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Ireland should implement euro 2bn cuts says Brussels  

in Brussels The European Commission is putting renewed pressure on the Government to implement €2 billion in cuts in the coming budget, echoing the views of both the IMF and the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council The commission fears the strong exchequer figures in the second quarter may not be sustainable for the remainder of the year and has concerns about the “volatility” of Irish quarterly GDP estimates ...

Irish Times Tue, 30 Sep 2014
MEPs to challenge Hogan on EU post  

02:30 Phil Hogan, the EU's Agriculture Commissioner-designate, will face a grilling from MEPs this week IRELAND's EU Commissioner Phil Hogan this week faces a gruelling ratification hearing before European Parliament members who have effective power to deprive him of the job. Mr Hogan, set to take control of the €60bn per year agriculture portfolio, has been lobbying key MEPs especially the powerful parliament agriculture committee ...

Irish Independent Tue, 30 Sep 2014
Homecoming joy as science trio consider next projects  

By Kelly O'Brien Reporter Cheering crowds, hundreds of handshakes, and plenty of pats on the back. It’s not every day you win the world’s top science competition, but these three Cork girls almost make it look easy. Ciara Judge, Emer Hickey, and Sophie Healy-Thow from Kinsale Community School had one hell of a homecoming yesterday after scooping the top prize at Google’s Science Fair in San Francisco ...

The Irish Examiner Tue, 30 Sep 2014
UK can win concessions from EU says Osborne  

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has rejected calls from senior Conservatives to declare that the UK would quit the European Union if it does not get a better membership deal. Instead, Mr Osborne, speaking at the Conservative Party’s conference in Birmingham, insisted that a Conservative government can win major concessions before putting the issue to a referendum in 2017 ...

Irish Times Tue, 30 Sep 2014
Apple and a big game of what if on EU tax probe  

02:30 Welcome to the game of 'what if' ...

Irish Independent Tue, 30 Sep 2014
Cameron criticises Ireland 39 s tax regime for multinationals  

British Prime Minister David Cameron was critical of the tax regime for multinationals British Prime Minister David Cameron has criticised Ireland's tax regime for multinational companies and welcomed international measures to curb schemes such as the so-called "double Irish". It uses payments between related parts of a multinational company to shift income from a higher-tax country to a lower-tax country ...

RTE Tue, 30 Sep 2014
Robinson calls for Europe to push on emissions cuts  

EU heads of state and governments need to adopt an ambitious target to cut carbon emissions if Europe is to retain its leadership on climate change, according to former president Mary Robinson Speaking to after last week’s UN climate summit, she said it was “incredibly important that Europe will be at the heart of a progressive alliance for a new climate agreement” at the UN conference in Paris in 2015 ...

Irish Times Mon, 29 Sep 2014
Ministers Bruton and Nash welcome the start of European SME Week  

Pictured are Mr John Clarke of ID Technology, Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and Business and Employment Minister Ged Nash. Supports available to gain access to new markets in the European Union Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and Business and Employment Minister Ged Nash welcomed the start of European SME Week which takes place from today until next Sunday ...

Merrion Street Mon, 29 Sep 2014
Raheny student wins European award  

• Colm O'Neill, chief executive of BT Ireland and former Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, pictured presenting the 2014 BT Young Scientist of the Year Award to Paul Clarke back in January. FILE PHOTO: CHRIS BELLEW/FENNELL PHOTOGRAPHY A NORTHSIDE teenager, was crowned the overall winner of this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, was celebrating again last week when he won a European award ...

Dublin People Mon, 29 Sep 2014
Gas and electricity prices remain below last year's levels  

Wholesale gas and electricity prices rose last month but still remain well below prices for the same period last year. Gas prices rose 17% month-on-month on account of a number of unplanned outages that put pressure on the system to meet demand, but still remain more than 20% lower than this time last year. Day-ahead prices have fallen 24% since the beginning of the year ...

