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Wipeout of high earners shifts tax burden to middle  

Sam Griffin The dramatic drop in the number of higher-earners during the economic crash has resulted in middle-income earners having to carry the burden of income tax THE dramatic drop in the number of higher-earners during the economic crash has resulted in middle-income earners having to carry the burden of income tax, a report has found ...

Irish Independent Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Brussels Briefing  

By Ann Cahill European Correspondent Get a taste of some of the interesting and quirky happenings in Europe from our Europe correspondent, Ann Cahill. Baptism of fire for Charlie TRYING TIMES: Charlie Flanagan, the country’s new foreign minister, had something of a baptism of fire at his first EU meeting during the week ...

The Irish Examiner Mon, 28 Jul 2014
An organic kind of renaissance  

After dodging the worst effects of the recession, the organic sector found itself losing some ground in recent years but the good news is it’s on its way back to its 2010 heyday, writes Ray Ryan THE market for organic produce in Ireland in some ways escaped the worst effects of the recession ...

The Irish Examiner Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Lack of gender equality in State's decision making  

By Mary Regan Political Editor Women make up just one third of members of State boards and have been "consistently under-represented in economic portfolios," according to a report submitted to Cabinet on gender equality in decision-making roles. It says that the figures have remained “fairly static” for some time, despite a 40% target set by consecutive administrations ...

The Irish Examiner Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Research is hemmed in with a requirement that it make money and create companies and jobs  

Christmas has come early for the lucky science research community. European Commissioner for Research and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn last week announced a call for proposals that will disburse funding worth €100 million, a sum that includes five “innovation prizes” worth €6 million each for the happy recipients ...

Irish Times Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Poultry hygiene controls deficient EU finds  

By Seán McCárthaigh -Audit slams food safety in small plants monitored by local authorities Food safety controls implemented by local authorities on poultry producers have been strongly criticised in an audit by EU veterinary inspectors. A report by the auditors claimed serious deficiencies in food safety control systems meant local authorities could not provide a guarantee that small, poultry-producing facilities met all relevant EU food safety requirements ...

The Irish Examiner Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Groceries in capital are among the most expensive in world  

Emma Jane Hade 28/07/2014 02:30 Click to see a bigger version of the graphic Consumers are paying almost double the amount as British shoppers for the same product, as our capital city has been ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world for groceries. A recent survey of the price of household groceries in seven different international cities found that ranked as one of the more expensive cities to shop in ...

Irish Independent Mon, 28 Jul 2014
No need to be'all at sea rsquo  

MANY people will, by this stage of the summer, have visited a beach and while most of us have favourite stretches of shoreline, how much do we know about what actually goes on in the shifting sands beneath our feet? Ireland has more than 7,500km of coastline, no part of the country is more than 100km from the sea and about half the population lives within 10km of it. So our lives are intertwined with the sea and the shoreline could be said to be our final frontier with the ocean ...

The Irish Examiner Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Survey indicates disenchantment with EU stretches to top of corporate Britain  

A group of FTSE 100 chairmen surveyed for a poll have overwhelmingly backed renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the European Union, with many calling for economic and social power to be returned to nation states. The survey, which covered one in three chairmen of the UK’s biggest companies, shows that disenchantment with the EU status quo stretches to the top of corporate Britain, although support for withdrawal from the bloc remains minimal ...

Irish Times Mon, 28 Jul 2014
German agents tell of cracks in Kremlin  

With EU sanctions starting to bite, Russia's oligarchs are trying to put pressure on Vladimir Putin , according to German intelligence. German agents are reported to have obtained evidence of a power struggle in the Kremlin, with hardliners and oligarchs at loggerheads over Western sanctions. Some want to "put the brakes" on Mr Putin to rescue their business interests ...

Irish Independent Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Scottish farmers wary of arguments for independence  

Bullocks and heifers emptied quietly from trailers and trucks into the holding pens at Dumfries mart for the Wednesday sale. Inside, banter filled the air in the canteen, helped along by ebullient auctioneer Harry Begg. Few sitting at the table wanted to talk about Scotland’s independence referendum, due to take place on September 18th. When coaxed, a majority was united in its opposition ...

