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Irish HomeCare to hire 200 staff as part of €3m investment

Irish HomeCare to hire 200 staff as part of €3m investment

Irish HomeCare is to hire 200 staff as part of a €3m investment. The positions on offer include care worker roles, managers, nurses and administrative support. The Monaghan-based company, which currently employs over 600 people, will be hiring throughout Ireland and establishing new offices in regional towns and cities. : “We have been very successful in this market for 13 […]

Explainer: Who is the new pension scheme aimed at and how will it work?

Explainer: Who is the new pension scheme aimed at and how will it work?

What is this plan? The Government has finally launched proposals for how a new auto-enrolment pension scheme might work. This is in the form of what is called a ‘strawman‘ proposal, or discussion paper, which is intended to generate a debate around the disadvantages and create new and better proposals. The proposals from Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty‘s department are […]

New changes to NCT put a bigger emphasis on tyre and brake wear

New changes to NCT put a bigger emphasis on tyre and brake wear

Last year more than 1.3 million vehicles were tested in the NCT, with an overall pass rate of 48.5pc. We know that the pass rate is influenced by the fact that some vehicles are not adequately prepared in advance of a test. When a vehicle does fail, the list of items that require repair will be provided to you so […]

Crop damage mounts for EU farmers after torrid summer

Crop damage mounts for EU farmers after torrid summer

European farmers are counting the cost of a summer heatwave that has shrunk cereal harvests and shrivelled pastures, leaving some farms struggling to survive and shutting the EU out of lucrative export markets. The severe weather in Europe has coincided with adverse growing conditions in other major grain producing zones such as Russia and Australia, raising the risk that supplies […]

Profit up 5pc at CRH despite weather disruption and currency headwinds

Profit up 5pc at CRH despite weather disruption and currency headwinds

Profit before tax at CRH grew 5pc year-on-year to €497m in the six months to 30 June. The continued growth in profit at Ireland’s largest company came despite weather disruption and currency headwinds, CRH said in a trading update today. Revenues were up 1pc to €11.9bn during the period, while earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) were also […]

Cairn Homes completes €277m debt refinancing

Cairn Homes completes €277m debt refinancing

Listed housebuilder Cairn Homes has completed a debt refinancing of its existing €200m senior debt facility with AIB and Ulster Bank into a new €277.5m term loan and revolving credit facility with AIB, Ulster Bank, and Barclays. The aim of the refinancing is to help the growth of the business and reduce its finance costs, Cairn said in a statement […]