Shannon LNG, digital tipping, and ranking Ireland’s State pension

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The JustTip device in operation at Two Fifty Square in Rathmines, Dublin

The JustTip device in operation at Two Fifty Square in Rathmines, Dublin


US-backed Shannon LNG will seek An Bord Pleanála’s permission to build a €650 million liquefied natural gas plant and power station in Co Kerry in the coming days. Barry O’Halloran has the details of a plan that has previously faced opposition from environmentalists.

Hospitality outlets are reporting “big pick-ups” in tipping after the installation of JustTip technology, with some staff members taking home about an extra €10 a day. Colin Gleeson reports.

On a related topic, Cantillon highlights how service charges placed automatically on your restaurant bill can be sneaky and unfair.

A project to build an emergency oil storage facility in Dublin for use amid concerns about the impact of Brexit went over budget and required approval for injection of an extra €1.6 million in State funding, writes Ken Foxe

How does the Irish State pension compare with other countries in the OECD? Fiona Reddan looks at the numbers.

In Q&A, a reader wonders how her family would fund nursing home care for her mother given that there are no family assets in her name. Dominic Coyle offers some guidance.

In her media and marketing column, Laura Slattery highlights how RTÉ is failing to connect with young children, which is no surprise given the reduced level of resources it is allocating to the genre.

In Me & My Money, John Ring, senior lending manager with Onate, outlines how the financial crisis obliterated most of his shareholdings.

Westmeath-based fire-protection company Writech has secured “significant new investment” from Irish private equity firm Waterland to accelerate its UK and European growth strategy and double capacity at its design and innovation centre in Mullingar. Colin Gleeson has the details.

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