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As we approach the centenary of the 1917 October Revolution in Russia, Insider has been thinking about the impact this event continues to have on politics and society today. It is especially relevant in the context of today’s polarisation of politics, so perhaps it’s a fitting date on which to paraphrase Karl Marx: “A spectre is haunting the world: the spectre of October."
The experience of an authentic Irish pub, a live trad session, and a taste of real Irish beer and whiskey are top of tourists’ to-do lists on their visit to Ireland, but the impact of Brexit and high alcohol excise tax will hamper drinks industry growth and with it the tourism sector.
Last week, in the rare autumnal sunshine, Insider was sauntering across Wolfe Tone Bridge with a companion. On a lamppost we spied a Donny Osmond lookalike, with that synthetic cheesy smile, peering down from a Social Democrat poster.
Hospitality and drinks businesses, including pubs, hotels, off-licences, restaurants, wholesalers, and producers, employ 6,139 people in Longford-Westmeath, generating €84 million in revenue for the local tourism economy.
Rents in Westmeath were on average 14.7 per cent higher in the first three months of 2017 than a year previously, according to the latest quarterly Rental Price Report by Daft.ie. The average advertised rent is now €770, up 46 per cent from its lowest point.
PwC, Ireland’s largest professional services firm, has announced a new three year headline sponsorship of the ‘Our Ocean WealthSummit’, the largest national gathering of Ireland’s marine and business communities, held annually as part of SeaFest. This year, the Summit will take place in the National University of Ireland, Galway, on June 30.
Galway man Richard Donovan is something of a superstar in the gruelling sport of ultra running. He has made truly epic runs across many of the world’s most extreme climates including the Sahara Desert, Mount Everest, the Inca Trail, and the Amazon jungle. In 2002 he became the first runner in the world to run a marathon at both the North and South poles and in 2009 he was the first athlete to run seven consecutive marathons on seven continents in less than seven days.
When Donald Trump was elected on a platform of far-right populism, many thought that, once in office he would soften his cough a good bit, or at least the “checks and balances” of the American political system would go some way to restrict his more madcap proposals.
House prices in Westmeath for the final three months of 2016 were 11 per cent higher than a year previously, compared to a rise of 13 per cent seen a year ago. The average house price is now €162,000, 37 per cent above its lowest point.
The latest Daft.ie rent report has concluded that rents in Mayo have risen by 3.4 per cent year on year and the average rent in the county is now €568 per month, up by 10 per cent from their lowest point since the property website has been carrying out this survey.