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State aid package needed to mitigate Brexit – Ibec

The CEO of a major Irish business group has called for a state aid package for Irish business to mitigate the “risk of a divisive, damaging Brexit divorce”. Responding to the triggering of Article 50 by the UK on Wednesday, Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said the UK was “crashing out of the EU without a new trade deal or transitional ...

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€100k Cantina opens at Thomond Park

Cantina, the authentic Mexican street food experience by Topaz, has opened just opposite Thomond Park in Co Limerick. The store involved a €100,000 investment and the creation of six new jobs, and the opening was attended by Alan Quinlan, Munster Rugby legend and Cantina brand ambassador. Cantina Thomond Park is the fourth outlet to open and the first outside Dublin. The ...

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Karro Group bought for undisclosed sum

The Irish owners of major pig processors the Karro Group have sold the operation to a major private equity firm. Karro Food Group, formerly owned by Irish investment firm Endless LLP, received an offer by London-based investment firm CapVest, thought to be in the region of £180m. Headquartered in Malton, Yorkshire, the group operates a major plant in Cookstown which ...

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Suresite added as latest Awards sponsor

Card services specialist Suresite has joined as one of the official sponsors of Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Awards. The high-profile company is sponsoring the Training Initiative of the Year category at this year’s awards, which take place on September 6, 2017. Suresite is a UK-based card services and risk management company with over 20 years of experience. The Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Awards is a ...

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Tesco strikes hit performance

Strikes at a number of Tesco stores in Ireland have impacted the retailer’s performance, fresh data suggests. According to Kantar Worldpanel’s supermarket share figures, covering the 12 weeks ending 26 February 2017, Tesco sales have dropped 1% following 11 days of industrial action by staff. Although the strikes affected only eight stores, Kantar Ireland director David Berry said “there was ...

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Irish grocery spending among best in Europe

Irish grocery spending has increased year-on-year for the seventh consecutive quarter, making it one of the most improved in Europe. The level of spend on Irish grocery increased 2.1% in the last three months of 2016 compared to the same period of 2015. The 2.1% rise was based on a 1.5% increase in the volume of groceries purchased and a 0.6% ...

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Moy Park to ‘Rule the Roost’ with Saturday night gameshow

Leading poultry brand Moy Park is to hold a Saturday night gameshow on its Facebook channel to find out who ‘Rules the Roost’ in Irish family households. The gameshow format will target families in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and will be presented by radio and TV presenter Hector Ó hEochagáin and RTÉ’s Mairead Ronan. The gameshow, which ...

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Smooch added as 2017 awards sponsor

Popular Irish ice-cream brand Smooch is now official sponsor of the Forecourt of the Year Category 2 Award at the 2017 Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Awards. Smooch, an ice-cream brand owned and operated by the Dairyglen company, has become a firm favourite throughout Ireland, and has proven to be a big hit on forecourts and convenience stores. The Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Awards ...

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Top Oil unveiled as 2017/18 fuel sponsors of Sligo Rovers FC

Irish fuel supplier Top Oil is continuing its sponsorship of Sligo Rovers FC as official fuel sponsor. The two-year sponsorship agreement was announced at a launch event attended by Sligo Rovers FC team stars Raffaelle Cretaro and Michael Schlingermann. The partnership will see Top Oil get behind the ‘Bit O’Red’ team as they battle it out in the SSE Airtricity ...

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Parcel Motel announced as ‘Best Food to Go’ sponsors

Innovative Irish delivery company Parcel Motel is now official sponsor of the ‘Best Food to Go’ category at the 2017 Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Awards. Parcel Motel is a new, bold and convenient way to simplify online shopping. Part of the Nightline group – Ireland’s largest parcel carrier – it has built a reputation as a reliable and trustworthy delivery company ...

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Topaz and McDonald’s to serve up 230 jobs in Carlow and Fermoy

Fuel and convenience retailer Topaz is to create 230 jobs in conjunction with McDonald’s, across two Motorway Service Areas in Carlow and Fermoy. The sites will be located on the M8 Cork/Dublin Road in Fermoy and the M9 Dublin/Waterford Road at Rathcrogue, Co Carlow. Topaz said an additional 100 jobs will be created across both sites during the construction phase. ...

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Top Oil reveals Sirio Retail appointments

Top Oil has recently announced senior appointments at its company-owned division, Sirio Retail Operations Limited. The company has announced Enda McEntire as Project Manager, Sarah Corrigan as Fresh Food Manager, and Pauline Casey as Human Resources Manager for Sirio’s retail division. Enda McEntire, Project Manager, has over 10 years’ extensive industry experience in project management, project engineering and scheduling. Enda, a native of Stillorgan, Dublin, will ...

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