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16 February 2018 17:41 You won't be able to buy a petrol or diesel car in Ireland after 2030

NCT certs will not be issued for non-zero emissions cars. THE HUMBLE PETROL and diesel car will have seen its last days in Ireland if the Project Ireland 2040 plan comes true. The plan, announced today, commits a total of €22 billion to climate action, with the bulk of that – €13.7 billion – being spent on energy investment. A further €3 billion will go towards 11

16 February 2018 02:57 ‘Banks don’t need permission to sell houses to vulture funds’

It claims that banks do not need the consent of the finance minister to offload properties. Tánaiste Simon Coveney has told the Dáil that Permanent TSB has been forced to sell 20,000 homes to vulture funds, as its non-performing loan ratio is one of the highest in the eurozone. PTSB, which is 75% owned by the State, is moving to sell a €4bn portfolio 4

15 February 2018 01:08 Rural pubs’ survival fears revealed in new report

Pubs in rural areas have to turn over at least €8,000 per week or they may not survive, according to a new report. AIB’s Pubs Outlook report for 2018 found the industry, which employs 230,000 people, is on the road to recovery with significant demand for pubs in key urban areas. Tony Morrissey, managing director of pub specialist auctioneering firm Morrissey’s 3

12 February 2018 12:45 Dunnes is still Ireland's most popular supermarket

We’re also buying more vegetarian and vegan foods. SALES OF BRANDED goods in Irish supermarkets have climbed 4% year-on-year, the first time in four years that they have shown stronger growth than own-brand competitors. The sales figures are carried in the latest Kantar Worldpanel market share results, which show that Dunnes Stores remains Ireland’s 3

26 January 2018 18:00 A worker sacked after making a discrimination claim has been awarded €25,000

Katarzyna Woznickzka worked for Couverture, a Dublin desserts company. WORKERS MUST BE protected from retaliatory acts of penalisation from companies when they make a complaint to the authorities. That is according to the Labour Court which has ordered food firm Couverture Ltd to pay €25,000 compensation to a female worker it dismissed the same day it received 6

24 January 2018 21:50 Pope Francis warns against 'fake news' and compares it to the story of Adam and Eve

Fake news was popularised as a phrase by Donald Trump. POPE FRANCIS HAS warned against the temptation of fake news, drawing a parallel between ethically compromised journalism and the biblical tale of Adam, Eve, the snake and the forbidden fruit. In his annual World Communication Day message held on the feast day of Francis de Sales, the patron saint 8

19 January 2018 00:00 Car scrappage case sent to arbitration

A man, who claims he was misled about his right to avail of Nissan’s ‘Massive €4,000 Scrappage Offer,’ has been told by a judge he must pursue any perceived grievance through arbitration, rather than the courts. William Maughan, of Mount Dutton Close, Oldcastle, Co Meath, told the Circuit Civil Court, yesterday, that he had attended Cavan Motors Ltd, a Nissan 2

15 January 2018 13:19 Irish people spent a record amount of money on their Christmas grocery shop last year

We spent €13 million more on alcohol compared to last year. IRISH PEOPLE SPENT an extra €90 million on their Christmas grocery shopping last year, a new report has found. Over the Christmas period, the average household spent a record €1,532 on groceries – an increase of €38 compared to last year, according to figures released by research body Kantar 6

10 January 2018 15:15 Fire and Fury sold 250k digital copies

MICHAEL WOLFF’S FIRE and Fury sold more than 29,000 hardcover copies in its first week of publication in the USA. The NBD BookScan numbers don’t include e-books – according to Macmillan CEO John Sargent, digital sales already top 250,000 copies, an extraordinary number for a nonfiction release and likely boosted by the scarcity of the hardcover edition 3

26 December 2017 18:05 Panic on London's main shopping street amid inaccurate reports of shots fired

Police say that one woman was injured. POLICE IN LONDON say that there is nothing to indicate that any shots have been fired after panic broke out on Oxford Street. The street was busy as the the Boxing Day sales kicked off in the English capital. Witnesses described scenes of panic and a window in a House of Fraser store was broken as people fled. A statement 9