The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed warned the measure to axe dole payments to those who do not cooperate must not be used as a threat, especially against those who are not well versed in IT.
TONY O'Reilly's commitment to Waterford Wedgwood as he battled to prevent the company from collapse resulted in his financial ruin, according to friends and colleagues of Ireland's one-time richest man.
Here is Ireland, we have manufacturing and services PMIs along with the Exchequer figures and the latest live register data. In Brussels we have two days of meetings by European finance ministers while the European Central Bank meets in Frankfurt to discuss how to breathe life into the Eurozone and whether to release that letter from Jean Claude Trichet.
Senior figures in the Coalition yesterday called for a major recasting of Irish Water by setting up a Government committee to re-examine the entire project and by holding a referendum to copperfasten its status as a public utility.
Europe’s largest technology conference, the Web Summit, gets underway in Dublin tomorrow, with more than 20,000 people expected to attend the three-day event in the RDS.
A year after Ireland waved goodbye to the troika, Germany has suggested the European Commission should adopt troika methods to name and shame EU governments into meeting their reform obligations.
Chris Johns: Hopes are high that the new Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) will boost lending to credit starved SMEs. Cynics say that this will be the only bone that we will ever be thrown in recognition of our role in saving the European banking system; we wanted direct equity recapitalisation of our banks but this is all that we got - another loan which, like all the others, has to be paid back.
Irish Water is paying for its managers and staff to attend ‘resilience training’ classes to help boost their self-esteem and manage stress levels.
Euro Topics: The Swedish government announced its recognition of Palestine as an independent state on Thursday. Some commentators criticise the step on the grounds that the Palestinian organisations Fatah and Hamas don't have their territory under control. Others see the move as providing a basis for the Palestinians to negotiate with Israel on an equal footing.
Recognition puts Palestine and Israel on a par: Sweden is already the 135th country to recognise Palestine as a state. For the left-liberal daily Aftonbladet this step is necessary for Israel and the Palestinians to be able to negotiate on equal terms: "This is an important and courageous decision which will hopefully encourage others to follow suit. ... International recognition for a Palestinian state on Israel's border is the first step towards more equality between the two. Only when Israel and Palestine get down to serious negotiations over borders, land, Jerusalem, the economy, refugees and the infrastructure can there be lasting peace. Anyone who is unwilling to recognise Palestine as a state is in favour of maintaining the status quo. In that case daily life in Palestine and Israel will continue to be dominated by death, violence, insecurity, terror and destruction."
Anti-Obama takes charge of EU Commission: The new European Commission under Jean Claude Juncker officially started its work on Saturday. The Luxembourgian Juncker may not be such a charismatic politician but he has other qualities, the liberal state-owned daily Wiener Zeitung explains: "Europe's elite so much wanted a continental counterpart to Barack Obama with his 'Yes, we can'. What they got is a master of tactical compromise, an old-school deal-maker. Juncker is a back room politician, not a showman. In none of the three languages he speaks is he able to bring his audience to their feet. But in contrast to the brilliant orator Obama he knows how to forge alliances and compromises, how to ensnare his opponents and keep his team on his side. ... Europe needs a strategist for its long-term goals and a skilled tactician to master short-term adversities. ... That's the job description - and the flesh-and-blood Juncker fits it far better than the make-believe European Obama."
Italy must use EU's Youth Guarantee: With its Youth Guarantee the EU aims to ensure that all people under 25 get a job offer within four months of leaving formal education or becoming unemployed. Instead of getting caught up in his job market reforms Italian Prime Minister Renzi must focus on making sure that Italy takes full advantage of the funds offered by the Youth Guarantee scheme, the Catholic daily Avvenire urges: "Italy's regions have access to 1.5 billion euros in total. An experimental phase of a few months would suffice to show that Italy's real problem is not a lack of money. The funds are there but they are either not being used or are being put to poor use. ... Because what has been the result so far: countless meetings, programmatic agreements, new web portals and a couple of ineffectual commercials. ... So far the Youth Guarantee hasn't helped stimulate youth employment and has done even less to ease the path from school into the world of employment."
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