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The rising popularity of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin is “of great concern” according to the Central Bank’s Derville Rowland. “Crypto assets are quite a speculative, unregulated investment,” and people should be “really aware they could lose the whole of that investment,” the Central Bank’s Director General for Financial Conduct said in an interview with Bloomberg.…

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It is widely expected that the Cabinet will approve and publish the Government’s National Economic Plan next week. This will outline policies to promote the recovery of the economy and chart its future path. It is part of the Programme for Government and was originally expected in October. There was still a lot of uncertainty…

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A new survey has revealed that work-life balance is the number one well-being issue Irish employers are concerned about followed closely by mental health and burnout. The 2021 Global Well-being Survey was carried out on behalf of Aon by global market research company IPSOS. It found that 70% of employers in Ireland identified work-life balance…

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Small firms’ body ISME has accused the Government of exposing employers to potential legal action by failing to give them “robust” guidance on handling situations where employees choose not to be vaccinated. In a letter to Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar, ISME Chief Executive Neil McDonnell acknowledges the “absolute” right…

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The Registrar of Companies has extended the deadline for the filing of annual returns to 11 June. The Registrar said it has taken the decision to further extend the deadline, “in light of difficulties experienced by presenters in filing annual returns in the run up to the filing deadline.” The CRO said it is continuing…

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European Union agriculture ministers said negotiators are close to a deal that aims to reform the bloc’s huge farming subsidy programme, protect small farms and bring agriculture in line with environmental goals. The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will spend €387 billion – around a third of the EU’s 2021-2027 budget – on payments to…

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The Government will begin to look at phasing out financial pandemic supports in the final three months of the year, the Tánaiste has told colleagues. Speaking at a meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting tonight, Leo Varadkar indicated supports would remain in place throughout July, August and September. These months will be used…

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The Covid pandemic in Ireland, and indeed worldwide, has changed the way we work and ushered in a new era of hybrid working. We here at Finlay-Mulligan Accountants. have begun to embrace this new remote working reality, but is your business ready and able to offer this mix of on-site, off-site and remote working? When…

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