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Stay in from the cold this weekend and curl up with a good read – here’s 10 we recommend. December is here, the holidays are coming, the nights are long and, baby, it’s cold outside. So, while you’re hibernating for the weekend, why not catch up on some great reading material, starting with these 10 top stories from the Silicon Republic team this week. “There is no doubt, Europe is killing it,” intoned Tom Wehmeier, partner and research director at venture capital firm Atomico, to delegates at Slush 2017 in…

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Woolworths chief executive Brad Banducci said the company is attracting more customers and they are now buying more each time they visit. ‘We’re very aware this is just year one in a multi-year journey, but we’re off to a good start,’ Mr Banducci told Sky News Business. Woolworths reports strong growth. More customers are choosing to shop at Woolworths than Coles after the supermarket giant’s heavy food discounting and major revamp of its own brands pays off. Like-for-like food sales rose 6.4 per cent at Woolworths in the final three months…

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It’s time to return the hamburger menu to sender

As we are currently entrenched in the season of gluttony, Gareth Dunlop asks us to reconsider the hamburger – just remember what it did to Elvis. The hamburger menu is always on my mind. I just can’t help believing that it is far too cutesy to be of any actual value and it has left me all shook up, and customers with suspicious minds. “Don’t be cruel,” they scream at the web designer, who wants a little less conversation with users as it’s simply too inconvenient to listen, preferring to…

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Ireland an ‘enthusiastic’ EU state, but Brexit puts pressure on financial sector

Ireland Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, said he’s “fully committed” to developing the country’s financial services sector, amid uncertainty after the UK’s Brexit vote. Irish authorities are hoping to benefit from further overseas financial services investment, with both the Government and IDA lauding the country’s position at an international summit today (24 January). The European Financial Forum (EFF), part of an ongoing governmental strategy to push IFS projects by the end of the decade, saw Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, say his Government is “fully committed” to developing the IFS sector in Ireland,…

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Irish forestry boom sees funding and partnerships emerge

A double move in Wicklow has seen €90m invested into forestry management, alongside a new initiative to invest a further €112m into the industry. The European Investment Bank (EIB) has been quite active today (3 February), revealing two initiatives to support the forestry industry in Ireland. Firstly, a €90m fund has been created as a support for forestry-related investment in Ireland, with expected benefits to last two decades. The money will be used to finance the cost of planting, forest management, and forest road construction and maintenance by Coillte over the…

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