← Previous Story Ciudad Real sets a new record – 64 wins in a row! Next Story → Women’s EHF CL (Round 3): Györ found form in Ljubljana AG CopenhagenOlafur StefanssonRhein Neckar Lowen The left-handed Icelandic player, Olafur Stefansson, has denied wanting to leave Rhein-Neckar Lowen, in order to join AB Copenhagen. On the other hand, Jesper Nielsen, the ‘big boss’ that is the owner of both clubs, wants to make a switch, and bring Stefansson to Copenhagen, and then Lijewski to Rhein-Neckar Lowen.Stefansson was also surprised by the statements of Nielsen. “All I want is peace here in the team, and I do not know why Nielsen said that. There is no agreement of any kind that concerns my future except the one with RNL. In the end Stefansson acknowledged that the last word will be that of Nielsen.
Jakob Vestergaard announced that he will be leaving the Romanian champion at the end of this playing season, and will be heading home to Denmark, where he is tipped as one of the possible candidates for new Viborg coach. Oltchim tried very hard to gather the best players available and bring a world-class project, but the latest bankruptcy that shook the club has now made all of the top players to leave, and Vestergaard will be leaving the coaching role as well. Jakob VestergaardOltchimOltchim ValceaRomania handballValceavestergaardViborg ← Previous Story “Referee body-checking”: Stoilov only three match suspension! Next Story → Gyor old-new Hungarian champion!
Spanish back player Iker Romero (33) will finish his proffesional career on May 24 with the last match of his Fuchse Berlin against THW Kiel at DKB Bundesliga. One of the most popular handball faces in the last decade came to Berlin in 2011 and became one of the greatest persons in the history of young team from capital. Ex-Barca player and World Champion with Spain in 2005, helped “Foxes” to acheve the first ever EHF CL F4 tournament in Cologne 2012, but also to build the strong sports brand and establish as one of the interesting handball projects in European handball.– Many player left the team, but this is the toughest moment in my career of Secretary General – said Bob Hanning about the Romer0’s decision.– We are losing a big player – Iker showed winning mentality in the last three years and was an example for many things.Romero won the DHB Cup two weeks ago as the first “big” trophy for Fuchse Berlin.– This is the hardest decision in my life. This is a moment that no player would like to express. The 18 years of my career were like 18 months for me. I have long thinking what I have to do and what is the best for me, my head, my heart, my body and my family. At the end I have decided that I’m going home to my family “after the last game on May 24, says Iker Romero for club’s website.– You have to know when is the right moment. The perfect moment never comes, but I think now is the right time for my new life, “said Romero.Romero has played for Valladolid, Ademar Leon, Ciudad Real and Barcelona before he came to Germany. Fuchse Berlin was his only team abroad. – Dagur and Bob have done something like a bet three years ago. They did not know whether it rises or not. But I think they are happy , “says Romero with a smile. ” The three years in Berlin were the icing on the cake of my career – we were in the Champions League Final4 , now have brought the trophy and at the EHF Cup Final Four at home we will see what happens. I want to win , I’m proud of everything I have achieved , of course – said Iker and concluded:- I’m going home and I will give my mind and my body a little rest. What do I do then , I’ll see in a few months. Fuchse BerlinhandballIker Romero Thank you, Iker! ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 10 scorers: Vugrinec leads, Ilic follows… Next Story → EHF CL TOP 8 “BEST 7”: Veszprem’s back players, “Lions” on the wings…
baia mareCatalin Chereches ← Previous Story EHF CL BEST 7 – ROUND 3: From Muller to Toskić… Next Story → FC Porto hero Hugo Laurentino: Aim is to qualify for next CL phase Romania’s anticorruption prosecutors have prosecuted the mayor of Baia Mare, Catalin Chereches, for abuse of office, complicity to forgery, and tax evasion, writes www.romania-insider.com.According to the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), Chereches coordinated a group which embezzled the funds that should have reached the local handball clubs HCM and Minaur Baia Mare.The mayor knew that the handball clubs’ accounts registered fictitious expenses, but he made sure that the members of the Baia Mare Local Council would allocate money to support the two clubs’ activities, according to DNA investigators. The players did not receive the money, which instead got into the pockets of the criminal group’s members. For example, the handball players from HCM Baia Mare signed the documents according to which they each received RON 65,000 (some EUR 15,000) but in reality they got less than RON 10,000 (some EUR 2,200).The mayor was the person in charge with selecting the handball players at the two clubs, signing the contracts with them, establishing the value of the contracts for each player, selecting the coaches and the equipment, and managing the amounts allocated by the Baia Mare Local Council.source: www.romania-insider.com.
