Andrew Fanning

Andrew Fanning

Services surge signals strong economic growth

Services surge signals strong economic growth

New orders rose at the quickest pace for five months, with firms reporting higher demand and improved economic conditions

Brexit still a drag on car sales despite May pick-up

Brexit still a drag on car sales despite May pick-up

SIMI director general Brian Cooke said its figures showed an improvement on May of last year, but added that sales overall this year had been disappointing

May factory growth slowest since Brexit vote

May factory growth slowest since Brexit vote

Weaker demand and unwinding of Brexit stockpiling brought manufacturing index to lowest level since July 2016

Spend more on R&D, Enterprise Ireland warns firms

Spend more on R&D, Enterprise Ireland warns firms

Brexit has already had a negative impact on 40 per cent of its exporting companies, with the figure rising to 60 per cent in the food sector, according to a survey by the state agency

Tourism growth 'not being felt evenly'

Tourism growth 'not being felt evenly'

Tourism Ireland has urged caution despite new figures showing a solid increase in trips to Ireland for the first four months and a pick-up in British visitors

Only 20 per cent of directors at big Irish firms are women

Only 20 per cent of directors at big Irish firms are women

The Gender Balance in Business survey, carried out for the first time this year, provides figures on gender representation at large companies – those with more than 250 employees

OECD calls for bigger property tax take

OECD calls for bigger property tax take

The OECD lowered its growth forecast for the world economy this year from 3.3 per cent to 3.2 per cent, mainly due to the effect of trade tensions on trade levels and investment

INIS delays cause 'stress' to non-EU students

INIS delays cause 'stress' to non-EU students

An ESRI study on behalf of the European Migration Network has shown that the number of non-EEA students coming to Ireland jumped by 45 per cent to 13,500 between 2013 and 2017

Brexit breather puts spring in retailers' step

Brexit breather puts spring in retailers' step

Retail Ireland said the value of sales grew by 4.7 per cent in the first three months of 2019 compared with a year earlier, helped by this year’s milder weather

EU launches Insurance Ireland competition probe

EU launches Insurance Ireland competition probe

The probe will look at whether the organisation’s Insurance Link database may be restricting competition in the motor insurance market

Key civil servant called broadband plan a 'leap of fath'

Key civil servant called broadband plan a 'leap of fath'

In advice published by the government, Robert Watt said the state would be asked to bear an 'unprecedented risk' if the project were approved

Insurance sector 'woeful' on diversity, says regulator

Insurance sector 'woeful' on diversity, says regulator

Ed Sibley told Insurance Ireland’s annual lunch that, unlike many other sectors, insurance had 'gone backwards' in 2018

Government backs 'transformative' broadband plan

Government backs 'transformative' broadband plan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar defended the cost, saying that in ten years' time people would not be asking about the price, but wondering 'why we didn't do it sooner'

Trade turmoil forces EU to trim forecasts

Trade turmoil forces EU to trim forecasts

Despite solid growth, the European Commission warned that Ireland’s outlook was 'clouded by uncertainty', particularly about Brexit and potential changes in the international tax regime

Slower services growth as new business loses momentum

Slower services growth as new business loses momentum

The fall in the AIB Services PMI was mainly due to a slowdown in new business growth, which was the weakest in two and a half years