Enterprise Ireland’s new €250k fund  is open to applications from individuals, early stage companies or prospective businesses operating in the agri-business sector. Photograph: Trevor Snapp/Bloomberg

Competitive Feasibility Fund will help entrepreneurs investigate the viability of business idea

Latest figures show the international financial services sector employs about 35,700 across the country but the sector may be struggling to keep pace. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister of State Simon Harris announces new strategy to drive growth in sector

Massimo Dutti on Grafton Street, one of IPUT’s holdings. The fund manages a portfolio of 80 properties valued at more than €  1.2 billion, 98 per cent of which (by value) is situated in Dublin.

German group will invest in property fund IPUT which is looking to diversify its investment base

The new €10 has additional security features  including a portrait watermark of the Greek goddess Europa; raised lines along the sides of the note; a shiny emerald colour number; and a portrait hologram of Europa.

Tenner is similar in size and shape to existing note but has additional security features

Getting a mortgage and saving for a deposit are two of the biggest obstacles facing today’s first-time buyers. Photograph Getty Images

Access to finance is main difficulty facing potential homeowners with mortgage insurance suggested as a solution

CPM is set to to hire 150 permanent and 150 temporary positions, ranging from regional sales managers to field sales representatives and merchandisers, with the roles available immediately.

Outsourced sales solutions company looking to fill 150 permanent and 150 temporary positions

Options for decent returns on investments are thin on the ground. Buying invoices is becoming more attractive

In 2009 Dublin ranked 10th as a global financial services centre alongside cities such as London, New York and Zurich. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore remain top four centres

Dublin’s reputation as a global financial centre continues to slide according to the GFCI survey. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

City slides to 70th as New York remains ahead of London in survey

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