← Previous Story VIDEO: Norwegian TV handball euphoria Next Story → Germans about amazing success: Our key – no superstars! Germany are in the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 Final thanks to the winning goal of right back Kai Hafner, who found the way to the net of Ole Erevik after 70 minutes of great battle at Tauron Arena – 34:33 (27:27 – 14:13). Three seconds before the final buzzer, lefthander who came to Poland only four days ago as replacement for injured Steffen Weinhold, scored the most important goal in his career for a big victory against Norway.Tobbias Reichman (10 goals) opened first semi-final in shooting mood which initialy pushed Germans ahead of the rival in the first 15 minutes – 9:5, when Norwegian coach Christian Berge had to call for a time-out. The “hero” of EURO 2016 managed to take his team back on the track led by Esper Lie Hansen and Bjarte Myrhol. Experienced line-player leveled in 26th minute n 12:12, while his compatriot left wing Jondal took Scandi guys in the lead – 13:12, after starting 4:3.The first and only option of German back-line was newcomer Julius Kuhn, but that wasn’t enough to stay positive in the match for the first German final since 2007. Fantastic Norwegian lefthander Kristian Bjornsen took responsibility in his hands to turnover on his team side – 19:17.Tactics of strictly playing on Sander Sagosen gave result, so Germans made 3:0 series for a new lead – 20:19.Until the final whistle, both teams stayed on only one goal difference. Norway had 27:26 and 75 seconds to score the winning goal after time-out, but they didn’t. Punishment came with the goal of Rune Dahmke 19 seconds before the buzzer, who scored for extra-time.
6. TATRAN Presov4103102:110(-8)2 RK Metalurg SKopje surprised Natuhouse La Rioja 24:23 (11:9) in Round 4 of the Men’s EHF Champions League. The Macedonian vice-champions won their second match in Europe this season thanks to fantastic goalkeeper Darko Arsic who saved two shots of Spanish players in the last 30 seconds of the clash at “Boris Trajkovski” arena.Metalurg: Arsic(16 saves), Tomovski, Brajovic 2, Dragas 7, Drogriski, Jagurinovski, Kosteski 1, Kuzmanovski, Neloski 1, Obradovic 7, Palevski, Pečenkovski, Pesevski 2, Petrov, Taleski 4, Velkovski.La Rioja: A.Aguinagalde, Cacheda 5, Fernandez 4, Garabaja 2, Garciandi, Hisham 3, Inue 7, Jimenez 2, Kapellin, Molina, Montoro, Munjoz, Pechina, Rocas, Sanchez, Vigo.STANDINGS: 4. Chekhovskie Medvedi4121103:103(0)4 3. Montpellier HB4202115:108(7)4 5. HC Metalurg420285:92(-7)4 2. Elverum Handball4211104:102(2)5 1. Naturhouse La Rioja4211115:109(6)5 ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL 16/17: Savehof win in Larvik – FTC take point in Skopje Next Story → PSG beat Flensburg in derby – Bjerringbro Silkeborg demolish Wisla
Masters handball world cup 2018 The second edition of Masters Handball World Cup will be held between May 10 and 13 in beautiful city of Omis on Adriatic coast in Croatia.Exactly 26 teams from 12 countries will join the most ambitious project in the world of ex-handball stars, who will gather in the second week of May to compete in five categories (three men’s and two women’s).Handball fans in two sports halls in Omis will have chance to see very international event with the teams from Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Hungary, Turkey, Men’s categories are 35+, 42+ and 50+. Girls will compete in categories +30 and 40+.Reigning champions are domestic teams Zlatne Godine (50+), ZRK Sinj (W 30+) and Tornado Ukraine (35+). ← Previous Story German Cup Final4 – RNL to attack “double crown” Next Story → FRANCE: Montpellier Handball keep first place four matches until the end
HE’S BEEN IN Dublin for a few days, and now we know why.Conan O’Brien was invited to his “mother country” to accept an honorary patronage from Trinity College Dublin’s Philosophical Society.Before he came to TCD, he checked out The Phil’s Facebook and Tumblr pages, with pretty interesting results…YouTube/TCDPhil“I’m furious. I went into this store in Dublin and it was NOT what I expected.” – @ConanOBrienConan O’Brien is back in Ireland, but how tall is he?
