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Pensions row fix could threaten future of State payment, actuaries warn

Reintroducing a transition pension to bridge the gap to the State pension for those retiring at 65 threatens the sustainability of the whole system, Ireland’s actuaries have warned.

The Society of Actuaries, whose members specialise in assessing future risk in areas such as pensions, ...

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Politics and your pocket: How have the last nine years treated you?

“It’s not about the money, money, money . . .” So sang Jessie J whose hit Price Tag was all over your radio when Fine Gael took office in 2011. Nine years later with many earners squeezed by rising housing, childcare and insurance costs and with near record employment, the upcoming ...

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Group that distributes Mercedes in Ireland shifts control offshore

The wealthy O’Flaherty family who own the MSL motor group, the main distributor for Mercedes-Benz cars here, have shifted ultimate control of their sprawling business empire offshore, company filings suggest.

Accounts recently filed for MML Holdings, which comprises the O’Flahertys’ ...

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Housing crisis: ‘We must avoid any kind of knee-jerk reaction’

The Housing Fix is an Irish Times series exploring solutions to Ireland’s housing crisis – arguably the biggest social and economic issue facing the country and its next government – in the run-up to the general election.

As the State’s first planning regulator, Niall Cussen has a ...

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Rory McIlroy pleased with first start as he eases into 2020

Rory McIlroy failed to win the Farmers Insurance Open and failed too to regain the world number one spot in the world rankings. But the 30-year-old Northern Irishman narrowed the gap on Brooks Koepka (for the time being anyway) and, in bypassing the Phoenix Open this week, will return to ...

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Men in Black: The referees for Ireland’s Six Nations games

Raynal, who red carded CJ Stander for a collision that knocked out Springbok outhalf Patrick Lambie in 2016, has a decent feel for the game having played junior level for his native Perpignan. It’s safe to assume the 38-year-old will allow Stuart Hogg and Johnny Sexton express their opinions ...

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In mourning Kobe Bryant mourn the bad as well as the good

Mourn him because he was transcendent on the court. Mourn him because he was so young when he was killed on Sunday, just 41, embarking on a post-basketball career poised to be as unexpected as it was impressive.

Mourn Kobe Bryant because he was your favourite player (or your friend’s, or ...

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ECB interest rate policy protecting Ireland from shocks, study finds

Economic uncertainty in Ireland is increasingly driven by international events such as Brexit and the election of US president Donald Trump rather than domestic issues, a new study has suggested.

It also found that the impact of these global policy shocks on the economy here had been ...

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Government urged to improve UK relations after difficult Brexit negotiations

Nearly 90 per cent of Irish business leaders believe the Government needs to “actively address improving relations with the UK” after three years of difficult Brexit negotiations, according to a survey by the Institute of Directors in Ireland (IoD).

“While it is encouraging that the ...

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Rite&Reason: Grace is our pathway to doing right thing every day

Grace is “a thought that changed the world”. So sang U2 in Grace, a track on their 2000 album All That You Can’t Leave Behind. It is an audacious claim, bathed in the hope that it is possible to transform the pain of human life, finding “goodness” and “beauty” in ...

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Racecourse betting ring rallies in 2019 with increase in turnover

The on-course betting ring showed renewed signs of life in 2019 with a 6.6 per cent increase in turnover.

The once all-powerful ring had seen turnover fall by 75 per cent in the previous decade but industry statistics released by Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) on Monday saw an increase in ...

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Niall Quinn and Gary Owens reassure FAI staff about future

Interim deputy CEO Niall Quinn and interim CEO Gary Owens met with Football Association of Ireland (FAI) staff on Monday to provide some reassurance about the association’s future, with several members of staff describing the meeting as having been “positive”.

There was no detail on ...

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New FAI president wants to bring Brian Kerr back into the fold

The newly elected president of the FAI, Gerry McAnaney, says he would like to see Brian Kerr brought back into the FAI fold almost a decade and a half after he became one of the first high-profile victims of the John Delaney era.

Kerr’s contract as manager of the Irish senior team was ...

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Brexit: Michel Barnier says EU ‘will not turn its back’ on North

The EU “will not turn its back on Northern Ireland” after Brexit, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said during a speech at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Mr Barnier told academic and business leaders and politicians on Monday evening that, even as Northern Ireland ...

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‘Auschwitz did not fall suddenly from the sky’ – Holocaust survivors speak

It was just before 6pm when the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer of the dead, intoned from the mouth of a frail rabbi and survivor.

For the 1.3 million dead of Auschwitz-Birkenau: Poles, Sinti and Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and, above all, 1.1 million Jews.

Their ashes lie scattered in ...

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General election debate: Leaders fail to hit home runs but avoid major mishaps

Nobody messed up, but nobody hit a home run either in the first seven-way leaders’ debate of the general election campaign.

Heading into the RTÉ debate, in front of a live audience at NUI Galway, Mary Lou McDonald had the most to gain. Sinn Féin has made hay and burnished its ...

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Airbus poised for deal with regulators to settle corruption probes

Kate Beioley and Peggy Hollinger

Airbus is on the brink of settling a bribery and corruption probe with regulators in the UK, France and the US, in a move that could see the aerospace group pay billions of dollars in penalties.

A deal is expected in the coming days, according to ...

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US markets have worst day in three months on concerns over coronavirus

US stocks suffered their worst day in more than three months on Monday as China extended the Lunar New Year holiday due to a virus outbreak, fueling worries about the economic impact of containment efforts in the world’s second largest economy.

The benchmark S&P 500 suffered its ...

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Wembley is the sole focus for Leicester and Aston Villa

Carabao Cup semi-final second leg: Aston Villa v Leicester City (aggregate: 1-1)

Kick-off: 7.45pm, Tuesday. Venue: Villa Park. On TV: Live on Sky Sports Football.

Leicester City’s ambition for this season is to qualify for the Champions League while Aston Villa’s main aim is to ...

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Youthful Arsenal secure passage into FA Cup fifth round

Bournemouth 1 Arsenal 2

If this is what Mikel Arteta’s vision for Arsenal’s future looks like then the club should be in very safe hands. First-half goals from youth team products Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah secured a first away victory for their manager since he succeeded Unai Emery ...

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McGinley deaths: ‘I will always remember your three happy faces’

Sporadically they arrived at the empty church, mothers and their children, to sign the book of condolences for the young McGinley siblings.

Many of them did not want to talk about why they were there, not in front of the youngsters. Too difficult.

In the book just inside the door of ...

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