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There are too many second-rate colleges in Ireland with ‘Mickey Mouse courses’

Why one Irish entrepreneur hired staff from India, Portugal and Sweden over local workers.

Meet Mark Roden, Ireland’s Entrepreneur of the Year

Roden is the founder of Ding, a company which employs 150 people in Dublin.

Irish airports will get 1.8m more passengers this year, but regional hubs are missing out

It was good enough for the Queen, but Cork Airport hasn’t been getting any love from those extra punters.

From TheJournal.ie Our cows are emitting so much gas that Ireland is looking for help from the EU Cattle

Our cows are emitting so much gas that Ireland is looking for help from the EU

The agriculture sector is looking for special treatment on new greenhouse gas targets.

Good news: Your boss might be planning a wage bump for you

More than half of businesses in Ireland are planning to increase basic employee salaries.

From TheJournal.ie Nearly all the assets from Nama’s €17.5 billion in fire sales have gone to offshore buyers Nama Drama

Nearly all the assets from Nama’s €17.5 billion in fire sales have gone to offshore buyers

And the bad bank’s boss says if overseas owners want to pull apart Irish businesses there’s not much he can do.

From TheJournal.ie Kickstarter is live for Irish projects so now you can support this teenage bounty hunter

Kickstarter is live for Irish projects so now you can support this teenage bounty hunter

Don’t just stand there, get creating… or funding.

Creative crowdfunding site Fund It has raised €3 million for projects like this

The money has gone to everything from a multimedia horror show to a heart-rate monitor for sheep.

Five new research centres on the way following €245m investment

The centres will be located at Trinity College Dublin, UCD, NUI Galway and UL.

About 138 SMEs a day are asking Bank of Ireland for loans

And they say they are approving 87% of them.

From TheJournal.ie Chinese pub worker gets €10,000 payout for sex and race discrimination Equality Tribunal

Chinese pub worker gets €10,000 payout for sex and race discrimination

Hours and pay were cut “without warning” because the woman was the only non-Irish worker, tribunal told.

From TheJournal.ie What do you do when your business has “ISIS” in its name? No Not That One

These are the questions you need to answer to get a job with Google (and others)

You are going to have to think a bit outside the box…

Is Ireland really ‘the best small country in the world to do business in’?

These are the bills which are making it hard for owner-operators to compete in the global market.

Think Dublin is an expensive place to set up shop? It’s going to get much worse

Office rents could be back at pre-crash prices within three years.

Poll: Is your business really any better off after Budget day? Good Budget Bad Budget This post contains a poll

Poll: Is your business really any better off after Budget day?

We look at what’s in Budget 2015 for business and ask how much it all means to you.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Excise relief is the shot in the arm needed to get the Irish craft beer industry going’ Microbrewery

‘Excise relief is the shot in the arm needed to get the Irish craft beer industry going’

The Wicklow Wolf Brewing Company says yesterday’s Budget announcement was unexpected, but welcome.

Explainer: What is this ‘knowledge box’ and why does Ireland want to get one?

Michael Noonan wants more companies to invest their money in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie ‘A great day for South Armagh Duty Free’ – tobacco companies are not happy… Up In Smoke

‘A great day for South Armagh Duty Free’ – tobacco companies are not happy…

They say that the 40 cent increase on a packet of cigarettes will play into the hands of smugglers.

‘Young and active farmers’ will benefit from today’s Budget

New measures will target the long-term leasing of land.

‘Uninspiring’ budget continues tax discrimination against self-starters

The self-employed are still paying more tax than everyone else.

From TheJournal.ie Got a car? You were left alone in this Budget, for a change Driven To Distraction

Got a car? You were left alone in this Budget, for a change

There will be no extra motoring or fuel taxes after years of hikes.

This kitchen scale probably knows more about cooking than you… and now it has more money

Irish startup Drop has scored $2 million to develop more smart kitchen products.

Finance and tech workers getting picky about jobs as vacancies exceed candidates

Professional job seekers are becoming savvier when it comes to potential employers.

GenCell is only 3 years old but it has succumbed to a (very) wealthy American suitor

The Irish genetics firm has been sold to a multi-billion dollar US medical-technology company for a secret sum.

What I Learned: One TD’s journey from the cabbage farm to the Dáil

Pub owner- and accountant-turned-TD Áine Collins says Ireland needs to have a “serious conversation about failure”.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland’s heating bills this winter depend on what happens between Putin and Ukraine Energy Index

Ireland’s heating bills this winter depend on what happens between Putin and Ukraine

Costs could spike if the trouble continues in eastern Europe.

SMEs Government satisfaction rating has improved, but it’s still not great

The latest Government Satisfaction Survey shows that the overall satisfaction rating improved from -41% to -4%.

From TheJournal.ie Here’s how a new app could solve the beef crisis for farmers Mooving Stock

Here’s how a new app could solve the beef crisis for farmers

The Beef Pricewatch App will allow farmers to track factory prices.

From The Daily Edge 14 independent Irish record shops you need to visit before you die Play That Funky Music

What do you get if you mix a matchmaking website with Airbnb?

You get this Irish startup – except it doesn’t have anything to do with dating.

Irish startups can ride the wave of a ‘real tech boom’

Venture capitalists are throwing more money at local tech entrepreneurs looking to go global.

Have restaurants and hotels been reaping all the spoils while workers suffer?

SIPTU says customers and workers have missed out on the benefits of the special VAT rate, but businesses say otherwise.

‘Jobs lost here at home’ as foreign firms cash in on Ireland’s public purse

The government should “think small first” and keep more tenders in Irish hands, SFA says.

Europeans are buying lots more KFC, but we’re not nearly the biggest customers yet

The company behind the fast-food chain has still taken a profit haircut thanks to the Chinese food scandal.

From TheJournal.ie Europe is helping these Limerick women who were let go from a jewellery making company Helping Hand

Europe is helping these Limerick women who were let go from a jewellery making company

Workers made redundant from Andersen Ireland Limited in 2013 have been approved for training and education supports.

From TheJournal.ie New law would force unemployed to upload CVs to job sites – or have their dole cut Employment This post contains videos

New law would force unemployed to upload CVs to job sites – or have their dole cut

The government has launched its latest Pathways to Work document today.

From TheJournal.ie Quinn’s pub closed after All Ireland due to “grave and immediate danger to public health” Black Card

Quinn’s pub closed after All Ireland due to “grave and immediate danger to public health”

The pub was issued with a closure order by the Food Safety Authority that was lifted two days later.

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