THE VAST MAJORITY of publicans believe that trade in the sector will get worse, with over three quarters reporting a slump in spending, a new study commissioned by the Vintners Association says.Spending on drinks is down, with a large number of respondents reporting a drop in the amount of money spent on food.According to accounting firm RSM Farrell Grant Sparks, which surveyed 415 people in the trade throughout Ireland, 76 per cent of publicans reported a fall in spending on drink, with 68 per cent reporting that spending on food was also down.82 per cent said they expected prospects for the licensed pub industry to deteriorate further, with 90 per cent stating that the number of weekly visits by customers has fallen.“This survey has added to the growing data that shows just how difficult conditions are for publicans throughout Ireland” said Padraig Cribben, CEO of the Vintners Federation of Ireland. Notwithstanding the shift in culture towards health and drinking alcohol, the lack of disposable income and competition from grocery chains that can sell alcohol below cost price are just two factors that contribute to a bleak outlook for the future of the Irish pub and for publicans in Ireland.He said that despite efforts by publicans to improve their services, by offering discounts on drink prices and offering entertainment, the industry would continue to suffer from a reduction in consumer spending and the increasing trend of drinking at home.‘Shocking’ plans to raise price of pint>
Updated 9.48am THE CABINET WILL meet this morning to consider a referendum on same-sex marriage with one minister saying that a vote will be held “when it’s practicable”.Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin said this morning that it is probably the view of the “majority of Cabinet” that a referendum should be held on foot of the recommendation from the Constitutional Convention earlier this year.He noted that there are issues of timing but said that advice will be given to Cabinet on that issue this morning with Justice Minister Alan Shatter to bring a memo before his colleagues.“All of these issues are challenging, but we’ve come a long way in this country,” he said, noting that civil partnerships legislation was passed through second stage of the Dáil without a vote.A short time later, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said he hoped that a referendum would be held in the lifetime of this government, describing it as “an important issue”:Videos: Nicky Ryan at Government BuildingsFirst published 8.43am Labour MEPs: Gay marriage vote should be on same day as local and Euro electionsVaradkar: Same-sex marriage referendum could be held next year
NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.A husband and wife protect their baby from the rain as they wait for an evacuation flight in Tacloban, central Philippines. Pic: AP Photo/Wally Santana.IRISHOver 500,000 people across Europe are potentially affected by a breach in security on loyalty cards with Supevalu Getaway and AXA Leisure Break customers at risk.The head of the Irish League of Credit Unions says that there is “no evidence” that 100 credit unions are in serious difficulty. The Central Bank assessing the situation.The increase in charges for Freedom of Information requests has been defended by Minister Brendan Howlin.Racist graffiti was scrawled on walls during the ransacking of a Halal store in Dublin earlier this month.A man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for slashing the face of a PSNI officer.A poisonous substance used in euthanasia and executions was stolen from a Celbridge vet.The ASTI has recommended a ballot of its members on new proposals discussed with department officials today.Taoiseach Enda Kenny has dismissed reports that a lack of funding could hamper the implementation of the ‘youth guarantee’ scheme.Dairygold has settled a High Court case brought by its former CEO over his dismissal.The Northern Ireland Justice Minister has announced plans to change the law to allow children as young as 12 to use airguns or shotguns in strictly supervised situations.WORLD#TYPHOON HAIYAN: Survivors in the Philippines are attempting to flee the devastation as humatarian concerns increase in the region.#IRAN: Iran has hit back at the US over the failure of nuclear talks after US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday that they had collapsed a proposed deal.#WORD TRADE CENTER: An expert panel has declared the new World Trade Center as the western hemisphere’s tallest building after a dispute over whether the spire on top could be counted when measuring height.INNOVATIONApple is developing new iPhone designs that include bigger screens with curved glass and enhanced sensors that can detect different levels of pressure. [Bloomberg]Google can now feature your profile name and photo on ads for their products.PARTING SHOT(Youtube/neway47)Keep calm and get off the plane. Commercial airlines must be able to evacuate an entire plane in 90 seconds or less in case of an emergency. Watch these 873 people get off a plane in 78 seconds in a 2006 test. (H/T: Neatorama)
