Race for NTMA top job, solar woes and the madness of two help-to-buy schemes

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Solar panels: delays in getting connections to the national grid are preventing new renewable projects from supplying electricity in the Republic, solar energy developers claim.

Solar panels: delays in getting connections to the national grid are preventing new renewable projects from supplying electricity in the Republic, solar energy developers claim.

 

Nama’s chief executive Brendan McDonagh, the Department of Finance’s banking head Des Carville and Dara Deering, head of House Building Finance Ireland, are among candidates vying to become the next chief executive of the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), according to sources. Joe Brennan has the details.

Delays in getting connections to the national grid are preventing new renewable projects from supplying electricity in the Republic, solar energy developers claim. Barry O’Halloran reports.

Electric vehicle charge point operator EasyGo has secured an additional €15 million funding to extend its network in the Republic and expand into Northern Ireland. Eoin-Burke Kennedy reports.

Invest Northern Ireland-backed software developer Liopa has won a contract to provide technology designed to aid speech recognition to Royal Preston Hospital in Britain, writes Barry O’Halloran

In Me & My Money we meet Former rugby international Peter Stringer and find out how he manages his cash.

In his column Eoin-Burke Kennedy points out that despite presiding over a host of housing-related policies, the Government is having little joy in changing the dynamic for struggling renters and would-be buyers.

Pilita Clark says that if she had started work later and knew nothing but today’s always-on culture, I might have been a lot more insistent about carving out time to unplug.

In our Monday opinion piece, Susan Kilty, head of tax at PwC Ireland warns that while the corporate tax rate of 15 per cent is in place, the overall picture is far from clear.

Dominic Coyle hears from a reader with a question about the carer’s allowance.

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