Dublin by the Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast.

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Tags: LOFAR LOw Frequency ARray Telescope Birr Co Offaly
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Ireland elected to Government Body of International Labour Organisation
15 Jun 2017; posted by editor - International


Ireland has been elected to the Government Body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) as a full member in Geneva for a three year term.  It is the first time Ireland has been a full member of the Governing Body of the ILO since joining the Organisation in 1923.

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Tags: International Labour Organisation
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New support for artists
12 Jun 2017; posted by editor - General, Arts


Fine Gael Leader and Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar TD, and the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, have today (Monday) announced the details of new arrangements to make it easier for artists and writers to access social welfare supports. The Ministers made the announcement at Poetry Ireland's new headquarters on Parnell Square, Dublin.

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Tags: Creative Ireland
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Companies (Accounting) Act 2017 comes into operation
08 Jun 2017; posted by editor - General, Business


The new Companies (Accounting) Act 2017 which came into force today introduces a new category of company, the micro company, and aims to reduce the financial reporting obligations on those very small companies.

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Irish police phone tapping undermines citizens' rights
01 Jun 2017; posted by editor - General, Human Rights


by Zarja Protner, EDRi intern
An Garda Síochána, the Irish police force has fallen, yet again, under public scrutiny for privacy violations of innocent citizens. An investigation by the Irish Independent newspaper has found that members of the public had their phones tapped without proper justification.

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Certification of Inventions Act 2017 comes into force and extends to SMEs
29 May 2017; posted by editor - General, Business, Health, Science, Technology


An Act for a certification scheme aimed at inventions developed by SMEs has now come into operation within the Knowledge Development Box initiative announced in the Finance Act, 2015, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O'Connor announced last week.

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Tags: Knowledge Development Box invention certification scheme
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Ireland's first satellite to be launched
26 May 2017; posted by editor - General, Science


The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the selection of the EIRSAT-1 satellite, led by University College Dublin and Queen's University Belfast, in partnership with five Irish companies to develop, launch and operate a Cubesat to be launched from the International Space Station. This will be Ireland's first ever satellite and is being developed under the ESA Education Office "Fly Your Satellite" ! 2017 Programme.

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Tags: European Space Agency Irish space programme
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Views sought in relation to online copyright
25 Apr 2017; posted by editor - General, Business, Journalism


The views of publishers, stakeholders in the library and archives community and members of the public are being sought by the Government in relation to the review of the Copyright and Related Rights Act, 2000.

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Tags: online content copyright
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Irish Government asked to hold full investigation into undercover UK policing in Ireland
25 Apr 2017; posted by editor - Human Rights


Four women deceived into relationships with undercover police in the UK have written to the Irish Prime Minister, the Minister for Justice and Equality, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade.

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Tags: UK undercover policing police spies Ireland
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