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Tourism growth of 11 this year  

By Conall Ó Fátharta Irish Examiner Reporter Ireland continues to go from strength to strength as a tourist hotspot as new figures show the number of visitors here grew by more than 10% in the first six months of the year. The figures from the Central Statistics Office show that, between May and July, the total number of trips to Ireland increased by 11.1% to 2,315,700 — up 231,100 on the same period last year. Trips by residents of North America increased by 16 ...

The Irish Examiner Thu, 28 Aug 2014
High and low earners pay more tax pro rata compared to those in middle  

Irish top and bottom earners pay more in taxes on a pro-rata basis than middle-income earners, according to research conducted by the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI). Overall, the Irish income tax system is progressive, though the indirect taxation system is regressive, said the report’s author, Michael Collins. On average, Irish households pay 13.6% of their gross income in direct taxes and 10.36% in indirect taxes, which includes Vat, excise and levies ...

The Irish Examiner Thu, 28 Aug 2014
Taoiseachs EU duties triumph over Mayo semi final  

John Downing Mayo fan Enda Kenny Mayo footballers will line out on Saturday in the All-Ireland semi-final in Limerick without the presence of an ardent and long-standing fan. Taoiseach Enda Kenny cannot attend as he will be representing Ireland at a series of EU meetings in Brussels. Some key decisions are to be made on appointments which could impact on his long-time ally and Irish commissioner designate, Phil Hogan ...

Irish Independent Thu, 28 Aug 2014
Argentina to double exports of beef to Russia  

After placing trade restrictions on US and EU meat imports, Russia is now looking to Argentina to increase its supply of beef to the region ...

Farmers Journal Thu, 28 Aug 2014
Surge in visitors is due to lower VAT rate say tourism chiefs  

Allison Bray Irish Hotels Federation chief executive Tim Fenn The reduction in the VAT rate for the hospitality industry has led to a massive surge in job creation, and was a key factor in the significant rise in the number of overseas tourists here this year, according to hoteliers and tourism chiefs. The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office showed a 9.9pc increase in the number of trips taken by overseas visitors here between January and July to 4 ...

Irish Independent Thu, 28 Aug 2014
Gaza truce holds but Israeli PM comes under fire  

An open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war held yesterday as Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in Israel over a costly conflict with Palestinian militants in which no clear victor emerged. On the streets of the battered, Hamas-run Palestinian enclave, people headed to shops and banks, trying to resume the normal pace of life after seven weeks of fighting ...

The Irish Examiner Thu, 28 Aug 2014
Scotland and UK euro exit  

28/08/2014 02:30 europe Scotland opting for independence from the UK might sharpen investors' fears of Britain leaving the European Union Deutsche Bank economist Gilles Moec has said. "If Scotland is out, people will very quickly pay much more attention to the Brexit issue than before," London -based Mr Moec said in an interview with Bloomberg . "If Scotland leaves, the UK would lose probably the most pro- European chunk of its territory ...

Irish Independent Thu, 28 Aug 2014
The new division Germany faces is no longer east west but urban rural  

To understand Germany, you need to understand the sausage. And to understand the sausage, you have to go to Thuringia, Thüringen in German. This central state is the home of the Bratwurst, the roast sausage beloved of Germans and now familiar to Irish shoppers at Aldi and Lidl. The oldest Bratwurst recipe, dating from a Thuringian convent in 1404, was rediscovered here in 2002 ...

Irish Times Thu, 28 Aug 2014
Northern Ireland competitor Tom Cochrane wins European Reversible Ploughing Contest  

Last week’s European Reversible Ploughing Contest resulted in a Northern Ireland winner, and a fourth placing for Liam O’Driscoll, representing the Republic of Ireland. Well established as one of the North’s top ploughmen, Tom Cochrane from Coleraine has a runaway victory at Geel in Belgium, on his Claas tractor with a Kverneland plough, scoring 421 points ...

The Irish Examiner Thu, 28 Aug 2014
US and Germany confront Russia over alleged military role in Ukraine  

The United States and Germany have challenged Russia over the apparent involvement of its military in eastern Ukraine, as pro-Moscow rebels made rapid gains in clashes with government forces in the region. Just hours after the Ukrainian and Russian presidents met and pledged to seek a peaceful resolution to the bloody crisis, Kiev and western allies questioned whether Moscow’s troops were fighting alongside separatist militants ...

