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15 January 2019 12:19 Supermac's wins long running case against McDonalds over 'Big Mac' trademark

Supermac's has won its long running case against McDonald's to have the use of the "Big Mac" trademark cancelled throughout Europe. The European Union Intellectual Property Office has ruled that McDonald's had not proven genuine use of the contested trademark as a burger, or as a restaurant name. The Irish fast food company had claimed that McDonald's 150

15 January 2019 10:57 One-in-four Irish people unhappy in their job

Over half of Irish workers said they have not applied for a new job because they lacked confidence. New research by LinkedIn identified self-doubt as one of the main factors holding people back from a new role. 42% of professionals who were lacking confidence thought they didn’t have strong enough experience, while 40% thought that there were better 132

15 January 2019 10:24 DUP 'unable' to support May's deal because of 'toxic' Irish backstop

Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster branded the Irish border backstop "toxic" and said her party's 10 MPs would vote against the Withdrawal Agreement. Mrs Foster said on Twitter: "Tonight will be historic but for the wrong reasons. We will oppose the toxic backstop & vote against the WA. "It's time for a sensible deal which governs our exit from the EU & supports 121

15 January 2019 08:01 Children's hospital over spend having impact on rest of health service

A specialist in emergency medicine has said that the escalating cost of the National Children’s Hospital is going to have an impact on the health system for years to come. Dr Fergal Hickey, a consultant in emergency medicine in Sligo University Hospital, says that the over expenditure on the children’s hospital will have a knock on effect elsewhere in the health 128

14 January 2019 22:19 Wales forward Taulupe Faletau suffers broken arm – reports

Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau looks set to miss the Guinness Six Nations after breaking his arm again, according to reports. Faletau, a British and Irish Lion, suffered a fractured forearm playing for Bath in October and missed the autumn international series. The 28-year-old returned for his club in Saturday’s 18-16 Heineken Champions Cup win over Wasps 140

14 January 2019 18:26 Christmas spending splurge lifts grocery spend to over €10.8 billion for 2018

The five largest supermarkets tapped the lion’s share of the €10.85bn spent last year on groceries, an increase of 2.8% from 2017. The new figures from researcher Kantar Worldpanel cover the important Christmas trading period and also suggest that price inflation has re-emerged on the Irish grocery market landscape. Prices of 30,000 grocery items rose at an annual 118

14 January 2019 15:48 Harris says nurses’ strike will not be solved by ‘megaphone diplomacy’

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said the upcoming strike action by Irish nurses will not be solved by “megaphone diplomacy”. Nurses are planning to strike for 24 hours later this month over a pay dispute. Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) will take part in the action on January 30. The organisation says the decision to hold a national 76

14 January 2019 12:06 Prison site that cost the State €51m likely to be developed for housing

A site previously earmarked for the State's first 'super prison' is likely to be developed for housing. Spending on the vacant site at Thornton Hall in north County Dublin now stands at €51m since it was bought in 2005. The bulk of the site is to be offered to the new Land Development Agency to build houses, according to the Irish Times. It was set up by the Government 84

14 January 2019 10:15 Construction activity hit a four-month high in December

Construction activity growth hit a four-month high in the month of December. The latest Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Manager's Index monitors the sector's monthly performance and showed a reading of 56.3 in the final month of 2018, rising from 55.5 in November. Job creation in the sector also continued to rise for the 64th consecutive month 70

14 January 2019 08:05 Survey reveals gender divide over employee benefits

A new study has found women get less in pension benefits and bonuses at work than men. The research by Behaviour and Attitudes for Aviva shows 49% of male employees receive a pension contribution but that drops to just 39% for women. 28% of men get access to the work bonus scheme compared to 20% of women. The survey shows that more women are given the chance 77