Budget 2023 must protect viability of Experience Economy

Ibec, the group that represents business, is calling on Government to use Budget 2023 as an opportunity to enhance the competitiveness and productivity of the Experience Economy which underpins our social, tourism and business ecosystems. The Ibec Budget 2023 submission outlines that this can be achieved by supporting companies in the economy at a time […]

Ireland should move towards achieving the health-based WHO air quality guidelines

Air quality in Ireland is generally good, however, there are concerning localised issues that are impacting negatively on the air we breathe. Ireland met all of its EU legal requirements in 2021, but it did not meet the new health-based WHO guidelines in 2021. Ireland and Europe should move towards achieving the health-based WHO air […]

Office of Public Works recruiting up to 250 staff over the next 12 months

The Office of Public Works (OPW) are recruiting up to 250 staff, including a large number of high-value civil and structural engineering roles, over the next 12 months. The ongoing and accelerated recruitment campaign comes as a result of the OPW’s increased funding secured under the National Development Plan (NDP) 2021 – 2030. Under the […]

Greater ambition in funding supports for food and drink manufacturing needed in Budget 2023

Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group representing the food and drink sector, has today published its Budget 2023 submission calling for greater ambition in funding supports for the sector from the Brexit Adjustment Reserve. Paul Kelly, FDI Director said: “The food and drink sector is deeply resilient but is experiencing severe and unprecedented inflationary […]

Incineration Residues: the dust under the carpet

New research published today by Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) finds that waste incineration generates significant quantities of hazardous and non-hazardous residues, much of which are landfilled. The study done by Equanimator Ltd  shows that municipal waste incineration generates over 12 million tons of bottom ash and around 2 million tons of air pollution control residues. Moreover, incineration and combustion of all wastes […]

EPA calls for urgent measures to tackle packaging waste

Ireland generated over one million tonnes of packaging waste in 2020, for the fourth year in a row. Ireland is continuing to achieve high levels of recycling for glass (84%), paper/cardboard (78%) and metal packaging (71%). Plastics present a serious challenge. Only 29% of plastic packaging waste was recycled in 2020, a long way off […]

ALONE releases Pre-Budget Submission amid calls to protect older people from “unsustainable” increases to cost of living

ALONE has launched its full Pre-Budget Submission and has called on Government to urgently take action for older people, saying that repeated increases in the cost of living are unsustainable and the situation is now becoming “critical” for many older people. Recent surges in the cost of energy and food, and particularly the increases from […]

National Upcycle Challenge 2022 €4,500 worth of prizes to be won

The Upcycle Challenge is an annual competition that encourages people to look at the objects around them, and give them a new lease of life. The challenge is simple; find something that is no longer in use and transform it into something new. By creating unique pieces and submitting them to the competition, the lucky winners will be in with […]

Doras Launches new Migrant Victim Support Project to Support Victims of Crime such as Racism, Trafficking and Hate Crime

Migrant and refugee support organisation Doras is launching a new Migrant Victim Support Project that will provide specialised assistance for migrant and refugee victims of crime. The launch takes place today Wednesday, August 24th from 12-1pm at Ormston House, 9-10 Patrick St. in Limerick City. The event will also be live-streamed to the Doras Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dorasIRL […]

EY Future Consumer Index: Rising cost of living forces consumers to tighten grip on finances and get creative with sustainability

Consumers prioritising affordability over sustainability for the first time since mid-pandemic in June 2021 Western markets pessimistic on future economic outlook compared to emerging markets Growing challenges for fast fashion and customer retention as 64% of consumers ignore the latest fashion trends Consumers globally are preparing to hunker down for a long financial squeeze, as […]

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