Irish Times Thu, 28 Aug 2014
Cyprus Airways offers Ryanair a gateway  

could find itself the owner of a small national airline that is not Aer Lingus . It is Cyprus Airways , a struggling carrier that has been leaking money and whose fleet stands at six Airbuses. It does not look like a likely partner for Europe’s most profitable airline. But tomorrow Ryanair will be one of 15 or so suitors that will submit non-binding offers to the owner, the Cypriot government. The Irish company only intends to offer a nominal sum for the business ...

Irish Times Thu, 28 Aug 2014
Ease export ban with superlevy ICOS  

Irish dairy co-ops have asked the European Commission to spend farmers’ superlevy fines to help dairy industries hit by the Russian food import ban. Support for the dairy sector will be discussed at a meeting of agriculture experts in Brussels today, and the Irish co-ops also proposed that fat correction be introduced for this year’s milk, to minimise the huge superlevy threat facing farmers in the last year of EU milk quotas ...

The Irish Examiner Thu, 28 Aug 2014
Sanctions complicating work for Russia's top businesses  

By Katya Golubkova and Oksana Kobzeva Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis could force some executives at Russian firms with foreign passports to give up certain duties, complicating life at the top of some of the country’s largest companies. US and EU sanctions bar some major Russian firms from raising new Western financing of more than 90 days ...

The Irish Examiner Thu, 28 Aug 2014
Young Farmer of the Year awards recognise initiative and innovation  

By Ray Ryan The team of judges for the final of the prestigious FBD Young Farmer of the Year awards, which will take place in Bantry, Co Cork, next Tuesday, will be headed by Michael Berkery. Mr Berkery, is chairman of FBD since 1996 and was general secretary of the Irish Farmers Association, for 25 years until his retirement in March 2009 ...

The Irish Examiner Wed, 27 Aug 2014
New team unveiled in French reshuffle as rebel ministers dropped  

President François Hollande replaced his maverick leftist economy minister with a former Rothschild partner yesterday, in a reshuffle intended to reconcile his efforts to revive the stagnant French economy with deficit-cutting orthodoxy. The shake-up is the latest episode in the wrangling across Europe about how much budgetary rigor the region’s economies can bear as they recover from financial crises ...

The Irish Examiner Wed, 27 Aug 2014
Kenny stands by his man as new EU leader demands more female commissioners  

John Downing 27/08/2014 02:30 Phil Hogan is still Brussels bound. Photo: Tom Burke TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has defended his decision to nominate Phil Hogan as Ireland's new EU Commissioner - despite real pressure from Brussels to send a woman in order to secure a top post for Ireland. Incoming EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has bluntly warned that if he does not get more female nominees, he will give all the best jobs to the few women who have been nominated ...

Irish Independent Wed, 27 Aug 2014
Russian troops entered Ukraine accidentally on patrol  

Roland Oliphant and Tom Parfitt Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, as Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, center, looks at them, prior to their talks after after posing for a photo in Minsk, Belarus Russia's government was forced to admit for the first time that regular troops had entered Ukraine yesterday, in a dramatic incident that appeared to confirm Kiev's accusations of direct Russian involvement in the civil war in the ...

Irish Independent Wed, 27 Aug 2014
Dairygold follow Glanbia and Kerry with milk price cut  

Declan O'Brien 02:30 Nervousness has crept into the dairy sector. Dairygold has cut its milk price by 2c/l to 35c/l for July supplies. The move means that Aurivo is paying the leading manufacturing milk price following its decision last week to hold at 37c/l for the month. Glanbia and Kerry moved to 35c/l for July supplies early last week, while Lakeland Dairies are quoting a price of 36c/l ...

Irish Independent Wed, 27 Aug 2014
Hollande orders cabinet reshuffle after left wing revolt  

David Chazan 26/08/2014 02:30 Francois Hollande: denial. Photo: Reuters Francois Hollande is under pressure Francois Hollande was forced to order his second reshuffle in less than five months after a revolt within the cabinet threatened to cripple his presidency. The left wing of France's ruling Socialist Party is furious over Mr Hollande's shift to more centrist economic policies, with the introduction of tax and spending cuts aimed at reducing the country's huge budget deficit ...

Irish Independent Tue, 26 Aug 2014
Bad news from Germany as France implodes on euro policy  

Michelle Martin and Mark John German Chancellor Angela Merkel embraces the statue of Saint James during her visit to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela The euro zone's flat-lining economy took another hit on Monday when data showed German business sentiment sagging for the fourth month running, while a row over the lack of growth led the French government to resign ...

Irish Independent Tue, 26 Aug 2014




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