Entrepreneurship in Ireland above pre-crisis levels

Entrepreneurship in Ireland has surpassed pre-recession levels, according to a survey that also highlights the growing number of businesses founded by women.
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Central Bank assigns €165m to cover potential QE losses

The Central Bank has set aside €165 million to deal with potential losses arising from the European Central Bank’s multibillion-euro bond-buying programme.
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Small businesses face ‘staircase tax’ as rates increase

Up to 30,000 small businesses face large rates increases under a new “staircase tax” that treats different floors in the same building as separate premises.
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Carney fuels consumer loans spree by banks

A boom in cheap loans provided by the Bank of England is fuelling Britain’s consumer debt bubble, The Sunday Times can reveal.
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World Bank forecasts 4 per cent rise in global trade

Global trade will defy fears of protectionism in America to grow at its fastest pace this year since 2014, according to World Bank forecasts. Having slowed for two years, global trade volumes are expected to rise 4 per cent this year. The world economy is forecast to expand by 2.7 per cent, up from 2.4 […]
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Ireland in dark over impact of EU tax plans

The European Commission must conduct an impact assessment on the implications of its corporate tax proposals before it proceeds to the next legislative stage, Brian Hayes has said.
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Lib Dems steal march on rivals to win over smaller companies

As last week’s curious ITV leaders’ debate played out in Salford without Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn, an alternative event in central London at least came a little closer to offering the full complement of the big parties.
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There are pitfalls in both Tory and Labour plans for corporation tax

Last week the Labour Party set out plans to raise corporation tax as a way of funding additional spending on education. Corporate tax rates have been cut aggressively since 2010. School funding is being squeezed. A better-educated workforce would be good for economic growth. This looks like a win-win policy.
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Ireland is fourth largest for shadow banking

Ireland’s shadow banking industry is among the largest in the world at 1,400 per cent of the country’s GDP, a new study has claimed.
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Wexford firm clients linked to ‘stock scam’

A client of Greymountain Management, a Wexford-based company, has been linked to what the American government believes is a vast scam based on fake stock option trades.
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