Click here to visit the site.Extract: ‘If I were Mr de Valera, I would keep a watch on all ports, communications and wireless in his territory’ >Column: Our government hides its actions by obstructing Freedom of Information > WANT TO READ about the Emergency Powers relating to Sweets and Chocolates introduced by the Irish government in 1943?Maybe even look at bizarre death mask of someone called “Jemmy O’Brien the informer”, executed for murder in 1800?Or just sit back and enjoy a 2005 report on a visit by the Joint Committe on Agriculture and Food to a donkey sanctuary in Cork?The Oireachtas has launched its new Library and Research Service website, meaning you can access all of these documents online for the first time.If those topics didn’t catch your interest, there’s 80,000 other documents dating back to the 1600s available on the site.The website is divided in two main sections. One consists of historical documentation dating back centuries from the Dáil Library, most of which was gathered by the Irish government following independence.The other contains various government documents and reports which are formally presented to parliament, including documents from Dublin Castle prior to 1922. Most reports or accounts must be presented to the Dáil and Seanad in this way, being electronically filed to the library.However, they were not accessible online until now.Mark Mulqueen, Head of Communications with the Oireachtas, confirmed on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that this will be continuously updated with new information.He said that not many other governments are this advanced with their library achieves.“We would be quite ahead of other parliaments in Western Europe, other the Congress in the United States who would be an equivalent in terms of making this collection accessible”, he said.A map of Munster, dated 1610 (Image Credit: OPAC)The archive also features three online presentations, to demonstrate the kind of material available.“Ireland and the Crown” focuses on life in Ireland under British rule, “Building Modern Ireland” which looks at how Ireland developed after 1922, and “Maps”, which Mulqueen says demonstrates some of the oldest material from the collection.
TWO OF THE best midfielders the Premier League has ever seen, Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira had more than their fair share of run-ins down the years.Both captains and generals of the two clubs which dominated English football in the 90s and early 2000s, the pair clashed several times on and off the field, as the clip below shows:YouTube credit: konradkajAt 10pm on 10 December, ITV 4 will air a documentary titled ’Keane & Vieira: Best of Enemies’ with exclusive interviews from both on their fractious relationship. And the following week (18 December at 9.55pm), RTÉ Two will also be showing it.YouTube credit: itv4realfans(h/t: Paul Galvin) Swansea player forced to drive ‘Pink Ferrari’ after losing crossbar challengeReds boss Rodgers rules out January spree
A. Yes, I’m happier today (290) IRELAND OFFICIALLY exits its EU/IMF bailout today – and even our Finance Minister is cagey about how much difference that will make to your life come tomorrow.We, the people, were called heroes for taking the brunt of the austerity programme.So does the symbolic nature of today’s exit actually make you feel any better? At all? C. Hearing about it makes me feel worse (2191) B. Makes not the slightest difference to me (1639) A. Yes, I’m happier todayB. Makes not the slightest difference to meC. Hearing about it makes me feel worseVoteTroika Translator: What they said and what they meant> Poll Results:
EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #DEATH: A 14-year-old boy has died following a freak accident in Kinsale — Leon Connon became trapped in railings after collapsing while out with friends. He had been receiving treatment for his injuries in Cork University Hospital since Saturday evening.2. #INCREASE: If you have health insurance with VHI, you’ll be hit with an increase in charges from next month. The price of plans is to be hiked by an average of three per cent — some schemes will go up by as much as six per cent.3. #ACTION: Barack Obama delivered his annual ‘State of the Union’ address last night. He’s pledged a “year of action” to narrow the gap between rich and poor in America, and promised to use executive power to raise the minimum wage for federal workers on new contracts.4. #COMPENSATION: Hundreds of residents who live near pylons will be paid up to €30,000, the Irish Independent reports this morning. According to the paper, Eirgrid has insisted it’s not an attempt to buy off communities.5. #COPPERS: Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has called on all nightclubs to review their promotions and security arrangements in the wake of Monday night’s crush incident outside Copper Face Jacks in Dublin, according to the Irish Examiner. Seven people were injured in the Harcourt Street incident.6. #NEW DEPARTURE: Brian Hayes is to run for a seat in Europe. The Department of Finance junior minister will hold a press conference later today where he’ll outline his intention to seek the candidacy of Fine Gael.7. #CLOSING: The last birth at the Mount Carmel Hospital on Dublin’s southside is set to take place on Friday, with antenatal care at the hospital continuing until mid-February. Unions are set to meet the liquidators of the facility again today.8. #NEW JOBS: Digital research firm Global Reviews is to open a new European HQ in Cork, creating 30 jobs. The company will be hiring new staff over the next two years.9. #NEXT PHASE: Dr Joseph Roche, the Dublin-based astrophysicist hoping to head to Mars in ten years time as part of the ambitious ‘Mars One’ project, has begun the medical testing phase of the selection process. He told TheJournal.ie he’s expecting news on the interview stage in April.
