Knock upbeat despite loss of XL route to Gatwick

Thu, Aug 07, 2008

Chiefs at Ireland West Airport Knock have reacted to the news that XL is to cut its route to and from Gatwick next month by vowing to get a replacement airline despite the remainder of the year being a difficult trading period.

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Paint your way to happiness, says B&Q

Thu, Aug 07, 2008

B&Q is encouraging people in the west and midalnds to combat credit crunch misery by brightening up their homes and communities.

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Go dark and earn more — blondes earn less than brunettes

Thu, Aug 07, 2008

Irish brunettes earn €5,000 a year more than their blonde counterparts, a new survey has revealed.

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Black economy costs €340m a week

Thu, Aug 07, 2008

Activity in the 'black economy' is rising with some €340m lost every week in the economy while €3.4 billion bypasses the Revenue Commissioners every year, according to small and medium enterprise group, ISME.

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Dixons' Irish stores to change to Currys

Thu, Aug 07, 2008

British electrical retailer DSG International is to re-name all of its Dixons stores in Ireland under the Currys brand.

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Prospect of end of interest-only mortgage fills me with dread

Thu, Aug 07, 2008

Q. I purchased two residential investment properties in the middle of 2007. I took out loans on an interest only basis. The interest-only period on those loans is coming to an end in December of this year. The capital repayments on the loan will probably be impossible for me to finance. I don’t think that I can sell the houses in the current climate and even if I could, I would have to sell them at a loss. Is there anything that I can do to reduce the financing cost?

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And then there were six — Elevate Awards finalists announced

Thu, Aug 07, 2008

The long wait for the announcement of the Impact Media Elevate Award winner is almost over as the six finalists are announced this week.

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Topaz start the big changeover at Galway service stations

Thu, Aug 07, 2008

Galway motorists will soon notice a big change when they go to fill up their cars at their local service station becauseTopaz, Ireland’s largest fuels and retail convenience business has been busy transforming every Shell and Statoil service station in Galway as part of its ambitious national rebranding programme.

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Perlico’s success is based on customers saving money

Thu, Aug 07, 2008

From its humble beginnings in 2002, Perlico has really accelerated competition in the telecommunications industry — It is now the confirmed number one alternative to Eircom and has in the process saved its customers millions of euro every year.

In recent years Perlico has reaped numerous rewards which was recognized by the acquisition by Vodafone last year.

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Cooking the Wright way

Thu, Aug 07, 2008

The aroma of freshly baked scones leads many ‘foodies’ down the cobbled Kirwan’s Lane to Kate Wright’s Cobblestone Café. Still others wander down the mediaeval lane to give Kate’s most faithful café companion a friendly pat on the head. Lilly – Kate’s dog, has become synonymous over the past 10 years with Cobblestone, and even features on the café’s website, www.galwaycookeryclasses.com.

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Businesses come to terms with new drink sale laws

Thu, Jul 31, 2008

Irish businesses were last evening coming to terms with the effects of strict new regulations governing the sale and possession of alcohol, which aim to curb public disorder and eliminate underage drinking.

Under the provisions of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008, which came into effect yesterday, off-licences must close at 10pm and gardaí can seize drink from minors.

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Cuil and the gang to take on Google

Thu, Jul 31, 2008

A group of former Google engineers has launched a rival internet search engine, Cuil, saying it is an improved version of the world's most popular search tool.

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Pat Mc brings a slice of Papa John’s to Ireland

Thu, Jul 31, 2008

Papa John’s Pizza — one of the world's leading pizza companies with approximately 3,000 restaurants operating in the USA and 29 international markets has been brought to Ireland by Supermacs supremo Pat McDonagh.

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End of the road for tractors?

Thu, Jul 31, 2008

The Road Safety Authority is advising the public that the deadline for the submission of views on the use of agricultural vehicles on public roads has been extended to Friday September 26.

The RSA is inviting the public to submit their views on a consultation document regarding the use of agricultural and works vehicles on public roads. It is also seeking the input of individuals, companies, organisations and associations involved in the use, sale and hire of agricultural vehicles and works machinery.

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Using pension backed mortgages to buy property

Thu, Jul 31, 2008

Q. I want to buy a property to lease back to my company. I need to borrow the purchase price. Is there a tax efficient way of doing this and what are the financial implications?

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Tesco in strategic move with new low cost product range

Thu, Jul 31, 2008

Tesco has taken a new strategic position in the retail market and has announced the launch of a new look, low cost product range designed to bring new competition for Irish consumers.

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Caragh Precision opens new manufacturing facility

Thu, Jul 31, 2008

Caragh Precision has opened a new 40,000 sq ft manufacturing facility at Parkmore West in Galway.

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Tourists to Galway and the west last year spent almost a billion

Thu, Jul 31, 2008

Tourists to Galway and the west last year spent almost a billion euro in the region, and new transport links can help ensure that sort of spend is maintained, Transport Minister Noel Dempsey said this week.

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Hospitality at the crossroads

Thu, Jul 31, 2008

If a crossroad is a watershed indicating a choice to be made, then Claremorris is the crossroad of the west of Ireland.

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Frankly I’m disappointed with Fahey, says Cameron

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

Fianna Fáil TD Frank Fahey has been accused of ignoring city councillors and refusing to “recognise our mandate as elected representatives” by failing to invite them to a major transport meeting and presentation in County Buildings this week.

Labour Cllr Billy Cameron has accused Dep Fahey, the Galway West TD and Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport chairman, of refusing to allow him and other city councillors to attend the meeting, which took place on Tuesday.

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