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Ireland falls six places in world competitiveness rankings

Minister for Business has expressed her disappointment after Ireland fell six places in the latest IMD World Competitiveness Rankings. Ireland is now ranked 12 in the world for competitiveness, down from sixth position last year. “After several years of improvement, the decline in Ireland‘s overall ranking in this year’s IMD publication is disappointing,” Minister Humphreys said. “What it tells us […]

Fans would like permanent George Michael memorial, says Andrew Ridgeley

George Michael’s ex-bandmate, Andrew Ridgeley, has said he would like to see a permanent memorial to the late star. The former Wham! frontman died on Christmas Day 2016, at the age of 53. Earlier this month, Michael’s family asked fans to remove their tributes from outside the Careless Whisper singer’s former homes. Asked whether he would like to see a […]

IPL 2018 Report Card: KKR‘s Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell ace test; RR‘s Jaydev Unadkat, Stuart Binny fail to make impact

A rejuvenated Kolkata Knight Riders overcame a few early setbacks to send Rajasthan Royals out of the tournament with a 25-run win in the eliminator at Eden Gardens on Wednesday. A superb half-century from Dinesh Karthik and a fiery knock from Andre Russell helped them get to a good total on a slow surface and their bowlers then did a […]

Aryzta revenue declines further as group announces €200m restructuring plan

Troubled Swiss-Irish bakery group Aryzta has seen its group revenue decline 16.8pc to €811.4m in the three months to 30 April. The decline was mainly due to a drop in revenue from disposals, accounting for 8.9pc of the decline, and currency fluctuation, which accounted for 6.7pc of the decline, the company said in a trading update today. In addition, the […]

Third of farmers are over retirement age, while the number of young farmers declines

Almost a third of farmers are at retirement age or above, while more than half are over 55. The ageing profile of Irish farm holders represents an ongoing trend which has prompted fresh supports for young farmers in recent years. However, compared to 2013 the number of people farming under the age of 35 has fallen from 8,200 to 7,100, […]

Idris Elba will direct and star in Hunchback Of Notre Dame for Netflix

Idris Elba will swap his trademark Luther coat for a rather different appearance when he stars as the Hunchback Of Notre Dame for a new Netflix project. The actor will direct and produce a modern retelling of the classic 19th century gothic romance novel by Victor Hugo. Elba’s production company Green Door will be behind the effort, and he will […]

John Malkovich to play Hercule Poirot in BBC drama

Hollywood star John Malkovich will bring a “unique approach” to the role of Hercule Poirot – starring as the detective in a new Agatha Christie drama. The three-part adaptation of The ABC Murders, Christie’s 1936 classic, marks the return of one of crime fiction’s best-known characters to the small screen. Ex-Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has also signed up for the […]