THE PRESIDENT OF Ireland has become the second person ever to be awarded the Honorary Freedom of the Town of Ennis.President Michael D Higgins, who was reared and educated in County Clare, was awarded the honour today at a Civic Reception hosted in his honour by Ennis Town Council. President Higgins was joined in Ennis by his wife Sabina and family members, many of who live in the county.President Higgins was born in Limerick, raised near Newmarket-on-Fergus, and educated at Ballycar National School and St Flannan’s College in Ennis.FreedomThe inaugural recipient of the Honorary Freedom to the town was Muhammad Ali, the three-time World Heavyweight Champion. He was given the award during his historic visit to the Clare County Capital, which was the birthplace of his great grandfather Abe Grady.At Waterpark House today, President Higgins was welcomed by members of Ennis Town Council before being led into the Council’s Civic Room by piper Michael John Quigney of the Tulla Pipe Band.A specially-arranged musical tribute to him was presented by local traditional musician. Members of the Ennis Brand Band provided a trumpet fanfare after the President was officially awarded Freedom of the Town of Ennis.Addressing today’s Civic Reception, Mayor of Ennis Cllr Peter Considine said:Outside of the time you spent in Ennis particularly as a student in St Flannan’s College, I know that from a personal and professional perspective you are very familiar with the town of Ennis, its history and the people who live here. During your time as Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, you supported numerous projects and initiatives which sought to protect and promote the culture and heritage of towns such as Ennis.He added that the President’s lifelong contribution to politics “has inspired many”.He drew a comparison between the President and Ali, saying:In your days as a TD and Minister, some might agree that you also did ‘Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’. Your pragmatic approach to dealing with issues in Irish society and indeed abroad, is internationally recognised and certainly has not gone unnoticed here.Read: Hello Mr President, I’m the President: Michael D begins French visit>
LAST NIGHT IRELAND was treated a full head-to-toe analysis of Tommy Bowe’s body.Steady on, ladies and gents, there was some kind of scientific reason for it, apparently.But aside from the fact he can run at 34 kilometres per hour or that was awfully inconsistent as a schoolboy, here’s what we really found out.Ulster train in a car parkRoy Keane would not be happy.He’s just a regular dude!His dad meets him with his mouth full and (with his left hand still gripping some toast) a surprise hug.‘If you can catch a ball at school, you won’t get laughed at’The sagely advice from papa Bowe that helped develop a rugby and (in Tommy’s sister Hannah) hockey international.‘He’d just take the ball and tramp right up the middle’That’s how his former team-mate at Emyvale GFC remember his midfield ‘style’.By the way… nice hat, Johnny. Where’d ya get that?‘The best thing about anti-gravity treadmills are…”They’re great craic, but you get sucked up through them if you start messing. ”I just wanted to see what happened,” he said after being scolded.He’s a wee pup, so he is.5000 calories per dayNice. Pass that pizza. Nobody looks cool in a GPS ‘bra’…… but ‘Viper Unit’ makes measured training sound way cooler than it feelsFlashy boots can actually serve a purpose‘Look at these fancy boots’ says this nice lady talking Tommy through the mechanics of how he beats a defender one-on-one.She also makes the mistake of saying ‘the hips don’t lie’ which sends our wing wonder into a Shakira inspired day-dream.He can do a mean comeback training montageA quick 80s soundtrack and a Mickey Goldmill impression from JD and we’ll be right.If you missed Tommy Bowe’s Bodycheck last night and want to see more you can watch it in full on the RTE Player here.
