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Poor credit history? Late payers now facing extra charges on credit cards

Customers with poor credit histories will be charged more than people who have always paid their bills promptly, as “personalised pricing” is introduced in Ireland for the first time. Provider Avantcard is introducing the tiered interest rates, the first personalised pricing for any form of consumer borrowing in this country. It is likely to spur […]

Insurance now the biggest bill for GAA clubs

The cost of insurance has doubled for GAA clubs in the past five years. Tom Ryan, the director general of the Gaelic Athletic Association, told an Oireachtas committee that the cost of insurance premiums is a major challenge for the organisation. The sports body is one of a number of community groups that appeared before […]

Adrian Weckler on GDPR: A foolproof guide to what all those emails really mean

WE’VE all been getting the incessant emails. They say things like: “Let’s keep in touch!” And: “Important – if you want to keep receiving our emails …” For weeks, they’ve been filling up our inboxes because of what is happening today. Europe’s sweeping new data privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), came into […]

Eurozone data signals recovery has peaked

Eurozone economic growth slowed much more sharply than expected this month, a business survey showed. That fact, along with weaker inflation, has intensified concerns there will be no return to the bloc’s recent boom times. The European Central Bank under president Mario Draghi is expected to end its asset-purchase programme this year and hike interest […]

New data laws will be used as opportunity by cyber criminals: gardaí

Cyber criminals are planning to take advantage of new data laws with a fresh wave of scam phone calls and emails, gardaí have warned. Criminals are planning to take advantage of the new data privacy law coming into effect tomorrow to steal from people. The scammers will send fake emails pretending to be from legitimate […]

Ireland falls six places in world competitiveness rankings

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys has expressed her disappointment after Ireland fell six places in the latest IMD World Competitiveness Rankings. Ireland is now ranked 12 in the world for competitiveness, down from sixth position last year. “After several years of improvement, the decline in Ireland’s overall ranking in this year’s IMD publication is disappointing,” […]

Innovative startup trio join UCD hub

NovaUCD, the hub for new ventures and entrepreneurs at UCD, has welcomed three new startups. The three companies – EPIC Conjoint, This is Seaweed and Travacoin – have moved to the hub in order to collaborate and benefit from increased engagement with the university. All three companies are very different in terms of what they […]

US top target for UDG deals after Trump tax shake-up

Dublin-based UDG has $500m (€424m) available for acquisitions, and said US tax changes mean it is now more likely to buy assets there. US President Donald Trump’s tax package this year will boost UDG profits both this year and into the future, said UDG chief finance officer Alan Ralph. “It does make the US more […]

€100m price tag for docklands scheme

When Ballymore chief Sean Mulryan and his partners at Singapore-headquartered developers Oxley unveiled plans in October 2016 for over a million square feet of offices and apartments in the Dublin Docklands, there were some who may have baulked at the scale of their ambition. Fast forward to today however, and it would appear that Mr […]

Lower rates needed on Brexit loan scheme – FF

Fianna Fáil is pushing the Government to get the interest rate on money under the Brexit loan guarantee scheme for small and medium-sized businesses lowered, claiming it is still higher than in other European countries.   The Government officially launched its €300m loan scheme on Wednesday. The aim of the scheme is to provide working […]