The reality of real estate

Thu, Oct 16, 2008

With construction halting and the economy faltering, does this mean that auctioneers have become the ham in the sandwich between bewildered buyers and startled sellers?

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Pass on the interest rate cut, lobby groups tell banks

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

Business lobby groups have welcomed the .5 per cent reduction in interest rates announced on Wednesday by the European Central Bank (ECB) and have demanded that the full benefit be passed on immediately by the banks.

Central banks across the world co-ordinated emergency rate cuts in an attempt to stem market chaos but Irish business groups have now called on the relief to be passed on to Irish businesses.

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West of Ireland planning firms merge

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

Galway based AP McCarthy Planning Consultants Ltd and Environmental Consultants Keville & O’ Sullivan Associates Ltd. announced their merger today. The new company, McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan Limited will commence trading immediately and will provide existing and new clients with a more comprehensive range of environmental and planning services.

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Are you in the habit of sending hasty emails?

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

Drunken employees who feel like telling their bosses what they think of them in late night emails have been given a second chance by a new software application that will prevent such mistaken missives.

It was announced this week that users of Gmail, Google's email system, can now activate a new feature called Mail Goggles.

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Purchasing land and the tax issues

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

Q. I am purchasing land in Mayo from a non resident. He has told me that I don’t have to withhold tax from the payment. I think that he is wrong. What is the correct position?

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€30 million funding announced for prepared consumer food sector

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

The Government, through Enterprise Ireland, expects to provide some €30 million over the next five years to progressive companies in the prepared consumer food sector through its R&D and growth funds, An Tánaiste Mary Coughlan announced this week.

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Curleys’ Furniture welcomes new neighbours DID Electrical

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

One of Galway’s most successful furniture retailers, Curley’s Furniture, will this weekend welcome its new neighbours, DID Electrical, to the Briarhill Business Park in Ballybrit.

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Galway Executive Skillnet announces autumn/winter courses

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

Galway Executive Skillnet has rolled out its autumn/winter schedule of subsidised training courses.

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When the chips are down - Supermac’s features in The Apprentice

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

Supermac’s, Ireland’s largest indigenous fast food chain was the latest company to appear on TV3’s The Apprentice. The Apprentice which is the same format as in the UK and the US, but this time the boss, Irish entrepreneur Bill Cullen, is offering the successful candidate a role working in his organisation for 12 months and a salary of €100,000. The launch of the show has been a great success.

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IBEC welcomes ESB investment

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

The start of construction this week by the ESB on a new 110kV station at Seamus Quirke Road in Galway is a welcome development for the region, according to IBEC regional director John Brennan.

“At present Galway city and Connemara are reliant on supply from a 110kV station located in Ballybane,” Mr Brennan said. “The new station on the west of the city will significantly enhance Galway’s energy capacity and security of supply.”

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New sales and marketing executive for Castle Print

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

Galway-based print company Castle Print has just announced that Eddie Redmond has joined its team as sales and marketing executive, as they expand their ever growing business opportunities.

Mr Redmond brings three decades of sales experience, in all aspects of the printing industry with him to the award winning company, which holds accolades of achievements including the prestigious Q Mark award, Galway Chamber Business Award and nominations for an Irish Print Award, a McNaughton Review 2007 Awards and most recently an Excellence Ireland Quality Award nomination.

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That’s entertainment

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

The Jennings family is the TF Royal. Pat, his wife Mary, and even their children Louise, Patrick, and Jessica have all in some way shaped and been shaped by this entertainment empire in the centre of Castlebar.

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British money starting to flow into Irish banks

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

The announcement by the Government that it will guarantee all money saved with an Irish institution for two years has enticed overseas investors to withdraw their money fropm their own countries and put into the named Irish banks and institutions.

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Child’s play pays as Smyths set to open 35th store

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

Smyths Toys, the company which has grown from humble beginnings in the West of Ireland is set to continue its expansion into the UK when it opens a new store in Cardiff in two weeks time.

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Gulf building boom’s a boost for Alpine Recruitment

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

Leading specialist agency Alpine Recruitment is going from strength to strength in the construction/engineering recruitment sector, especially in the Middle East. Recruiting for both Arab and international building and civil engineering developers, project management, and professional quantity surveying companies, Alpine is proving to be unrivalled in sourcing the best candidates for the right jobs.

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First woman president of agri-food professsional body

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

Elaine Farrell has been elected the first woman president in the 66-year history of the Agricultural Science Association (ASA). She takes over from Athenry-based Teagasc man Gerry Scully whose term of office ended at the association's national conference in Galway in mid-September.

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Can VAT help my cashflow problems?

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

Q. I am running my own business and I am registered for VAT and prepare bi-monthly returns based on my invoices. I am currently experiencing some cashflow difficulties due to economic conditions, a friend recommended that I account for VAT on a cash receipts basis. What is this and how does this work?

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Collins remains on in Vhi chair

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

Vhi Healthcare announced this week that Mr Bernard Collins has been re-appointed as chairman of Vhi Healthcare by Mary Harney, Minister for Health and Children for a further five years. Mr Collins was first appointed to the board in September 2003. Bernard Collins is chief executive officer of Lifemed Consulting Limited. A native of Cork, now living in Galway, Mr Collins received a BA honours in applied industrial psychology/business from University College Cork, Ireland. Mr Collins maintains positions at board level on many other companies in Ireland and in the USA. He served for a decade as vice president of international Operations at Boston Scientific Corporation until 2003.

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How should Ireland be run?

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

Opinions on how Ireland should be run will be aired next week when the Western region of the Chartered Institute of Personal and Development (CIPD) will hold its annual conference at GMIT.

The ‘Leadership – Strategy to Execution’ will be headlined by economist David McWilliams who will address the Government directly by demonstrating his strategy in the very topical ‘How To Run Your Country’ and how his plan should be executed.

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The best of Irish

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

Although celebrating its 70th birthday this year, Ó’Máille’s store in Galway’s High Street is nowhere near ready to pick up its pension.

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