Equifax to create 150 jobs; broadband delays denied; Nordic offer help on emissions

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An artists impression of what the Blackrock Shopping Centre will look like.

An artists impression of what the Blackrock Shopping Centre will look like.

 

A company used by vulture fund Cerberus to buy property loans from Ulster Bank paid almost ¤3.5 million to the State last year as new tax rules for such investments kicked in. Barry O’Halloran has the details.

The owners of Blackrock Shopping Centre in south Dublin have secured planning for a ¤10 million upgrade of the property, which will include a major internal refurbishment and the addition of a new glazed roof. Eoin Burke Kennedy reports.

Some good news this morning as US technology group Equifax is to almost double its Irish workforce with the addition of 150 new jobs next year, writes Colin Gleeson.

The Department of Communications has denied the National Broadband Plan (NBP) is facing further delays amid reports that officials have told regional authorities that work will not now commence until at least the second half of next year. Eoin Burke Kennedy reports

Karlin Lillington warns of the damage that the ending of net neutrality in the US could wreak.

Nordic countries have offered to collaborate with Ireland on the development of a range of technologies to help decarbonise the Irish energy sector, reports Kevin O’Sullivan. The offer also includes co-operation on ocean and offshore wind projects.

Are you “too awesomely busy to eat food”? Marie Boran tries the Silicon Valley diet.

Derek Scally reports from Berlin that Max Schrems, the digital privacy activist, is setting up an NGO called “noyb” – short for “none of your business”. Its aim: to drag into the real world European Union citizens’ privacy rights that Schrems says exist largely on paper.

Cantillon is a little cynical about the prospects of any change in the funding of public broadcasting; says that the credit union sector has to move with the times and reminds politicians of all stripes that the Border hasn’t gone away, you know.

Enjoy the day.