House retrofits and tax breaks, Kilkenny group’s new online store, and ways to save the Irish stock exchange

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Some 60 per cent of consumers say tax incentives would encourage them to invest in home energy upgrades, as cost is the main factor deterring them from making their homes more energy efficient, according to a report from the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland. Ellen O’Regan reports.

Kilkenny Design Group, the craft and design retailer owned by the O’Gorman family, has made a “significant investment” of €400,000 in a new online store that is set to launch by the end of this week. Ellen O’Regan has the details.

In our first personal finance Q&A of the week, a reader asks if their granddaughter can be treated as their child for inheritance tax purposes? Dominic Coyle offers a view. If you’d like to read more about the issues that affect your finances try signing up to On the Money, the weekly newsletter from our personal finance team, which will be issued every Friday to Irish Times subscribers.

Burberry used London Fashion Week to rebrand the Bond Street tube station, leaving many commuters confused. Financial Times columnist Pilita Clark explains why such marketing ploys leave her cold.


CRH became the latest big company to quit the Irish stock market last week, raising questions about the future of the Euronext Dublin. In our Opinion piece, Cathal Friel outlines ways to revive the Irish stock market and generate new IPOs.

New Enterprise Ireland chairman Michael Carey plans to make the development of billion-euro indigenous companies a key goal in his five-year term with the State agency. Ciarán Hancock has the details.

Irish exports to Canada could double in the next five years, given the right conditions, according to a new report authored by economist Jim Power. Ellen O’Regan reports.

In Me & My Money, Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, Irish Tourism Industry Confederation chief executive, explains why he’s “allergic to online shopping – before, during and since the pandemic”. He spoke with Tony Clayton-Lea.

Investment brokerage Lightyear, which is backed by Virgin founder Richard Branson, has raised the interest rate on cash balances held by its Irish users to 3.25 per cent, writes Ciara O’Brien.

Waterford IT company HCS is to add 15 new roles, as a result of a new partnership with US cybersecurity company Fortinet. Ellen O’Regan reports.

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