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Property for the future — investment properties and self-administered pension conference

O’Donnellan & Joyce auctioneers and Grant Thornton will host a public conference on March 15 at 6.30pm in the John B Keane room in the Harbour Hotel to discuss the current rental market and self-administered pensions.

Let 2018 be your year — training opportunities for the unemployed

The problem with being out of work for a significant period of time is that it hacks away at your self-confidence. The longer we leave taking that step forward, the more difficult it becomes, and we lose our sense of self. At other times it is just not possible. Eldercare, childcare, family commitments, and illness can get in the way or become a noble priority. Janet Yellen, the popular American economist, believed that long-term unemployment can make any worker progressively less employable, even after the economy strengthens. Explaining gaps on a CV is always a discussion point in career coaching. If the time has come when you can concentrate on yourself, there is one facility in Galway among others that can offer a stepping stone.

Westmeath house prices rise 13 per cent in 2017

The average price of a house in Westmeath in the final quarter of 2017 rose to €183,000 - 13 per cent higher than a year previously - according to a report published recently by property website Daft.ie.

Rents rise steadily in Westmeath

Rents in Westmeath were on average 11.8 per cent higher in the third quarter of 2017 than a year previously, according to the latest quarterly Rental Price Report by Daft.ie.

New car sales fall, while used car sales

New car sales in for the first nine months of 2017 declined by more than 10 per cent compared to last year, according to figures released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry.

Echoes of Red October in Galway 2017

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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."

Survey shows importance of pub culture to tourists

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.

Why teaching offers precarious employment, not a secure job

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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.

Report shows contribution of hospitality and drinks industry

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.

Cost of rent continues to rise in Westmeath

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.

 

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