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Kilkenny Group is creating 60 new jobs in its shops throughout the country and its online store. The new positions will bring the number of staff employed in the Irish-owned, family-run company to 265. Kilkenny Group has opened four new stores since last year and plans to open a further three by the end of next year. Just recently it opened an outlet on Grafton Street in Dublin. It has also invested significantly in the expansion and relaunch of its online offering. According to chief executive officer Marian O’Gorman, Irish consumers are recognising the importance of buying Irish and there has never been a greater need to support indigenous craft…

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Seán Quinn Jnr was released from prison today and a High Court hearing of contempt proceedings against his father Séan Quinn Snr was adjourned for two weeks. Justice Elizabeth Dunne said it was not a matter for the court to decide on Quinn Jnr’s release time – it was up to the prison authorities. He was released from Mountjoy shortly after the hearing, having served three months. Meanwhile, a new legal team asked the court for more time to prepare a defence for Seán Quinn Snr. Lawyers for IBRC told the court there had still been no meaningful co-operation from him to comply with court orders to reverse the asset-stripping…

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NDRC Inventorium and IIA initiative to accelerate 20 SMEs into online trading

Banks are under-utilising a vital new source of revenue growth as many have been slow to respond to the digital innovations, according to Ciarán Kelly, financial services partner, PwC, who addressed the Irish Banking Federation Conference this week. This is despite strong digital awareness and usage among bank customers and the fact that they have shown a willingness to pay for these, he said. Speaking at the conference, Kelly said: “Given the pressures the financial crisis has had on the banking sector, banks have understandably been slow to embrace the digital innovation customers now expect.  Social media is changing customer relationships and is an irreversible cultural change.  Customers are using…

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Attitudes towards women in technology are changing rapidly and female participation continues to increase in this sector in Ireland, a briefing heard today. The Connecting Women in Technology (CWIT) breakfast briefing took place at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, involving more than 200 women working in the technology sector. Set up in 2009, CWIT is a collaborative initiative of senior women from Ernst & Young, HP, Microsoft, Accenture, Google, Facebook, Dell and IBM which aims to attract more women to the sector. Marie Treacy, partner at Ernst & Young hosted the event and guest speakers included Triona Campbell, beActive International and Regina Moran, Fijitsu Ireland. “The recent establishment by Enterprise…

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Ulster Bank has appointed a receiver to Glencullen Holdings, which operates the two car dealerships Bill Cullen had left, in Swords and Liffey Valley in Dublin. Reported to owe the bank around €12m, the two dealerships employ 45 people and Cullen said they had dropped 70pc in value over the past two years. Falling car sales and other factors led to the end of the road for Cullen, who has been in the motor trade for 55 years and went on to be the front man for the TV3 series ‘The Apprentice’. Cullen lost the Renault dealership last August, having held the national franchise for the French carmaker from 1986…

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Former Anglo executives sent forward for trial

Former Anglo Irish Bank executives Seán FitzPatrick, Willie McAteer and Pat Whelan were today sent forward for trial at the Circuit Criminal Court on charges of providing unlawful financial assistance to 16 individuals in July 2008. The former chairman, finance director and managing director were served the books of evidence during the hearing at the Criminal Courts of Justice. They were charged, indicted and released on bail last July following a three-and-a-half year investigation by detectives from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation into alleged financial irregularities at Anglo Irish Bank. The three were today remanded on continuing bail to appear again at the next sitting of the Circuit Criminal…

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Generic pharmaceutical company Aspen has announced its decision to make Dublin its centre of excellence for a range of global and EMEA activities and to create an additional 44 high quality jobs bringing its total workforce in Ireland to 58. The investment, which is being supported by the IDA, was announced this morning by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD. The company first established an operation in Ireland in 2010 and this has now become Aspen’s European marketing and supply chain headquarters. In addition, the company is now establishing a global regulatory, pharmacovigilance, quality assurance and supply projects centre of excellence in Citywest.. Aspen is one of the…

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Sysco Corporation has acquired the food service division of Keelings’ group, which specialises in fresh produce, employs 160 and has operations based in Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Wexford. Reporting through Pallas Foods , the business will retain its existing brand identity and management team.  All employees will remain with the business. The wider Keelings Group , headquartered in North County Dublin, has operations in Ireland, the UK, Europe and Asia. Keelings is a fresh produce specialist and is the largest grower of fruit in Ireland. The Keelings Group will continue to operate its retail, market, international and solutions divisions. Tim Geary, Chairman of Pallas Foods, said: “Keelings’ food services’ business is a strong entity…

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Primark opens first Austrian store in Innsbruck

Primark has today opened its first store in Austria. This is the company’s 50th store outside Ireland and the UK and brings its total number to 246. The company also has stores in Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Germany and Belgium. Located at the Sillpark Shopping Centre in Innsbruck, the new store covers 40,000 square feet and will employ 250 people. Primark will open two stores next week, the first in Thanet in the UK on Monday 1 October and the other in Zaragoza, Spain on Thursday 4 October. Grainne Rothery

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Boston based marketing software provider HubSpot is opening a European headquarters in Dublin next January which will create 150 new jobs. Its first-ever branch office, it will oversee all international operations, supporting more than 600 customers and 100 resellers. The new jobs in Dublin will be in sales, marketing, account management and support. HubSpot serves nearly 8,000 customers in 56 countries with 30pc of inbound sales leads originating outside the US. Its international business is growing 200pc per year, and HubSpot projects that 20pc of its revenue will come from its global market within the next three years. “The market for our software outside the US is several times the…

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