All I want for Christmas is you tools – Practical presents top the Christmas wish list for tradespeople this year

Not sure what to buy the tradesperson in your life? New research from Chadwicks Group reveals that practical presents top the Christmas gift list for tradespeople. The survey of 100 tradespeople by Ireland’s leading builders’ merchants reveals that 89% of tradespeople have received a gift related to their trade in the past and almost 4 […]

Solar for Schools Programme Commencement Announced

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, Ossian Smyth, have launched the commencement of the first phase of the Solar for Schools Programme. It will provide eligible schools with 6 kilowatts of roof-mounted solar PV, which equates to approximately 16 solar panels. The […]

SFA National Small Business Awards 2024 Finalists announcement

Finalists announced in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2024 Taoiseach says for 20 years the SFA National Small Business Awards have celebrated the talent and success of Ireland’s vibrant small business community The finalists in the SFA National Business Awards 2024 have been officially announced by Sue O’Neill, Chair of the SFA Awards Judging […]

85% of EV Drivers Experience Cheaper Running Costs Since Switching to Electric

DoneDeal, Ireland’s largest car website, has found that 85% of electric car drivers in Ireland have noted that running costs are cheaper than their previous traditional petrol/diesel cars. (Source: Survey of 937 car buyers in November 2023). 62% of Irish electric vehicle drivers plan to buy another EV as their next car purchase. Of those surveyed that […]

New Scheme to Improve Access to the Contributory State Pension for Long-Term Carers

IFA Farm Family Vice Chair, Teresa Roche welcomes a new scheme that has been announced by the Minister Heather Humphreys to improve access to the State Pension (Contributory) for long term carers. The Long-Term Carers Contribution Scheme makes it easier for those who have cared for over 20 years for an incapacitated person to qualify […]

Recycling rates slow as Ireland off track to meet key targets

·         Ireland’s economy remains linear with waste generation continuing to rise. Recycling rates are not keeping pace with increasing levels of waste generation. ·         Ireland is off track to meet mandatory EU recycling targets set to apply from 2025 for municipal waste, packaging waste and plastic packaging waste. These targets are set to progress the circular economy […]

New Extra Help Hub for vulnerable customers and their families and carers launched byBank of Ireland

The Hub will act as a ‘where to next?’ on managing financial affairs for people and families in challenging circumstances Bank’s Vulnerable Customer Unit has handled 30,000 cases since 2019 75% of calls relate to three areas: financial abuse, power of attorney, and support for those who have lost decision making capacity Bank has partnered […]

Ireland moves up the rankings in global renewable energy development attractiveness

u  Ireland rises one place to 12th in latest edition of EY Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index u  Ireland also climbs two places in Corporate Power Purchase Agreements rankings Ireland has continued to climb the rankings of the EY Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index, rising one place to 12th thanks to a series of positive renewable energy and related […]

Shoppers encouraged to turn Black Friday green this weekend!

New research by Champion Green, Ireland’s support local campaign, has revealed that 4 in 10 online shoppers (40%) anticipate their Christmas gifts and non-food shopping will be completed over the Black Friday sales this weekend. Launching their Green Friday awareness drive, campaign organisers are asking people to stay loyal to local shops and services providers, this festive […]

Climate Change, Cost of Living and Spending Top The Bill For Global Consumers – EY Future Consumer Index

Seven in ten (71%) consumers plan to delay purchases until festive sales events More than half (54%) consumers plan to spend less to save money Close to half (46%) of consumers very concerned about climate change Older generations more likely to recycle (63%) or use reusable bags (65%), younger generations more likely to check sustainability […]

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