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08 Jun

Pensioners can unlock cash early, Revenue announces

Thousands of pensioners will get an early opportunity to unlock money in retirement funds they have been unable to access up to now. Car dealers and travel agents are expected to be the big winners after rules restricting access to a certain type of pension fund were loosened. The move comes after Revenue agreed that

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07 Jun

Europe seeks US blessing to maintain its trade with Iran

Three European countries and the European Union are seeking exemptions from US sanctions on Iran in a sign that the bloc’s bid to hold the landmark nuclear deal together may be in trouble. Ireland could potentially benefit, if it means banks and businesses here can do business in Iran despite a US trade embargo. “As

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07 Jun

House of Fraser to close over of half its stores

Retail chain House of Fraser is to shut over half of its stores impacting around 6,000 jobs. The closures are part of a proposed Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), which will require approval from creditors who will make their decision on June 22. Currently, the troubled group operates 59 leased stores across the UK and Ireland,

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06 Jun

Consumers optimistic but still cautious with spending

Irish consumers are planning to spend more but they remain cautious. The move to loosen household purse-strings comes as consumer sentiment rose in May despite uncertainty about the general economic outlook, including the evolving political crisis in Italy. The KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI consumer sentiment index increased to 106.7 in May from 104 in April, reversing

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05 Jun

Doherty urged to cut child benefit for high earners to fund more childcare

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty has indicated she’s prepared to examine cutting child benefit for higher earners to pay for childcare for all. The minister will get her officials to look at households earning more than €100,000 that are also getting child benefit. Ms Doherty was responding to proposals she shift part of the €2bn

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05 Jun

Consumers optimistic but still cautious with spending

Irish consumers are planning to spend more but they remain cautious. The move to loosen household purse-strings comes as consumer sentiment rose in May despite uncertainty about the general economic outlook, including the evolving political crisis in Italy. The KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI consumer sentiment index increased to 106.7 in May from 104 in April, reversing

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01 Jun

EU will hit Republican voters to fight trade war

The European Union will target consumer, agricultural and steel products made in many key Republican constituencies when it imposes tariffs against US imports in retaliation for punitive duties US President Donald Trump announced yesterday. The Trump administration’s tariffs on imports from key allies sent US and European stocks into a tailspin and stoked demand for

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