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Dublin: 12 °C Monday 22 December, 2014

Today’s News

From TheJournal.ie Revenue has ‘no competence’ to collect water charges – and that’s from Revenue boss No Thanks

Revenue has ‘no competence’ to collect water charges – and that’s from Revenue boss

The outgoing chairperson Josephine Feehily also says she’s looking forward to holding the Garda Commissioner to scrutiny in her new role.

Who won the trolley wars in the run-up to Christmas? You did

Competitive pricing has led to a reduction in price inflation.

These messaging apps will help you wish someone a Merry Christmas*

*If you want to go a step further than sending a generic text message, that is.

Ireland’s economy grew ‘spectacularly’ this year

Ibec believes the economy grew by 5.7%.

Here are the tricks shops use to make you spend more money

Think you make your own decisions? Well, think again…

Yesterday’s News

Teachers unhappy some increment payments not in Christmas salaries

The delay is being blamed on a glitch in the department’s payroll system.

Weird Wide Web: A 3D printed miracle, a robot bartender and exploring your own street in virtual reality

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.

Are you coming back to Ireland for good? You’ll need a job then

Some tips to help get you back to work as soon as possible.

Don’t have time to make it to the shops? These digital gifts may help you out

And you won’t have to wrap them either so win-win.

What does a CEO look like? This, usually.

A really interesting, quick study.

Review: Is this the budget Windows tablet you’ve been looking for?

With a low price, the Linx 8 wants to be your Windows tablet of choice, but how well does it balance price and expectations?

From TheJournal.ie ‘I think it’s an appalling idea’: Joan Burton won’t be happy if NAMA pays bonuses to developers No Way

Saturday 20 December, 2014

From TheJournal.ie No faking it: The art of growing a real Christmas tree Family Business

No faking it: The art of growing a real Christmas tree

The Kavanagh family has been selling trees since the 1950s.

This is the Irish course that has 200,000 people taking part

Duolingo launched the beta version of its Irish course during the summer, and its success has been down to five volunteers.

From TheJournal.ie Five Irish Christmas brews — reviewed by people who don’t normally do this sort of thing for a living Try This At Home

Five Irish Christmas brews — reviewed by people who don’t normally do this sort of thing for a living

“I’m more of a wine snob… I’ve never tried being a beer snob before.”

From TheJournal.ie Cruise liners are basically hauling the cash into Dublin 50 Million Squid

Cruise liners are basically hauling the cash into Dublin

The cruise season has extended by two months this year, right into winter.

5 apps worth downloading this week

Featuring the return of an old classic, a way to keep your photos safe from prying eyes and a critically acclaimed game making its way to iPad.

Friday 19 December, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Dubliners said goodbye to the Metro Herald today – and things got emotional Good Morning And Thank You

Dubliners said goodbye to the Metro Herald today – and things got emotional

We saw hugs, Christmas cards, a cheeky fiver, and plenty of sad faces on the streets this morning.

From TheJournal.ie Obama: ‘We will respond’ to North Korea hack The Interview

Obama: ‘We will respond’ to North Korea hack

Sony said it still plans to release The Interview… but in a different format.

These Offaly protesters don’t want the only bank in their town closed

The Ferbane branch is one of 14 being closed by Ulster Bank.

From TheJournal.ie Think your home (or your neighbour’s) could be Home of the Year? Gaffs

Think your home (or your neighbour’s) could be Home of the Year?

If so, a new RTÉ show is looking for you.

‘An air of panic is setting in to the property market’

New figures show a spike in the number of mortgage approvals.

From TheJournal.ie Nama: Developers will not be paid “bonuses” but they may get financial rewards NAMAland

Nama: Developers will not be paid “bonuses” but they may get financial rewards

Three developers are on over €200,000 from the state bad bank.

From TheJournal.ie It’s going to be more expensive to take a taxi next year Price Hike

It’s going to be more expensive to take a taxi next year

The maximum taxi fare is to increase by an average of 4% after Easter

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? (No, it’s probably a drone)

New guidelines have been issued on using the remotely controlled aircraft.

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Ireland owes the EU €1 million for an outstanding fruit and veg bill

And you thought Marks and Spencer’s was pricey…

From TheJournal.ie Survey finds that businesses aren’t that crazy about the new Eircode system Eircode

Survey finds that businesses aren’t that crazy about the new Eircode system

Half of business owners asked did not feel the new post code system would impact on their business.

No loose change? Simon Community accepting donations using contactless payments

It is the first charity in Ireland to use this form of on-street donation.

From TheJournal.ie Staff at the Metro Herald are having a bit of fun on its last day Bad News

Staff at the Metro Herald are having a bit of fun on its last day

Thirteen staff will be made redundant as the paper closes.

Thursday 18 December, 2014

Is Islamic State turning its hand to cyber warfare?

“The targets might not stop with the borders of Syria.”

Review: Is the Parrot Rolling Spider the affordable drone you’ve been waiting for?

Drones as toys are growing in popularity, but is Parrot’s Mini Drone the one that will make you splash out on one?

This old-school chipper wants to tap its customers to help it grow

Leo Burdock’s would rather pay interest to punters than “bankers in ivory towers”.

Aer Lingus rejects takeover offer from the owner of British Airways

The Irish carrier isn’t happy with their valuation.

From TheJournal.ie Credit union ‘lent €3.1 million for five years with no interest or payments’ Pay Me Later

Credit union ‘lent €3.1 million for five years with no interest or payments’

Killorglin Credit Union has been transferred to Tralee Credit Union.

The Pav is back! And it’s got a new name…

…It’s ‘The Pav’.

‘It saddens me to be part of a parliament that brings about this grief’ – Nama told

But the bad bank’s boss came out swinging against claims it was being a bully.

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