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Retailers predicting bumper Christmas sales

Irish expected to spend big at Christmas

Business chiefs are predicting a bumper spend by consumers this Christmas – the biggest since before the recession. Shoppers are expected to fork out 2,450 euro per household, pumping more than 4 billion euro into high streets – 600 million euro more than in an average month.

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Clean up under way after Storm Desmond causes chaos

Streets in Ireland are flooded following Storm Desmond

A big clean up was under way in parts of the country after Storm Desmond dumped huge volumes of water and caused devastating flooding. Met Eireann’s highest level red warning ended at 3am as the gale force winds and incessant and heavy rainfall abated more than a day after the …

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Taoiseach welcomes jobs boost from social media giant

Taoiseach welcomes jobs boost from social media giant

Online professional network LinkedIn has announced it will take its workforce in Ireland to more than 1,000. Marking five years of the company’s operations in Dublin – its European headquarters – it revealed it had hired 300 people in the last year and is recruiting another 100.

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Dublin family 'traumatised' after tiger kidnapping

Mother and daughter 'traumatised' after tiger kidnapping

A mother and daughter were held hostage for several hours while a security worker was forced to hand over a substantial amount of cash. The tiger kidnap began when the family home in north Dublin was raided by a gang in the middle of the night, gardai said. The mother …

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Irish company will help make your marriage proposal perfect

Propose2Me.com launch

Ireland’s first ever marriage proposal planning company claims it can take the stress out of popping the question. Propose2Me.com can organise everything from hot air balloon flights and helicopter rides to scouting out private picnic locations, leaving the nervous proposer with just four little words, “Will you marry me”, to …

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Taoiseach says no reason for homeless to sleep on streets

Enda Kenny Dublin homeless crisis

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said there is no reason for anyone to sleep rough this Christmas. On the first anniversary of the death of Jonathan Corrie, homeless and yards from the front gates of Leinster House, Mr Kenny faced a backlash from opposition leaders over his handling of the homelessness …

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