Irish Times Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Google removes half of requested links under the EUs right to be forgotten ruling  

08:36 A Google logo is seen at the entrance to the company's offices in Toronto in this file photo taken September 5, 2013 Google has agreed to more than 50pc of requests to remove links from its search results under the European Union ’s recently-introduced ‘right to be forgotten’ legislation. These latest figures were revealed as Google met with data protection regulators from across the European Union last week to explain its handling of the ruling ...

Irish Independent Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Middle income earners carry bulk of tax burden ESRI  

Research by the Economic and Social Research Institute suggests the bulk of the burden of tax increases over the past five years has been carried by those on middle incomes. The research published this morning shows tax rises and spending cuts in recent years have been linked to the policy of successive governments to protect those on social welfare ...

Sligo Today Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Fighting complicates Ukraine crash inquiry US EU prepare Russia sanctions  

International monitors abandoned plans to visit the crash site yesterday because of fears it was not safe A joint Australian-Dutch inquiry team will renew efforts to gain access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine. Fierce fighting in area yesterday kept the teams away. Evidence could be lost if fighting continued, said Deputy Commissioner of National Security Andrew Colvin, and the chances of finding the remains of all 298 dead grows slimmer as time passes ...

RTE Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Ireland will allow hedge funds to lend  

Ireland, one of the biggest hubs for funds in Europe, will allow hedge funds based in the country to lend to companies under new rules drawn up by the central bank, the bank said. With banks in Europe still reducing their lending to households and corporations in the wake of the financial crisis, firms who are too small to issue bonds are increasingly seeking to borrow from other sources such as insurers, private equity firms and hedge funds ...

Business World Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Ireland is not on track to become a low carbon society says EPA  

Flooding like this is part of climate change. Ireland is not on track to become a low carbon society, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It says we need a clear vision in Ireland for how we generate, how we supply and how we use clean energy if we are to play our part in lowering emissions of carbon dioxide, mainly from fossil fuels. Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA was speaking at the annual MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co. Donegal ...

Agriland Sun, 27 Jul 2014
Anstrengen more cuts says Merkels economist  

Sarah McCabe 27/07/2014 00:00 IDEAS MAN: Dr Joachim Pfeiffer. Photo: Steve Humphreys Ireland must continue to impose austerity policies, one of Germany's most powerful politicians has urged. Dr Joachim Pfeiffer, economics spokesman for Angela Merkel 's ruling Christian Democrat party, rejected assertions that Ireland can avoid one last austerity budget. He said the country "still has work to do" ...

Irish Independent Sun, 27 Jul 2014
Decline in EU wholesale dairy prices slows down  

European dairy commodity markets have shown some signs of moderation in June and July according to DairyCo. It says with the exception of cheese, the decline in prices has been considerably less than in the previous four months. According to the most recent data from the USDA, EU-28 commodity prices fell between May and June but have stabilised in the first two weeks of July. Average wholesale prices dropped by 0.5%, 0.8% and 2.2% respectively for butter, SMP and WMP ...

Agriland Sun, 27 Jul 2014
Seanad to be recalled to discuss Gaza and Ukraine  

Smoke billows from a building hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City The Government is recalling the Seanad from recess to debate the crises in Ukraine and Gaza. Fine Gael leader in the Seanad Maurice Cummins confirmed the Upper House will sit as soon as procedurally possible, potentially this week. Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan will address the chamber. The move comes after growing pressure from a group of cross-party Senators to have the Seanad recalled ...

RTE Sun, 27 Jul 2014
Ahern taking part in secret Ukraine peace talks  

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is reportedly taking part in secret peace talks in Ukraine. The Sunday Times reports that Mr Ahern is working as an unpaid facilitator with Crisis Management Initiative, a not-for-profit conflict resolution group. The newspaper reports he returned to Dublin from Kiev last Tuesday and expects to return to Ukraine in the coming week. Mr Ahern has criticised the EU response to the crisis in Ukraine, saying initial sanctions were not enough ...

Roscommon Herald Sun, 27 Jul 2014




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