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The cost of insurance for businesses and voluntary groups continues to rise despite reductions in the value of certain personal injury awards introduced earlier this year, a new survey has found. The Alliance for Insurance Reform says recent insurance renewal costs are up 15% on average, despite the changes made by the Judicial Council being…

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One in four householders believe they will still be paying off their mortgage or paying rent when they retire, according to research from insurer Aviva. The belief is most prevalent among women in the 35-44 year age category. However, a surprisingly large proportion of people aged over 55 – about a fifth – said they…

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One in four employers say they are concerned about a possible decline in productivity as they move to a hybrid working model. The finding is contained in a survey of 160 businesses here carried out by professional services firm Aon. About 60% of the businesses said they were unclear as to whether the complexity of…

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Ireland’s EU Commissioner has said Europe will not allow Ireland to be singled out in the fallout if negotiations on the Northern Ireland Protocol end in failure. Mairead McGuinness was commenting on the potential for the country to be disproportionately affected if there is a breakdown of the Brexit trading arrangement designed to prevent a…

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In the run up to the Budget, the Government’s plans had been characterised as potentially “risky” and at the limit of what could be considered “prudent” by the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. But on Budget night, according to IFAC, the Government had put the economy on “a more prudent path”. What fiscal miracle had occurred?…

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The value of average awards for personal injuries made by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) has fallen by 40% from last year’s levels, following the introduction of new Judicial Council guidelines in April. New research by PIAB shows that between 27 April and the end of September, average awards dropped from €23,877 to €14,233.…

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The Brexit Impact Loan Scheme, which is designed to help SMEs, farmers and fishers respond to the impact of Brexit has opened for applications today. The €330m scheme is the successor to the Brexit Loan Scheme, and is open to businesses in the primary agriculture and seafood sectors. The scheme provides low cost loans of…

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The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has said Budget 2022 will on average compensate most households for price growth forecast for next year. In its post-Budget analysis to be presented today, the ESRI said above inflation increases to core social welfare payments as well as supplemental payments for dependents and those living alone are…

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The latest EU proposal to address problems of post-Brexit trade in Northern Ireland provides a “sensible solution” and a bespoke arrangement which can provide a way forward, Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has said. On RTÉ’s Morning Ireland the Sinn Féin vice president said the announcement has been “warmly welcomed” by the business…

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