An unprecedented 14,326 students sat the
higher-level exam, almost double the number who took it before the 25-point
incentive for a minimum grade D was rolled out in 2012.
David McWilliams: The Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) statistics show monthly rents have increased in all Dublin areas this year, with Dublin 9 the hardest hit, by an annual increase of 12.7pc. The average rent across the city has risen to €1,089 per month.
This is causing what I would describe as a "renters' panic" as people try to
out-bid each other to find a place to live, so much so that the experts think
that rents will go up by 20-25pc in the next 12 months.
The broker has also said the unemployment rate
will fall to 9.6pc next year, it is currently just above 11pc.
Entry requirements for engineering, business and several other
popular courses are expected to rise this year after a record number of students
gained bonus points for higher level maths in the Leaving Cert.
Michael O’Flynn has today written to Carbon Finance Ltd, a
subsidiary of Blackstone, to inform the American multibillion investment fund
that he can repay it his personal loans.
Newstalk, the radio station owned by Denis O’Brien, has
complained to the European Commission that RTÉ’s use of licence fee funds is in
breach of EU rules on State aid.
Ireland could make an annual saving of €375m after confirmation
from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that loans provided as part of the
troika package can be repaid early without incurring any additional fees.
Euro Topics: Crisis brings Italians together: The economic crisis has made it difficult for many Italians to go on holiday abroad so that old holiday traditions are making a comeback, the liberal-conservative Italian daily Corriere della Sera observes: "For many Italians, going back to childhood holiday destinations isn't romanticism but a strict necessity. The little house beside the sea and the cabin in the mountains were once parental investments. ... Now parents increasingly share them with their children, grandchildren and their grandchildren's friends. That's the only holiday option left open; everything else is too expensive. The roads and beaches are increasingly full of swollen families clearly forced by necessity to holiday together. But these are happy encounters. In Italy miracles are born of love and need."
René Cuperus demands more belligerence for the 21st century: Europe must bid farewell to it pacifist stance in view of the wars in Iraq, Ukraine and Syria, cultural historian René Cuperus writes in the left-liberal Dutch daily De Volkskrant: "In our well-meaning naiveté we thought that wars, violence and conflicts of a political and cultural nature had ended with European unity. That permanent peace had been established. That all men were brothers. Above all Germany developed a pacifist attitude after the horrors of the world wars and the Holocaust. The Germans defected from Mars to Venus in droves. Israel drew the very opposite conclusion from history. ... Like the Americans. They too are unconditionally determined to protect US citizens around the world. But what the Americans and Israelis have too much of is sorely lacking in Europe. Courageous resolve, even when the going gets tough and the time comes to fight. ... The 21 century will demand more courage - and more belligerence."
EU must mitigate embargo through subsidies: Nectarine and peach growers and other producers of stone fruits in the EU are to receive compensation for the losses incurred as a result of the Russian trade embargo. EU Agricultural Commissioner Dacian Ciolos held out the prospect of special payments on Monday. The conservative Spanish daily ABC welcomes the measure: "The EU must withstand the pressure from Moscow and show that it is able to mitigate the negative economic impact of Putin's blackmailing. European farmers must not become innocent victims of this situation, held hostage by Russia in an attempt to force Brussels to withdraw the sanctions. ... At the same time the agricultural industry must respond by opening up new markets, just as the countries of central Europe must seek alternatives to the energy supplies from Russia in case Putin turns off the gas supply in the winter."
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