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Fast food chains have temporarily closed their restaurants

By Peter Dlhopolec / March 23, 2020

Costa Coffee and Starbucks have taken the same step due to COVID-19.  Several big fast food and coffee chains, including McDonald’s, have decided to suspend their operation amid the COVID-19 outbreak. South African chain Nando’s closed its restaurants on March 22 until further notice saying the health and safety of its employees and customers is […]

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National minimum wage increased by 30 cent from February

By Peter Dlhopolec / February 11, 2020

The hourly national minimum wage exceeded €10 on February 1.    As in previous years, the government has decided to increase the national minimum wage, this time by 30 cent an hour. From February 1, the national minimum wage will increase to €10.10. This results from strong growth in earnings across the economy in 2019. […]

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Ireland has found its most expensive streets to live on

By Peter Dlhopolec / December 16, 2019

Ireland’s most expensive property market is in Dublin 6. The property website Daft.ie has published its second part of the 2019 Wealth Report, analysing the expensive Ireland property market, including the most affluent streets. Areas around Dublin remain the most expensive as regards to housing prices in Ireland, with Mount Merrion, Dalkey and Sandycove being […]

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Transport Department to invest €1 billion in rail network

By Peter Dlhopolec / December 12, 2019

Transport Department to invest €1 billion in rail network, buying new rail cars as more passengers use the rail network. Ireland’s rail network will hopefully improve after the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport announced its five-year programme, based on which €1 billion will be invested in the rail infrastructure. “The Exchequer funding that is […]

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Juneyao Air will fly between Dublin and Shanghai from 2020

By Peter Dlhopolec / December 2, 2019

Juneyao Air flights from Dublin to China’s largest city will launch in March 2020. Chinese airliner Juneyao Air will launch bi­-weekly flights between Dublin and China’s largest city, Shanghai,  on March 29. “We see strong demand for travel between Ireland and Shanghai, and we are sure that this new service will grow the market by […]

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Mobile phone plans in Ireland compared

By Emma Grove / November 26, 2019

When comparing mobile phone plans in Ireland, between regional coverage, fair usage, prepay or bill pay, there’s much to consider. Here’s a guide to help! Have you just arrived and are looking for mobile phone plans in Ireland? Or maybe you’re looking to switch providers? With nine mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) each offering a […]

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Dunnes dominates Ireland’s grocery market

By Peter Dlhopolec / November 20, 2019

A total of five retail chains share out the grocery market in Ireland. Although Dunnes and SuperValu are the biggest Irish grocery market chains in Ireland, it is non-Irish retailers that have most increased their sales in the last 12 weeks to early November 2019. The latest data by Kantar also shows that people hit […]

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FAQs: Opening a bank account in Ireland

By Peter Dlhopolec / November 18, 2019

Choosing the right bank may be a struggle no matter where you reside. The following 15+1 questions may, however, help you find the right bank in Ireland to have a bank account open. Before you decide to open an account at a bank in this country, consider several things first: What services you will use […]

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