The Irish Examiner Mon, 29 Sep 2014
Tories vent fury on Reckless for'senseless'defection to Ukip  

Furious British Tories have turned their fire on ex-MP Mark Reckless, with David Cameron branding his defection to Ukip "senseless and counter-productive" while party chairman Grant Shapps told activists: "He lied and lied and lied again." The Rochester MP’s switch to Nigel Farage’s party, coupled with the resignation of government minister Brooks Newmark over a sex scandal, cast a shadow over the final Conservative conference before the 2015 general election ...

The Irish Examiner Mon, 29 Sep 2014
EU Commission set to find Apple deal was illegal  

Yuya Shino Apple is to be accused of benefitting from State aid here. The European Commission will accuse Apple of benefiting from illegal state aid here, based on preliminary findings of an investigation into tax deals ...

Irish Independent Mon, 29 Sep 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. Hogan faces Euro SLAPP in the face Giving someone a slap is an old Irish phrase for putting someone in their place. The word has been doing the rounds in Brussels in relation to the row between MEP Nessa Childers and Agriculture Commissioner designate, Phil Hogan ...

The Irish Examiner Mon, 29 Sep 2014
Science teachers find formula for our students global success  

Ralph Riegel and Katherine Donnelly Science fair co-ordinator Sean Holly and deputy principal Kathleen O'Brien pictured with teaching staff in Kinsale Community School, Cork. Picture: Provision THEY are the unheralded heroes of Ireland's global domination of young scientist competitions ...

Irish Independent Mon, 29 Sep 2014
Ireland fifth highest personal income tax jurisdiction in the EU Ibec report  

Ireland is now the fifth highest personal income tax jurisdiction in the EU, according to a report published by Ibec called ‘Debunking Irish income tax myths’. Among the key findings in the report is that since 2010, income tax as a percentage of national income here has risen from 8.7pc to 11.6pc, well above the EU average of 9.5pc. "The marginal tax rate - which is now an eye watering 52pc - is a barrier to investment and job creation ...

Business and Leadership Mon, 29 Sep 2014
Hogan denies claim he knew of euro 40m Irish Water costs  

Former Minister Phil Hogan denies claim he approved payments to consultants. Former Environment Minister Phil Hogan last night rejected claims that he approved payments of more than €40 million to consultants employed by Irish Water. Ireland's EU Commissioner designate said he approved an overall figure required to establish Irish Water but did not know how much went on consultants ...

Irish Independent Mon, 29 Sep 2014
Hungary to import more gas from Gazprom reveals PM Orban  

Krisztina Than 12:55 Hungary has secured increased gas imports from Russia's Gazprom , Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday, a day after Hungary's pipeline operator FGSZ stopped shipping gas to Ukraine. Orban told public radio that he had held talks with Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller and the company had agreed to ship increased volumes of gas to boost levels at Hungary 's storage facilities in the coming weeks ...

Irish Independent Fri, 26 Sep 2014
Opinion EU consumers would benefit directly as more competitive markets lead to lower prices  

The current Ukrainian crisis involving Russian aggression poses real dangers, but also provides tremendous opportunities for the European Union. One of them lies in the strategic area of energy policy. The EU is to a significant extent dependent on Russian gas imports. This dependency differs, with some member states being fully reliant on Russian gas (eg Finland, Latvia and Lithuania). In the ongoing conflict this may become an issue ...

Irish Times Fri, 26 Sep 2014
Pressure mounts on Hogan over legal battle with Childers  

Pressure has increased on Phil Hogan ahead of his hearing at the European Parliament next Thursday following confirmation that Ireland’s nominee as EU commissioner threatened Independent MEP Nessa Childers with legal action ...

Irish Times Fri, 26 Sep 2014
German consumer confidence slips on economic slowdown  

German consumer sentiment is set to decline for a second straight month this October, as fears over conflict between Ukraine and Russia weigh on optimism Peter Spence 12:59 German chancellor Angela Merkel with Russian president Vladimir Putin Tensions over Russia and Ukraine have rocked Germany’s shoppers, pushing measures of consumer confidence for October to an eight-month low At just 8.3, the GfK consumer sentiment reading was 0.3 points weaker than in September, and 0 ...

Irish Independent Fri, 26 Sep 2014




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