Almost 70pc of jobseekers view emigration as a positive step – survey

Almost 70pc of jobseekers view emigration as a positive step

Almost 70pc of jobseekers view emigration as a positive step – survey A new survey commissioned by Jobs Expo 2013 has found that almost 70pc of active jobseekers view emigration as a positive step. The survey also found that over half of respondents believe the Government’s JobBridge scheme to be ineffective and a further 67pc have no confidence in the Government’s current job creation strategies. Jobs Expo 2013 is taking place in Croke Park in Dublin on Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 February. “The fact that the majority of jobseekers surveyed view emigration as a positive rather than a negative is indicative of the changing perception of emigration,” said Beth Rees,…

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Taxback.com’s Terry Clune is Entrepreneur of the Year

Terry Clune, who established global income tax service firm T axback.com in 1996, was last night named Ernst &Young; Entrepreneur of the Year at Dublin’s City West Hotel. Taxback.com provides international tax, finance and travel consultancy services to clients in over 100 countries. The company has 600 staff in 17 countries processing 130,000 tax refunds, 30,000 visas and 60,000 international money transfers annually. Taxback.com recently opened an office in Haiti, supported by Denis O’Brien’s company Digicel. From its office in the Digicel building in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, the company’s 24 new staff will provide tax documentation assistance to customers largely in North America. Also featuring in last night’s awards was the Clonmel-based…

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Chambers ask for income tax details

Ireland ranked eighth in world in terms of openness to trade Ian Talbot

Ian Talbot, chief executive of Chambers Ireland The waiting period before the budget announcement is impeding both business and consumer sentiment, says Chambers Ireland , as it calls for immediate access to personal income tax changes. Chambers Ireland , which represents 13,000 Irish businesses, said today that if significant changes are to apply to levies and other taxes, then businesses should be informed now. Chief executive Ian Talbot said it is unreasonable to expect employers to wait until December 7 to assess and plan for revised payroll processes. “They need adequate time to test and implement payroll software solutions for these changes in a timely and cost effective manner,” he said. Commenting on the imminent Budget,…

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Cork school team wins national CanSat competition

A team of students from Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál in Blarney, Co Cork have won the 2015 Esero Ireland – CEIA National CanSat competition and will go on to represent Ireland at the European CanSat final in Portugal in June of this year. Eight teams from schools across Ireland took part in this space project to create a CanSat – a simulation of a real satellite which fits into the volume of a soft drinks can. At the final in Birr, Co Offaly, teams launched their CanSats using a quadcopter and a rocket (built by the Irish Rocketry Society), which after release at high altitudes, returned to earth safely using…

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Paul Reid appointed MD of Pfizer Healthcare Ireland

Paul Reid appointed MD of Pfizer Healthcare

Paul Reid has been appointed as managing director of Pfizer Healthcare Ireland, which is responsible for commercialising medicines in the field of inflammation, oncology, vaccines, haemophilia, pain and infective diseases. Reid has over 18 years of pharmaceutical experience, 12 of these at Pfizer where he has held a number of different roles in sales and marketing, including sales director/head of learning and development and marketing director. Before joining Pfizer, he worked with Aventis Pharma, Nutricia Ireland and Rowa Pharmaceuticals. He has a bachelor of science (management) from Trinity College Dublin and a marketing degree from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). The pharmaceutical industry is facing a number of challenges and…

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CoderDojo announces winners of Coolest Project Awards 2014

Magnus Ternsjö, CEO of UPC Ireland

CoderDojo announces winners of Coolest Project Awards 2014Pictured: Magnus Ternsjö, CEO of UPC Ireland Coding whizzkids came in their droves to DCU over the weekend to demo an array of cool and imaginative coding ideas at the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards 2014 ceremony. The top prizes were awarded to an e-car charger locator app, a wild western game, and Camera selfies, a website which allows you to share selfies at large events. The Coolest Projects Awards, now in their third year, were an opportunity for members of local coding clubs or dojos to showcase the application of the skills and knowledge they have gained from attending their weekly coding sessions. The event saw 250 projects being…

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Ryanair’s former COO and deputy chief executive Michael Cawley joins airline’s board as NED

Ryanair's former COO and deputy chief executive Michael Cawley

Ryanair’s former COO and deputy chief executive Michael Cawley joins airline’s board as NEDPictured: Michael Cawley Former Ryanair deputy CEO and chief operating officer Michael Cawley has today been appointed to the airline’s board. Cawley worked for Ryanair for 17 years until he retired in March 2014. He is also a non-executive director of Paddy Power and Kingspan Group and chairman of Failte Ireland. “I am delighted that Michael has accepted our invitation to join the board of Ryanair,” said Ryanair chairman David Bonderman. “His experience, skills, and in-depth knowledge of the industry will be of great benefit to the board and we all look forward to working closely with…

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National CSR plan launched

A new national plan on corporate social responsibility over the next three years was launched today by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton. According to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the new plan – Good for Business, Good for the Community – supports one of its key objectives, which is to make Ireland the best small country in which to do business. Specific measures in the plan include: Establish a stakeholder forum to support the development of CSR in Ireland, in the first half of 2014;Establish a baseline of CSR activity in Ireland, through the National Standards Association of Ireland;Work with stakeholders to raise awareness of CSR and support best practice CSR;Explore how…

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Desi Dobreva – The Branding Queen (Must Follow)

Desi Dobreva – The Branding Queen Desi Dobreva is a professional creative, specializing in content creation, social media, PR and helping your business reach rock star status. She can be found on a plane, writing the night away, standing up for animal rights or hugging her sloth. Business and Leadership sat down with “The Branding Queen” to talk about being an entrepreneur, growing a team, and fighting mediocrity and creating big wins for her clients’ businesses. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up and in what ways does that relate to what you do now? Words and stories have captivated me ever since I…

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Low Levels of Trust: Irish Business & Government – Edelman Trust Barometer

Less than 10pc of the general public believes a business or government leader will actually tell the truth when confronted with a difficult issue, according to the 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer, which was published this morning. The survey also found that both business and government (the system of government rather than a particular administration) in Ireland remain severely distrusted with only one-third of people prepared to say they trust business and slightly less than a quarter trusting the government. Trust in government remained largely stable over the year after rising (15 percentage points) the previous year, according to the survey. Banking (15pc) and financial services (18pc) remain the least trusted industry sectors in Ireland,…

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