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Dublin: 11 °C Saturday 28 March, 2015

Why our relationship with the potato is in need of couples counselling

It’s hard to keep the home fires burning after all the years.

An Irish product that predicts when a cow will give birth is about to make it big time (oh, and it’s called Moocall)

Quite apart from having the best name ever, Moocall works a treat. And it’s going to make its three founders a lot of money.

Here’s everything you need to know about business this week

Everyone was talking about falling house prices, a big payday and how to make it rich.

Businesses don’t have to scrimp on quality – a little innovation can go a long way

‘Frugal Innovation’ is a book for businesses that want to do great things with less.

From TheJournal.ie Could the self-employed be about to get equality on social welfare? Doley Cow

Could the self-employed be about to get equality on social welfare?

The next budget is gearing up to be pretty generous one. It’s the latest in the pre-election extravaganza…

Should you have to pay at least €2 for a can of beer? Pubs and off-licences think so

They want a minimum price for alcohol to put an end to cheap supermarket deals.

This is the smile of a man who just shared in a €115 million payday

Dublin-based Realex Payments has been bought for a very tidy sum.

From TheJournal.ie The London dating app that is restricted to ‘successful, attractive people’ only Alright For Some

The London dating app that is restricted to ‘successful, attractive people’ only

The Inner Circle markets itself towards an “exclusive community”.

This man thinks there’s a big future in Irish beef jerky*

*Except it’s a bit different to jerky – and he’s not calling it that.

These are the reasons why every business should think about sustainability

It can save you money – and help you earn more.

Fancy a takeaway? There’s a new player in town (and they’re bringing loyalty cards)

And they mean business. Marvin.ie are looking to give Just Eat a serious run for their money in a sector that is getting bigger and bigger…

From TheJournal.ie Look what’s planned for Cork’s derelict Capitol Cinema Watch This Space

Look what’s planned for Cork’s derelict Capitol Cinema

The cinema is a well-known feature in the city centre.

Poll: Should more be done to develop renewable energy in Ireland? No Spin Zone This post contains a poll

Poll: Should more be done to develop renewable energy in Ireland?

There has been a lot of debate about the country’s energy mix for the future.

From TheJournal.ie The UK’s minimum wage has just gone up… Counting Pennies

The UK’s minimum wage has just gone up…

Only by 20p though. Is Ireland about to follow the UK’s example? And by how much if so?

Just Eat they said… and we did

The Danish-formed takeaway aggregator has posted some impressive Irish results for 2014

Energy companies will need to start finding more oil soon

If prices aren’t going to start shooting up again, that is.

British people are now going to be able to enjoy Ballymaloe Country Relish

It will be sold across 900 UK Tesco stores.

There are some major holes in Ireland’s renewable energy plans

And the country could have to pay penalties worth up to €400 million a year if things do go wrong.

From TheJournal.ie The good, the bad, and the ugly of Mother’s Day advertising Mothership

The good, the bad, and the ugly of Mother’s Day advertising

Some companies get the marketing of maternal-appreciation day very right. Others, not so much…

Why craft cider could be the new craft beer

We talk to Orpens Cider about their plans for a growing industry.

These ghost signs are a window into Dublin’s fading past

You can find 150 years of history on the streets if you know where to look.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Insulting customers who complain about their meal is never the answer’ Opinion

‘Insulting customers who complain about their meal is never the answer’

A bride-to-be was recently left stunned by a restaurant that responded to bad reviews of her hen party meal by calling her friends “chav cheap trash” and “peasants”.

From TheJournal.ie Areas of central Dublin are going to be ripped up… Grafton Street

Areas of central Dublin are going to be ripped up…

… and then put back down again (with new paving stones).

From TheJournal.ie The Irish economy went absolutely STELLAR in 2014 Sucking Diesel

The Irish economy went absolutely STELLAR in 2014

We’ve left the rest of the Eurozone for dust over the last 12 months

From TheJournal.ie “You are only concerned when the hurley shortage happens’: GAA urged to fight forest fungus Clash Of The Ash

“You are only concerned when the hurley shortage happens’: GAA urged to fight forest fungus

‘Ash Dieback’ disease could threaten the existence of the trees in Ireland and across Europe.

‘If things are so successful, why are people still leaving the country?’

Richard Bruton has come under fire as he claims “substantial progress” on jobs.

From TheJournal.ie Looking for a job? Munster is the place to be Just The Job

Looking for a job? Munster is the place to be

Employers in the southernmost province are gearing up for a hiring splurge over the next three months

These are the businesses you want to be in across Ireland right now

Big or small, north or south – we have the figures for them all.

From TheJournal.ie What is the least money you should get for an hour’s work? National Minimum Wage This post contains a poll

What is the least money you should get for an hour’s work?

The Low Pay Commission has began asking for submissions on changing the national minimum wage.

New home building across Ireland has pulled into the slow lane

But land values are predicted to rise, which could mean more property eventually on the market.

This startup wants to save companies a tidy sum on their energy bills

Energy Elephant’s big idea is deceptively simple.

From TheJournal.ie David McWilliams’ media company is doing very nicely, thanks Follow The Money

David McWilliams’ media company is doing very nicely, thanks

The economist’s Iconic Media Ltd. posted accumulated profits of €630,000 for 2014

These babies helped Enda Kenny declare 2015 ‘the year of rural recovery’

Wasn’t it the year of something else already?

These are the government departments with the highest rates of absenteeism

The sector’s head said there were an ‘unacceptable’ number of sick days being taken in the public service.

Enda is promising tax cuts in the next budget. And the one after that and so on…

That’s as long as his government gets re-elected, mind.

Ready, Set… Five start-ups A DAY are being created in Ireland

It’s been the best January and February for start-ups since 2007.

Ireland should ‘embrace’ a population of 10 million

And business group Ibec wants more money for infrastructure to cope with the growth.

It is about to get a whole lot more expensive to stay in Dublin hotels

But there will still be plenty of pricier places to holiday in Europe.

There are lots of good reasons to get behind Irish products. Here are some of them…

For February’s in-depth coverage of SMEs, we looked at how buying local matters and the importance of traceability.

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