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Credit guarantee scheme facilitates lending to SMEs which would otherwise by declined by lenders due to insufficient collateral. Photograph: iStock

The State’s credit guarantee scheme (CGS) has delivered more than €93 million in loans to small and medium enterprises since its foundation in late 20(...)

The ferry terminal has lain empty since 2015 when sailings ceased. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A proposal to turn the former Dún Laoghaire Ferry Terminal into a “digital technology hub” which could support up to 1,000 jobs and 50 companies has r(...)

Minister for Trade Pat Breen: positive signs in the relationship between the EU and the United States, despite recent turmoil. File photograph: Tom Honan

Minister of State for Trade Pat Breen has called on the EU and the United States to “step from the brink” amid signs of escalating tensions between th(...)

Large ensemble cast: Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan at the launch of the Audiovisual Action Plan in June. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There’s a tradition in Britain that whenever a politician inherits the culture portfolio, any past utterance they have ever made about their cultural (...)

Large brewing companies in Ireland are engaging in anti-competitive practices, Alan Kelly claimed

Large brewing companies in Ireland are engaging in anti-competitive practices and abusing their market dominance to prevent smaller firms selling thei(...)

Sports analytics firm STATS has opened a new European headquarters in Limerick with plans to employ 150 staff by 2020 while Dublin-based IT firm eBecs(...)

Michael D Higgins addressing the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph: Maxwell’s

President Michael D Higgins has said that a growing form of diplomacy, dominated by narrow self-interest and dismissive of hard-won fundamental rights(...)

U2 perform at Croke Park in July 2017. Tickets for the sold-out gig appeared within minutes on Ticketmaster-owned secondary site Seatwave. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The scourge of ticket-touting has been a regular trigger for fan despair in recent years, with the above-average level of resales for U2 and Coldplay’(...)

Tom and Padraig Hennessy of Terra Liquid Minerals in Kildare, which won the 2018 National Enterprise Award.  Photograph: Martina Regan

An agri-business firm from Co Kildare that improves the health of cows through drinking water has won the National Enterprise Award for 2018. Terra L(...)

U2’s concert at  Croke Park had given rise to “particular criticism about secondary ticket sales”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Minister of State Pat Breen has defended the Government’s approach to dealing with ticket touting, saying it is a problem in respect of “no more than (...)

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