Celtic Bookmakers closes 16 outlets; 29 shops saved

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The receiver of Celtic Bookmakers is hoping to save 29 of the 47 outlets, which were previously owned by former politician and broadcaster Ivan Yates. Yesterday, 16 of the bookies’ shops were closed. As a result, 56 jobs were lost. Four stores in Dublin were closed, along with others in Kilkenny, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Kerry, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Roscommon. The outlets will reopen for one day next week to pay out on all bets. The remaining 29 are for sale and receive Hughes Blake is seeking expressions of interest. Neil Hughes, the receiver, is selling the fully-fitted and staffed stores as going concerns. About 44 expressions of interest have…

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Cardinal ups bid for EBS to over €600m

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As final bids for EBS Building Society are being completed by the two remaining bidders – a private equity consortium led by Dublin firm Cardinal and Irish Life & Permanent – it has emerged that Cardinal has increased its offer and said its initial cash injection will be over €600m. Previously, the Cardinal consortium had offered to inject €525m in cash into the troubled lender. The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) is handling the sale said the two final bids had been received ahead of yesterday’s headline. Currently, EBS is state-controlled following €875m of State funding being used to rescue the lender. However, a further €438m is needed by the…

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Tesco’s Christmas relied on international sales

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It may not have been a very merry Christmas for British retailers Tesco were it not for the success of its international stores. The world’s no. 3 retailer made progress in the six weeks to January 8 with group sales increasing by 7.6pc. However, the majority of this growth came from sources outside of Ireland and the UK. Total international sales over the period grew at 14.2pc, with strong performances in Asia, Europe and the United States. Chief executive Terry Leahy said, “The group has continued to make good progress, helped by strong growth across our international businesses, which delivered over half of the group’s growth.” The supermarket giant said its…

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Irish Gov against EU tax reforms

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Government’s Warning on Proposed Taxation Rules The Government has warned the European Commission that the proposed introduction of rules on the taxation of business profits will damage Ireland’s economic recovery. Ireland told the Commission that if the pan-European rules went through then the country faces further tax increases and public spending cuts. EU’s Plan for European-wide Tax Calculation Formula The Irish Times reports today that the EU plans to draft legislation in March for European-wide formula to calculate corporation tax. Ireland has been a popular location for international corporations because of its generous tax regime but any EU-wide changes could dim its attractiveness. Submission of Private Document to Taxation Commissioner…

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Murex announces 30 new jobs

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Financial software firm Murex has announced it is to create 30 new jobs in Dublin as part of an expansion plan. The new positions will be created by the French company over the next three years in software development, business development and consulting. Murex, which arrived in Dublin 11 years ago, already employs 60 workers in south Dublin. The company said it is seeking workers with a combination of degree and masters qualifications in maths, engineering and computer science. The investment is supported by IDA Ireland. Managing director of Murex, Francois Pourprix, said, “The success of Murex’s Irish operation to date has led to this further expansion being announced today.…

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UK to investigate Ryanair’s Aer Lingus stake

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The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in the UK has said it is not too late to examine Ryanair’s 2006 purchase of a stake in rival airline Aer Lingus. The OFT confirmed yesterday that it wrote to Ryanair informing it was “in time” to review the purchase of its minority stake. Ryanair said it intends to appeal the decision and maintains the OFT are “out of time” in enquiring the matter. The EU Competition Commissioner has already investigated the matter and confirmed that Ryanair would not have to divest its shareholding since it is not a controlling stake. Ryanair does not have “decisive influence” over Aer Lingus, it also said.…

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2010 a record year for Ryanair

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Budget airline Ryanair has announced today that record numbers of passengers travelled on its services during 2010. In a statement today, Ryanair said its traffic grew by 10pc from 65 million passengers to 72 million. In August, a monthly record was set when more than 7.7 million passengers flew with the airline. However, the company’s busiest day was recorded on July 30 when more than 1,400 flights carried over 255,000 people. Spokesman for the firm, Daniel de Carvalho said the airline’s success could be attributed to its punctuality, as well as its lowest lost luggage performance.

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Anglo Probe Leads to Four Complaints

Sean Fitzpatrick, former Anglo Irish Bank chairman and CEO and David Drumm

Formal complaints against former Anglo Irish Bank chairman and CEO Sean Fitzpatrick and David Drumm are to go to an accountancy watchdog’s disciplinary committee. Following an investigation for the Chartered Accountants Regulatory Board by former Comptroller and Auditor General John Purcell, the two men face complaints, along with the bank’s former finance director Willie McAteer and Irish Life & Permanent’s former finance director Peter Fitzpatrick. Purcell looked at transactions by Irish Life & Permanent to Anglo which improved the bank’s accounts. He found that there was a prima facie case against all four men concerning these deposits. He found no case against the men for the loan taken by ten…

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Goodman Medical to create 115 Galway jobs

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New positions in manufacturing, sales and marketing and research and development will be created in Galway as a result of a €1.1m investment by Goodman Medical Ireland. The medical devices firm announced the 115 high-end jobs today, stating they would be created over the next five years in the Mervue Business Park in Galway city. Recruitment has already begun for the manufacturing positions. The medical group was set up in 2004 in Ireland and currently employs 56 people. It manufactures cardiology products, such as catheters and bare metal stents. The €1.1m investment is supported by IDA Ireland. The Galway operations will be the firm’s sales and marketing centre for the…

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Major shops to open on St. Stephen’s Day

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After a tough year, retailers are hoping that they will receive a boost by opening on St. Stephen’s Day. Major shops in the country’s cities will re-open on December 26, after taking just one day off for the Christmas holiday. The decision was taken by most retailers after the success of last year’s experiment. In Dublin, Clery’s, Arnotts, Brown Thomas and Debenhams will all open their doors on St. Stephen’s Day, kicking off their sales a day earlier than tradition. Budget fashion retailer Penneys will also open its main stores in Dundrum, O’Connell Street and Mary Street. Marks & Spencer has bucked the trend and will not reopen until December…

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