News - Irish Life Corporate Business
Irish Life, which is part of the global Great-West Lifeco group of companies, has announced today that it plans to increase its presence in Dundalk, Co. Louth, with the building of a new Irish Life Customer Centre in Finnabair Business Park. The proposed new office space reinforces the commitment that Irish Life has made to both its employees and the local community of Dundalk over many years.
- Irish Life highlights impact of Ireland’s ageing population on pensions and healthcare
- Only 28% of those working have a financial plan for retirement
- Increase in over 65s will require extra public beds equivalent to 3 new Beaumont hospitals
In 2016 the number of Irish jobs in IDA-supported companies exceeded 200,000, more even than during the Celtic Tiger period. The figures prove how critically important foreign direct investment has become to the Irish economy today, and how seriously we should take threats to our attractiveness as a location for foreign investors. The threats are there, from potential Brexit shocks to the Trump administration's policies on foreign investment, external pressure to change our tax regime and domestic issues like the housing shortage that undermine our competitiveness. In the next two years IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan wants to add another 80,000 jobs to the 200,000 already brought in by the state agency. He talks to Ciarán Hancock about the agency's achievements, the upsides and downsides of Brexit and Trump and how the IDA will navigate the choppy waters ahead.
It was an extraordinary and at times confounding year in business and the economy, even as the Irish position remained broadly positive.
On Inside Business today we look at the biggest stories of the year.
If you've shopped online and you're Irish you may be familiar with the feeling that you are being ripped off by international retailers. Geo-blocking (when you can't access a site aimed at consumers in another country) and excessive price differences are the most frequent complaints, and we Irish make more such complaints than most others, according to a report today from the European Consumer Centre.
We talk to ECC representative Martina Nee about the report's findings, and to Mark Paul and Laura Slattery about personal experiences of what Mark calls the "Paddy Levy". Have you been caught out by the levy? Email us your stories: email@example.com
Also on the podcast, we look at Minister for Housing Simon Coveney's big announcement that rent increases will be capped at 4% per year in Dublin and Cork. It seems no-one is entirely happy with the plan - but is it better than nothing? John McCartney of Savills Auctioneers, Mick Byrne of the Dublin Tenants Association and our property editor Madeline Lyons weigh in.
We are delighted to announce that Irish Life staff charities has donated a phenomenal total of €344,000 to two Irish charities in 2016. The funds have been raised through various fundraising initiatives undertaken throughout the year.
This week Laura Slattery discusses the latest on the property market with Conall Mac Coille chief economist with Davy and the rise of the superwealthy with Liam Bailey from Knight Frank.
The Irish Times broke the story about a "schism" within the Independent News & Media board that led its CEO Robert Pitt to consider his position. For more on the story this week's host Cliff Taylor talks to business affairs correspondent Mark Paul and media reporter Laura Slattery.
Then Ciara O'Brien pops in with an array of gadgets you may be tempted to splash out on, either for yourself or a loved one this Christmas. Ciara shows Cliff how to use a Virtual Reality headset and the best way to silence a blabbering Furby.
- Irish Life Corporate Business Awarded Communication Award
- Irish Life Investment Managers Awarded Passive Manager of the Year
- Setanta Asset Management Wins Equities Manager of the Year for the fifth year in a row
The Central Bank announced today that it is easing the mortgage lending rules. What will this mean for first time buyers and will supply meet increasing demand for new units? To discuss the permutations of this latest decision, Ciarán Hancock is joined in studio by Housing Studies lecturer in DIT Lorcan Sirr and Markets Correspondent Joe Brennan.
Black Friday promises deep discounts for bargain hunters in the run up to Christmas. While a a relatively new phenomenon in this country, Black Friday has had American consumers queuing outside stores for decades. Does it actually represent good value for shoppers and why are some bricks and mortar retailers less than enthused by it's growing popularity here? Our Consumer Affairs Correspondent Conor Pope, CTO with eShopWorld Colm O'Donaill and founder of Wolfgang Digital Alan Coleman offer their insight.