Poolbeg peninsula plans, Kylemore Abbey’s Covid cushion and Science Gallery anger

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The Victorian walled garden at Kylemore Abbey. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Victorian walled garden at Kylemore Abbey. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

 

Dublin Port Company has announced plans for a €400 million project to redevelop the south side of the State’s busiest port that will include building a bridge across the river Liffey. Simon Carswell has the details.

Imports of goods from Britain to the Republic staged a minor recovery in September, easing the rate of decline to 21 per cent for the first nine months of the year. Laura Slattery reports.

A near-€1.5 million insurance payout for business interruption during lockdown helped Kylemore Abbey and Gardens in Connemara, one of the country’s top visitor attractions, cushion the blow of a near three-quarters decline in its revenues last year as the pandemic heaped pressure on the tourism sector. Mark Paul reports.

An additional 30,000 construction workers will be required to meet the State’s housing and climate targets, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (Ifac) has said. Eoin Burke-Kennedy reports.

While environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters are being taken more seriously by Irish business leaders, companies are still hesitant about tying ESG metrics to remuneration, writes Eoin Burke-Kennedy

Karlin Lillington is angry at the decision to close TCD’s Science Gallery.

Cantillon tells us that the stereotypes don’t fit when it comes to the rental sector and what KBC is up to in Bulgaria.

Chris Horn wonders if there is a time coming when we won’t need passwords.

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On our Business Today podcast Ciarán Hancock talks to markets correspondent Joe Brennan about the health of Ireland’s insurance industry. He also talks to Conor Faughnan, who in his former role as director of consumer affairs for AA Ireland became well known to a generation of Irish motorists. They discuss premiums, claims and profits in the industry that some say are excessive.

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