President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins ceremonial planting of a native Irish oak tree to commemorate Ireland’s launch of International year of Plant Health IYPH 2020 in Dublin’s Phoenix Park

Pictured with President Michael D. Higgins, are Andrew Doyle, Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, with Molly Keenan aged 11, with her sister Rhona aged 7 Today President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins planted a Native “Sessile Oak” tree in the Phoenix Park to commemorate Ireland’s launch of International Year of Plant Health 2020.…

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., Tánaiste Simon Coveney T.D. and Minister David Stanton T.D. announce a significant Decade of Centenaries programme for 2020

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D. today announced a significant Decade of Centenaries programme in 2020, including a major commemorative programme in remembrance of the significant events that occurred in Cork City and throughout the county in 1920. Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton, T.D.  also…

Emily O’Reilly re-elected European Ombudsman

Emily O’Reilly and Presidnet Sassoli   On Wednesday, Emily O’Reilly (Ireland) was elected European Ombudsman for the 2019-2024 parliamentary term. She was backed by 320 MEPs in a secret plenary vote. The Ombudsman conducts inquiries into cases of maladministration by EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies, acting on their own initiative or on the basis…

Ireland Ratifies EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement

On 3 December 2019, following the approval of Dáil Éireann, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, T.D., confirmed Ireland’s ratification of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Armenia.   Welcoming Ireland’s ratification the Tánaiste said, “I am delighted to confirm Ireland’s ratification…

Minister of State Cannon announces new fellowships under Ireland’s Fellowship Programme for Small Island Developing States

The Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon, T.D., has announced a scholarship programme to assist future leaders from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to study in Ireland. The programme is one of a number of commitments set out in the Government’s Strategy for Partnership with Small Island Developing States, launched…

Future growth slows on capacity constraints – Ibec

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today published its new Quarterly Economic Outlook Q4 2019, which forecasts GDP growth of 3.1% in 2020. The Outlook says that while the Irish economy has experienced several years of strong growth, significant capacity constraints right across the economy are now impacting companies’ enlargement plans and limiting the potential for economic expansion. As a result, we are likely to…

Government approves key design features of first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) auction 30% Increase in Renewables Expected in Round One

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, T.D. today (Monday the 2nd of December) announced details of the first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) auction which has received Government approval. The Climate Action Plan, published in June of this year, is the Government’s plan to give Irish people a cleaner, safer and more sustainable future. The…

94% of professionals believe salaries in their business will increase in 2020 – Recruiters.ie

Recruiters.ie surveyed more than 1,000 professionals across various industries in Ireland as part of its 2020 Salary Predictions Guide. Visit: recruiters.ie/salary-guide-2020/ for more information.   According to the Recruiters.ie 2020 Business Outlook Survey, only 6% of respondents believe there will be no salary increases in their business in 2020. At a department level, 89% of…