Category Archives: Regional News

Elgin Energy Plans Solar Farm

Elgin Energy is making plans for a 100-acre solar photvoltaic (PV) farm in Kilkenny. This is the latest in a list of proposals by solar farm developers which follows the fall in the cost of solar PV technology. They have applied to build this on a 39.6 hectare site that is close to the village…

Google, Facebook, Others Soon Going to be Taxes Higher by EU?

The EU Finance Ministers have put forward an interesting proposal that could definitely have Google and Facebook seeing red…and green. At the finance minister summit on Saturday the Estonian capital of Tallinn, France and Germany urged the bloc partners to consider an emergency tax bill. This tax bill will force internet companies to pay taxes…

Should Ireland Make an Exit Soon Too?

This article is worth reading, as it argues that Ireland should exit, as England has done. As the author states, “Behind the charade of a “unified stance” on Brexit is a deeply divided EU with competing national agendas which have been whipped into a facile unanimity. The pressure not to break ranks is huge. In…

Dublin Tops the List for Brexit Moves

Certainly, when Brexit goes through, many will need to figure out where to move thousands of jobs. Many finance institutions have only until Friday to tell the Bank of England how they plan to deal with the changes that a hard Brexit will cause. And at the moment, many eyes appear to be on Dublin….

All Eyes on Google

Google is in for an awakening, according to The New York Times. The European antitrust officials are preparing to slap Google with a record fine by the end of August. Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition chief, is in the final stages of ruling on the case. In addition to a fine of at least $1.2…

Could Luxembourg Be the Next European Financial Center?

With the UK making plans to leave the EU trade bloc, many European countries are vying for the chance to be the financial center of choice for the EU. Here, Luxembourg’s finance minister Pierre Gramegna discussed why his country is ready to take on this role.  

Swedes Moving to Portugal

It’s always fascinating to see where people flock to for fun and relaxation. Swedish baby boomers and retirees are heading to Spain, where at the moment there are almost 100,000 permanent residents from Sweden. But beyond Spain, Swedes are setting their sights somewhere else surprising – and that’s Portugal. The number of Swedes in Portugal…

The Rediscovery Centre in Ireland: A Place Worth Seeing

The Rediscovery Centre in Dublin is the place to be. In addition to their many other items, they have a café being launched by Green Kitchen, the Walkinstown social enterprise that employs people who have learning disabilities. They also have an eco-shop that sells restored and reconditioned bikes, eco-fashion and more. They have renewable technologies…

Staples Selling Its European Stakes

Staples has announced that it will be selling a controlling stake in its European business to the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP. They will sell it for 50 million euros ($53.65 million). The European unit for Staples includes retail, contract and online businesses that are in 16 countries. They generate an annual sale…

Best MBA Programs for Entrepreneurs

If you’re a budding entrepreneur, you just might want to move to Spain to complete your MBA. Analysis of full-time and executive MBA alumni who graduated in 2013 from ranked schools shows that Spanish MBA programs are some of the best for entrepreneurs. In June, FT published a list of the top full-time MBA programs…