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Four motorists arrested at Dublin Port Tunnel


Four motorists were arrested for dangerous driving and toll evasion at Dublin’s Port Tunnel on Thursday, as part of a targeted operation by road policing units. Three of the drivers were allegedly found to have drugs in their systems when they were tested at the roadside following dangerous driving. Cannabis showed up in two of the results, while the third ... Read More »

Leo Varadkar warns Ireland can’t be complacent despite recent Brexit revelations


Leo Varadkar has warned that “everything might be alright on the night” with Brexit, but that we can’t be complacent. Mr Varadkar said that key staff are now in place in Customs and Revenue to handle a possible no-deal Brexit or border complications. And he said that a new advertising campaign reminding people of the challenges of Brexit will be ... Read More »

Irish bishops say Brexit means EU elections have ‘far-reaching implications’


LEICESTER, United Kingdom – Ireland’s bishops have warned that this week’s European elections have “rarely been more important,” due to the “potentially profound and far-reaching implications” of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. Ireland’s bishops conference covers the entire island, which includes the Republic of Ireland in the south and Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, in ... Read More »

Warrenpoint Port set for £9.5m carbon dioxide terminal


A Japanese firm is to build a £9.5m carbon dioxide (CO2) import terminal at Warrenpoint Port. The gas is widely used in the food and drink industry, mainly for refrigeration. The new facility, to be developed by Nippon Gases, will store liquid CO2 for industry across the island of Ireland. Work is due to start this summer, with operations expected ... Read More »

European Parliament elections preview: Ireland


Ireland’s European elections will be held on 24 May, with local elections also being held on the same day. Rory Costello writes that despite the importance of the Brexit negotiations for Ireland, the European election campaign has so far been surprisingly low-key, reflecting the degree of stability that has returned to the country’s politics since the turbulence of the financial ... Read More »

Fears Dublin port ban could signal ‘end of an era’ for cruise ships in Belfast


AS the enormous Celebrity Reflection cruise ship sails into Belfast this morning, bringing thousands of deep-pocketed North Americans to the city’s visitor attractions, shops, pubs and restaurants, there are fears it could be the ‘end of an era’ for this type of tourism. For it comes as the Dublin Port Company sticks to its guns and restricts the number of ... Read More »

A new direction of travel for the UK and Ireland


In 1952, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland agreed passport-free travel between their countries. They added the rights to reside and work in 1954 and to claim social security the following year. In 1957, they formalised this in a treaty creating the Nordic Passport Union, with a common external immigration frontier. In 1962, an associated treaty was signed for political co-operation ... Read More »

Chinese officials commit to Irish plant inspections in August


A commitment by Chinese authorities to carry out a plant approval inspection in Ireland in August has been welcomed by Meat Industry Ireland (MII). However, MII’s senior director, Cormac Healy, said that it would have been “preferable” if the Asian country had granted pre-registration and approval “immediately”. “At today’s meeting with vice-minister Zhang Jiwen of China’s customs [administration], it was ... Read More »

‘Bungled’ Brexit hugely detrimental to Ireland – head of Unite


A “bungled” Brexit and two years of “Tory Brexit chaos” have been hugely detrimental to the economy of the entire island of Ireland and threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs across Ireland and the UK, according to the head of Britain’s biggest trade union. Addressing the Unite trade union conference in Dublin, General Secretary Len McCluskey cited estimates that investment ... Read More »

Minister reassures DUP leader over reduced cruise ship business


Minister for Transport Shane Ross sought to reassure DUP leader Arlene Foster that Cork and Belfast would fill the gap left by Dublin Port’s reduction in cruise ship arrivals. Mr Ross wrote to the Northern Irish politician last month after she expressed concern that cruise liners may decide not to dock at Belfast Harbour if Dublin limited berth space for ... Read More »

Brexit deal which keeps us in the customs union will cost every Brit £800, even Remainers admit


Theresa May is rumoured to be on the verge of offering a customs union style deal with Labour which would keep us tied to the bloc for years to come. The research, commissioned by pro-Remainers the People’s Vote campaign, which want to stop Brexit altogether, says trade still wouldn’t be as easy as it is now. The economic burden of ... Read More »

Ex-Bank of Ireland executive Sweeney to head PineBridge Ireland


Former senior Bank of Ireland executive Mick Sweeney has been hired by New York-based asset manager PineBridge Investments to lead its Irish business. PineBridge Investments Ireland is the group’s management company for various funds governed by European regulations. The most recent set of accounts filed with the Companies Registration Office show that the Dublin-based unit’s gross management fees surged 45 ... Read More »

Irish Official Concerned A Hard Brexit Will Lead To More Violence In Northern Ireland


As Brexit threatens to cause turmoil across the European Union, perhaps no nation is feeling the strain of the United Kingdom’s 2016 referendum more than the Republic of Ireland. Three times now, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has failed to forge a compromise with the more conservative members of Parliament to ease the U.K. out of the E.U., and central ... Read More »

Brexit: Outbreak of optimism over customs union talks


After almost a month out of the headlines, Brexit will return to the top of the agenda next Tuesday with the conclusion of negotiations between the government and Labour. Both sides sounded optimistic this week about reaching a common position on the UK’s customs arrangements with the European Union. Theresa May has long ruled out membership of a customs union ... Read More »

Hypocrites for Ireland: The border that should never have been drawn


‘Any port in a storm’ is the watchword of those who defy the democratic mandate won by Brexit in 2016. Whether it’s frightening old ladies with tales of unavailable medicine if Britain reverts to trading with the EU27 on the same basis as most of the rest of the world, or spooking the healthy over a shortage of apples (though ... Read More »

Brexit: Labour aims to ‘pin down’ ministers as talks resume


Talks between the government and Labour aimed at trying to break the Brexit deadlock have resumed in London. The process has largely been on hold since before Easter, when ministers announced a series of working groups to discuss individual issues. Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer said he wanted to “pin down” the government on what changes it was willing to make. ... Read More »

London, Dublin bid to restore N Ireland government: reports


London and Dublin were set to announce a fresh attempt to revive Northern Ireland’s power-sharing devolved administration, reports said Friday, following the killing of a journalist by nationalist paramilitaries. Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, has been without its semi-autonomous government since January 2017 following a breakdown in trust between the main parties. In a rare joint statement, politicians ... Read More »

Irish Times Business Awards winners cross the line


The winners of The Irish Times Business Awards, in association with KPMG, were chosen this week by a panel of judges chaired by Cathriona Hallahan, managing director of Microsoft Ireland. The judges chose winners across five categories: Business Person of the Year, Company of the Year, Chief Financial Officer of the Year, Deal of the Year, and Local Enterprise of ... Read More »

European group pays €150m for 600 Irish properties

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The European property firm, LRC Group, has paid around €150 million to acquire 600 residential and commercial assets from Oaktree affiliate, Targeted Investment Opportunities (TIO). The deal, which is understood to have been completed two weeks ago, will see LRC take ownership of hundreds of buy-to-let homes across Dublin, Cork and Galway, as well as a small number of commercial ... Read More »

Coastal towns urged to play a role in stopping drug-smugglers


Coastal communities have been warned that local intelligence is critical if Ireland is to win the battle against drug-smuggling gangs. Gardaí, Customs and Excise, and the Naval Service urged people suspicious of any activities at sea or along isolated stretches of coastline to immediately contact the authorities. The plea came as the Cork West Garda Division staged a ‘Coastal Watch’ ... Read More »