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Key Irish export sectors now more dependent on UK than 10 years ago

Some Irish exporting sectors have seen their dependence on the UK market increase since the turn of the millennium, even though the exports share overall to the UK has been declining. Read more

Dramatic drop in cost of motor insurance new figures show

There has been a dramatic drop in the cost of motor insurance. New figures show there was a plunge of 14pc in the cost of cover in the last year, the biggest drop since the insurance crisis hit.

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EU to publish ‘guiding principles’ for upcoming Brexit talks on Ireland and Northern Ireland

The EU is to publish “guiding principles” for upcoming Brexit talks on Ireland and Northern Ireland today.

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New rollout to see West of Ireland towns becoming Ireland’s fastest broadband hotspots

A number of rural towns are to become Ireland’s fastest fibre broadband hotspots in the next two years, outgunning Dublin, Cork, Limerick and other Irish cities. Read more

Bitcoin slumps as China clamps down on digital tokens

So-called virtual currency bitcoin tumbled the most since July after China’s central bank said initial coin offerings are illegal and asked all related fundraising activity to be halted immediately – issuing the strongest regulatory challenge so far to the burgeoning market for digital token sales. Read more

Budget watchdog warns ‘overheating economy’ is real risk

There is a “realistic possibility” that the economy will start to overheat in the coming years if the strong growth rates continue, the state’s budgetary watchdog has warned. Read more

How will Ireland fund essential services as dirty petrol guzzlers are replaced by electric cars?

As much as €3bn could be lost to the Irish Exchequer as low-emission vehicles become the norm by 2030, according to industry experts. Huge amounts of revenue used to fund essential services are generated by vehicle registration tax, motor tax and fuel tax and could largely disappear as the petrol engine is slowly consigned to history. Read more

Beat green tax and rising energy bills by switching and using less

Households across Ireland have become somewhat accustomed to mostly small but incremental increases in the cost of electricity over the last few years, but get quite a shock with the arrival of your next bill. Read more

Web Summit adds 40 jobs – and Al Gore

Paddy Cosgrave’s Web Summit is to hire 40 people in the next six months, bringing the company’s total employment to 200. Read more

Countdown begins to second cyber security conference for businesses at Dublin’s RDS

Ireland’s second annual cyber security conference, Dublin Information Sec 2017, will take place on Wednesday, November 1, at the RDS. Read more