Congratulations to Derek Burns and Mark Benson on receiving a BSTAI Junior Cert Award for achieving a grade ‘A’ in Junior Certificate Business Studies in June 2014 exams. This result places them in the top ten percent of total number of students who sat Business Studies this year. The awards ceremony took place tonight in NUI Galway at 7pm.
Today will see Minister for Finance Michael Noonan deliver the Irish National Budget. Government have to find a saving of €2bn this year compared to last year when they had to save €3.5bn on their current expenditure. It will be interesting to see if the USC will be reduced and how excise duties and VAT will be hit. There is a need for increased economic growth and an improvement in the employment rate, therefore decisions made should target each of these indicators. Full coverage on RTE today from 1.30pm.
Both Secondary Teachers Unions in Ireland (ASTI & TUI) have voted in favour of strike action ( official industrial relations action), in opposition to the replacement of the new Junior cycle. Unions are set to meet with education minister Jan O’ Sullivan at the end of November to discuss the issue further. For all you senior business students this trade dispute comes under the Industrial Relations Act 1990.
Unemployment rate down to 11.1% for September. Now well below Eurozone average of 11.5%. Expected to reach 10.8% by end of year….looks good but many factors to consider.
A group of TY Enterprise students along with their teacher, Ms Flynn attended the recent Spirit of Enterprise Event at the GMIT Castlebar Innovation Hub.
Guest speakers included Dragon’s Den investor, Insomnia Coffee founder and Newstalk presenter Bobby Kerr along with 14 year old self-taught entrepreneur Jordan Casey of Casey Games. The evening was a great success and hopefully it has given the students in Ms Flynn’s Enterprise class some inspiration and confidence going forward.