A Citroen C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid is plugged to a charging station at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium on January 9th. Photograph:  Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Monday Indicators: Irish trade statistics (Oct), vehicles licensed for first time (Dec); UK construction output (Nov), industrial and manufacturing (...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson pledged in his general election manifesto promise to ‘get Brexit done’ by January 31st

Up to 85 per cent of small and medium-sized companies in Ireland are likely to be negatively impacted by Brexit, Banking and Payments Federation Irela(...)

For strategically important occupations, the income threshold increased from €30,000 to €32,000. File photograph: Getty

A 45 per cent spike in work permit applications last month has caused a significant backlog in people awaiting decisions for permission to work in the(...)

Facebook’s new Data Centre in Clonee Co Meath. Dozens of centres have opened in recent years, bringing the total to 54, with a combined power capacity of 642MW. Another 10 centres are under construction

Inside Digital Realty’s Dublin data centre, racks of shiny black servers throb and whirr as unseen fans cool machines that steadily process unending d(...)

Special tax relief scheme: Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation suggested the amount of tax being lost through the scheme needed to be ‘seen in context’. Photograph: iStock

The major spike in Ireland’s corporation tax revenue has been driven in part by a special tax relief scheme available to senior employees of multinati(...)

“Languages are difficult to learn. We need to make sure that people want to study them and that there is a place for language graduates in organisations.” Photograph: iStock

As we move into the post-Brexit world, our ability to communicate with customers in distant markets in their own language will become a vital competit(...)

‘Our companies must innovate if they want to export,’ says   Enterprise Ireland research and innovation executive Louise Maye. Photograph: Getty Images

Investment into research and development by Enterprise Ireland client companies grew to almost €1 billion last year, but that figure still needs to ri(...)

The Large Hadron Collider. Photograph: Cern/PA Wire

Ireland should join Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, if ambition to be a global leader in innovation is to be realised, the Oirea(...)

Sectors such as fruit picking are seen as the most likely beneficiaries of the proposed new system. Photograph: iStock

The Republic is an “outlier” in Europe because it has no system for granting seasonal employment permits for foreign workers in sectors such as fruit (...)

Firms such as Mazars, Deloitte, KPMG and Ernest and Young appear repeatedly in the figures for Government spending on outside consultants. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Accountancy firms, public relations companies, management consultants and think tanks are among those who benefited from millions in Government spendi(...)

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