China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack A BRAND’S LOGO speaks to customers on many levels – whether we realise it or not.There’s the initial recognisability factor—if a logo is too complex or unrelated to its brand, it risks being glanced over without communicating its brand’s message. For that reason, modern logos tend to err on the side of boldness and simplicity.But a closer look at many logos reveals more subtle marketing tactics.You may have noticed the subliminal features of some of these designs in the past. But have you looked hard enough to see them all?1. FedExThe FedEx logo hides an arrow in its negative space (between the ‘E’ and the ‘X’. Even a glance inspires thoughts of efficiency and forward motion.2. VaioThis logo for Sony’s computers represents the brand’s integration of analog and digital technology. The ‘VA’ is designed as an analog waveform, the ‘IO’ is binary code. Clever lads.3. Baskin RobbinsThis logo, introduced in 2005, cleverly uses the company’s initials to advertise its number of ice cream flavours (31).4. Le Tour de France See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change Slightly more abstract than the other examples, the Tour de France logo contains a well-integrated biker.5. TobleroneSee the dancing bear in the mountain? The design is a tribute to the Swiss town where the chocolate was developed.6. Milwaukee BrewersCan you see the baseball glove?7. AmazonThe cleverness of this logo is twofold. The arrow points from a to z, referring to all that is available on Amazon.com, and it doubles as a satisfied smile (with dimple).8. Sun MicrosystemsBefore it was bought by Oracle, Sun was a major computer manufacturer. Its logo is a perfect ambigram; it can be read from any direction. (Note also that the graphic doesn’t actually include an S, merely artfully arranged u’s and n’s.)9. Coca-ColaThe soda brand’s latest campaign in Denmark points out something you may have missed; the Danish flag (with a bulge) embedded in the white script.9 famous logo changes in 2012 that you may not have noticedHere’s how much the world’s most iconic logos cost companies to design themGALLERY: 20 company logos from before they were famous 10 things in tech you need to know today
POPE FRANCIS HAS backed a doctrinal report drawn up under his predecessor Benedict XVI that accused the largest group of nuns in the United States of holding “radical feminist” views, the Vatican said in a statement today.The new pope has “reaffirmed the findings of the assessment and the program of reform” for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which represents around 45,000 US nuns and is known for its social work, the Vatican said.The statement said the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, met representatives of the LCWR in the Vatican on Monday in an attempt to smooth over differences.Mueller thanked the group for its work in “many schools, hospitals, and institutions of support for the poor” in the US, the statement said.But he also emphasised the need for the group to cooperate with US bishops and said LCWR was legally “under the direction of the Holy See”.‘Open and frank’ talksIn a brief statement, LCWR said only that the talks had been “open and frank”.“We pray that these conversations may bear fruit for the good of the Church,” it said.The Vatican report issued in 2012 following a three-year investigation pointed to “serious doctrinal problems” and “unacceptable positions”.It appointed the Archbishop of Seattle, Peter Sartain, to ensure the group toe the line.The report accused LCWR members of “dissent” with Church teachings against homosexuality and said they were pursuing “radical feminist themes”.It condemned LCWR for being “silent on the right to life from conception to natural death”.The report also said a position stated by LCWR in 1977 against the ordination of priests as a male prerogative “has never been corrected”.- © AFP, 2013Read: Vatican says nuns’ group spends too much time on social justice >
ENTERPRISE IRELAND HAS announced that its client companies achieved record exports of €16.2 billion in 2012, up €1 billion from the previous year.The greatest wins came from sectors such as engineering, software, internationally traded services and medical devices, while the outstanding geographical performance came from the US, Asia Pacific and South America.The announcement was made today by Ministers Richard Bruton, Eamon Gilmore and John Perry as well as Enterprise Ireland CEO Frank Ryan.Enterprise Ireland said today that the strong performance by Irish companies over the past year puts them in a “very healthy position” to capitalise on this growth.It said 2013 will see a record number of ministerial-led trade missions with an increased focus on high growth economies in Asia, South America and the Middle East backed up a wide range of inward buyer visits, trade fairs, seminars and embassy events.The companies involved in today’s announcement are responsible for 300,000 jobs and spend over €18 billion in the Irish economy each year by winning business all over the world, Frank Ryan said today.Minister Bruton said that the export figures, which set a new record, are “very promising for employment growth over the coming years”.Read: World business leaders meet in Dublin to advance transatlantic trade deal>Read: Trade surplus of €3.1bn in February 2013 – CSO>