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Murtagh-backed waterless car-washing business sees demand soar along with temperatures

Murtagh-backed waterless car-washing business sees demand soar along with temperatures

Just like an ill wind, the drought has brought some good for one businessman – Emmet O‘Brien of waterless car-washing company, No-H20. The business, in which Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh invested €400,000 last year, has seen sales in Ireland grow by over 20pc in the past eight weeks. The car-wash service uses a biodegradable liquid cleaner, and the company […]

How a simple selfie could speed up travellers‘ border crossings

How a simple selfie could speed up travellers‘ border crossings

Long lines due to processing times at foreign airports and other border entry points are the big bugbear of any well-travelled executive. You‘re low-risk, you‘ve been to the country many times for business, yet there‘s a sense of deja vu every time you encounter an immigration or customs official. One UK company believes it has the answer, and is keen […]

Twitter and Facebook‘s accounts purge is as much about PR as fighting the fakes

Twitter and Facebook‘s accounts purge is as much about PR as fighting the fakes

I lost 120 Twitter followers overnight last week. US President Donald Trump lost 340,000, the New York Times 732,000, former US President Barack Obama three million or so. Even Twitter‘s CEO, Jack Dorsey, lost 200,000 in his company‘s much-hyped crackdown on dubious accounts. But what looks like a major purge is more like a PR onslaught, as Twitter and try […]

EU in WTO bid to appease Trump and ease tensions

EU in WTO bid to appease Trump and ease tensions

The European Commission has proposed ways to resolve the Trump administration‘s concerns over the functioning of the World Trade Organisation, in a bid to avert a looming crisis that could undermine the WTO‘s ability to arbitrate trade disputes. “The dispute settlement function of the WTO is at grave danger, and swift action by members is needed to preserve it,” according […]

Backbench TD does himself no favours taking compensation claim for a ‘very minor‘ injury

Backbench TD does himself no favours taking compensation claim for a ‘very minor‘ injury

Predictably, there has been a backlash against the whiplash claim made by Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell. The Dublin Fingal politician was awarded €2,500 in damages following a collision with a rental van that left him with “very minor” injuries, according to the judge. The taking of the case raises serious questions about Mr Farrell‘s judgment, given the insurance crisis […]

Dell to bring women‘s funding event to Dublin

Dell to bring women‘s funding event to Dublin

Dell Women‘s Entrepreneur Network (Dwen) is to bring a global funding event to Ireland next year after a survey found Dublin ranked relatively poorly for female entrepreneurs. Last year Dublin ranked 34th out on 50 on the annual Dell Women Entrepreneur Cities (WE Cities) Index – the only global gender-specific index that looks at a city‘s ability to attract and […]

The IMF sees property and tax as potential threats

The IMF sees property and tax as potential threats

It doesn‘t seem that long since I wrote about the IMF coming to Ireland but, sacre bleu, that was a year ago and they‘ve been again and recently published their report. They welcomed Ireland‘s continued strong economic growth which they say lead to a rapid reduction in unemployment and strengthened public and private balance sheets. But they continued: “While the […]