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Dominic Hannigan and John Lyons will enter the Dáil next week as the first ever openly-gay politicians to be elected as TDs in Ireland. The Labour Party members won seats in Meath East (Hannigan) and Dublin North West (Lyons). Today, Labour LGBT welcomed the “historic result” and thanked voters. “History was also made in the election of not one but two openly gay TDs,” said Paul McConnell, co-chair Labour LGBT. “The election of both Dominic Hannigan (Meath East) and John Lyons (Dublin North West) as TD’s for the Labour Party is a step forward for equality in Ireland and we look forward to their contributions in the Dáil.”

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UK pub group Mitchells & Butlers has announced that chairman John Lovering is to step down later this year. The company has begun its search for a successor. Lovering will remain as chairman and director until the process is complete. Lovering only took over as chairman last year. However, the group said he has overseen the company strengthen its financial position. He said, “It has been a huge privilege to be chairman of Mitchells & Butlers.  The company is now on a much firmer footing than when I joined last year. “Group profits have improved significantly in the last year thanks to our focus of switching from volume to spend…

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The latest political poll in the UK has revealed that support for the Liberal Democrat Party is at its lowest in over 10 years. Voters seem to be turning against the LibDems because of its change of position on the university fees issue. The party was formed in 1988 and today’s poll, published in The Independent, shows its worst performance in terms of popularity to date. Only 11pc of people said they would vote for the LibDems in a general election. In last May’s election, the party received 24pc of the electorate’s vote. The Labour party received 40pc of the support from survey participants, with the Conservatives following closely at…

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Regarded by many as the world’s leading negotiator, Prof Stuart Diamond has advised companies and governments on conflict resolution, and in 2008 was responsible for settling the seemingly intractable Hollywood writers’ strike. He spoke to Ann O’Dea. According to Stuart Diamond we are always negotiating, whether making a business deal, talking to friends or even driving a car. It’s the basic form of all human interaction, he says, and most of us are terrible at it. Diamond is a recognised authority on the subject: he runs the most popular course at Wharton Business School and has advised major corporations and governments on conflict resolution. In February 2008 he was called…

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Fujitsu Ireland CEO Regina Moran is upbeat about both the prospects for her organisation, and the long-term prospects for Ireland. She speaks to Grainne Rothery about leadership for success. Her concern around the impact she has on the people she works with through their day-to-day interactions says a lot about Fujitsu Ireland CEO Regina Moran and her style of leadership. Moran, who was appointed to her current role in May 2009 following the merger of the three existing Fujitsu businesses in Ireland, claims that one of the most important things she has learnt around leadership over the years is the effect leaders have on people, both positive and negative. “I’m…

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Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi addressed her supporters and the press at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy party this morning, calling for their support, and for dialogue with the generals. She told her supporters that she needs their help in her efforts to bring change to Myanmar. “I’m not going to be able to do it alone,” she said. “You’ve got to do it with me. One person alone can’t do anything as important as bringing change and democracy to a country.” She said she was willing to have a dialogue with the country’s ruling military junta. “I am for national reconciliation, I am for…

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EU Commissioner for economic and monetary affairs Olli Rehn is due to visit Ireland the week after next and will meet with Government, opposition parties and social partners to discuss the four-year economic plan. Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan confirmed that during his trip, Rehn will also assess the Government’s four-year budgetary strategy. It is understood the plan will be published shortly after this happens. Rehn arrives on November 7 and will be carrying out briefings with Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Féin spokespeople. Labour’s Joan Burton said the commissioner’s visit reflected new policy the European Commission. “Obviously as we’re now only about six weeks out to budget day, Commissioner…

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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, Talbot said, “The…

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Confidence in the future of the Service Sector in Ireland is currently the highest in the EU. That is according to the latest International Business Outlook Survey from KPMG. The most recent figures, which reflect confidence in expected performance over the next 12 months, show that sentiment regarding Irish business activity in the Service Sector is running at +47.9 – well ahead of the EU average (+33.6) and the global average (+43.9). Confidence in future activity in the Manufacturing Sector in Ireland is currently running at +45.2, broadly in line with the EU average (+44.5). Overall, the survey results suggest that expectations among the Irish business community are increasingly positive.…

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The Securities and Exchange Commission in the US has announced that it is to launch an investigation into the massive fall in US markets yesterday that saw almost 1,000 points wiped off the Dow Jones. The SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said in a statement that they are working with the other financial regulators, as well as the exchanges, “to review the unusual trading activity that took place”. “We are also working with the exchanges to take appropriate steps to protect investors pursuant to market rules. “We will make public the findings of our review along with recommendations for appropriate action,” the SEC and CFTC added. At…

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