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24 – 30 August

ISME featured in the media


The Independent, 27/08/19
35,000 days lost to strikes in six  months as hospitals left crippled by walkouts
More than 35,100 working days were lost due to strikes – mainly by nurses and hospital support staff – in the first half of this year. New official figures reveal that 34,693 days were lost as a result of disputes in the “human health and social work” sector between January and June.
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Dundalk Democrat, 28/08/19
ISME to host networking event in Dundalk’s Imperial Hotel
ISME will be bringing a series of Roadshows around the country during 2019. The Roadshows will provide an opportunity for businesses to network and enjoy talks and discussions from a selection of speakers. Admission to all of these events will be complimentary.
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BreakingNews.ie, 28/08/19
Johnson’s Westminster bombshell weighs on Irish shares and sinks Irish Government yields
Irish shares and Government bond yields fell today as a political manoeuvre by UK prime minister Boris Johnson was seen as boosting the chances of a crash-out Brexit at Halloween and an early British election.The yield on 10-year Irish bonds fell further into negative territory at minus 0.12%, which is close to its all-time low, while the equivalent 10-year British gilt fell to 0.45%.
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RTE Radio 1, 30/08/19
ISME CEO Neil McDonnell discussed Brexit, possible job layoffs and the need to be Brexit Preparded with Miriam O’Callaghan on Today with Miriam O’Callaghan.
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Irish Examiner, 30/08/19
SMEs advised to prepare staff for Brexit layoffs
Business group ISME is advising member companies in the frontline of a crash-out Brexit at Halloween to immediately prepare staff for potential redundancies. The advice applies to companies which make their living exporting goods and services across the Irish Sea and who will most likely be buffeted by any further slump in the value of sterling against the euro.
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The Independent, 30/08/19
Government ‘should start telling us what contingency plans are’ 
The Government is under fire over its failure to outline detailed contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit with less than nine weeks to go. It came after European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee suggested the Government may not reveal arrangements for cross-Border trade until three weeks before the October 31 deadline.
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Insurance reform in the media


The Journal.ie, 25/08/19
Explainer: What happened to the personal injuries register and why has it been shelved? 
The number of personal injury claims brought before the courts, and the compensation awarded to claimants in damages, have become a major talking point in Ireland in recent years as premiums for business and car insurance are on the rise.
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The Independent, 25/08/19
Alliance demands levy on insurance company profits
Ministers to put pressure on Fine Gael during Budget talks. The Independent Alliance will insist on the introduction of a levy on insurance company profits during the forthcoming Budget negotiations, the Sunday Independent has learned.
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Extra.ie, 26/08/19
Popular family-run adventure park to close after 20 years due to ‘100% insurance price hike’
A family-run adventure park will become the latest victim of Ireland’s insurance crisis when it shuts down this week after its owner said the business’s premium went up by 100pc. Dave Robinson and his family have operated Rathbeggan Lakes Family Adventure Park for almost 21 years.
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Donegal Daily, 28/08/19
Lack of action on insurance costs slammed
Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has said that unless the Government take immediate and precise action against the Insurance industry, then ordinary people will have to continue to suffer increasing costs and massive hikes in their insurance premia.
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FiannaFail.ie, 28/08/19
Insurance Crisis Will See More Company Closures and Job Loses – Michael Moynihan
Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West Michael Moynihan has warned that more business closures and job losses are on the way as a result of Fine Gael’s failure to get to grips with the continuing crisis in insurance.
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The Independent, 29/08/19
DWTS judge Brian Redmond’s family business shuts after being quoted up to €100k for insurance 
Dance teacher and ‘Dancing With The Stars’ judge Brian Redmond has spoken of his disappointment at having to close his family leisure business. He said he was unable to get insurance cover, a development that left many of the 16 staff in tears
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Public servant wins compensation over ‘lengthy absence’ dismissal
The procedure used to dismiss a public servant after 3.5 years’ absence from work was “fundamentally flawed”, according to a WRC adjudicator, who awarded the worker €20,000 in compensation.
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Worker fired for slapping manager’s face wins award
A British-owned discount retailer has been ordered by the WRC to pay compensation to a sales assistant dismissed for allegedly slapping his manager in the face “to get his attention.
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Ex CEO of state agency fails to secure contract extension
A WRC adjudicator has ruled that the former chief executive of a statutory agency was not unfairly dismissed when she was informed her contract “had reached its natural end” and that her employment was being terminated “due to the natural effluxion of time.”
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