It’s funny how a newsletter can end up like a written version of the Six-one news; we have news, sports, business, entertainment, weather and perhaps a fun little human-interest story before the end – and of course, the Finance Recruitment ads in the middle. Well, this month will be no exception!!
It’s practically illegal now to discuss current affairs without starting with Covid, and who are we to argue with convention? August has brought us our first glimpses of ‘normal’. Folks eating in restaurants, pubs open for business, main streets and shopping malls thronged with shoppers and families ‘staycationing’ in the rain, sun and whatever you're having yourself! But it is nice to see the vaccine roll out going so well. Let’s hope we’re well on our way to putting this all behind us.
For many years the Merrion Gates have featured on the news, usually the traffic news it must be said, but August has brought us ‘Merriongate’ with Varadkar and Zappone as the leading protagonists. This commentator is torn between feeling sorry for politicians and the constant barracking they endure and exasperation (did nobody remember Golfgate in Clifden!?). One word – Optics!
Can you believe what is happening in Afghanistan? Deadlines in place for a few years, 20 years of building, all gone within weeks. We do have to appreciate what we have here in Ireland.
The Olympics was the big draw for August and what a spectacle it was (isn’t it funny how used to empty stadia we have all become?). You’d have won a lot of money if you’d bet on an Italian winning the men’s 100m Gold medal and a Norwegian winning the mens’ 400m hurdle, both cracking races. Congrats to all our medal winners and our continued success to those at the Paralympics. The team spirit between all is very apparent in every interview.
The Lions’ tour seemed somewhat relegated to the side-lines with the Olympics providing such great coverage, it was a tough one for all involved.
Hard to believe the footie is back already. The usual big names were bandied about for title success in the Premiership while the eye watering figures discussed for Messi’s move to PSG already seem like a sound investment but not for shirt sales, it’s the commercial partnerships that will help ROI - check out this informative article.
At home all eyes will be on Kenny’s continued efforts to reinvent Ireland and start challenging for major tournament qualification, League of Ireland results in Europe this month have given cause for hope that a new generation of quality home-grown Irish talent is coming through.
With Dublin and Kerry dispatched is this finally going to be Mayo's year or will 'the curse' continue with Tyrone being added to the list of counties to beat Mayo in the final? Either way it looks like being a cracker in front of a decent crowd with a 'new' name replacing Dublin on the Sam. Another All-Ireland hurling title for Limerick, well done to them, but wasn't it great to see Cork back at the top table after so many years away, their time will come one senses.
August has put a focus on two big stories that both have an inevitable Covid angle. First up is the return to the office. There are going to be some interesting debates and indeed tussles between desire of most workers for flexible working arrangements and some employers who would like to see a return to the office. I wonder where you and your employer are regarding this return-to-work protocol?
We addressed this in our recent survey, a couple of interesting responses were 55% still didn’t know what the work from home post covid policy was. Almost 60% said they would not work for a company that insisted they work in the office full time (this increased to 75% in a smaller more recent poll) – you can access the entire findings here – Tipping Points Survey results.
I think the other big story is that quietly, Ireland has been slowly returning to almost full employment. PUP numbers have been falling steadily and once the hospitality and arts sectors have returned to normality that the war for talent will be well and truly back on! Any doubts that the economy would bounce back have been banished!
A timely Finance Recruitment ad break here to remind you that right now we have a number of great Finance and Accounting Jobs open (see list below) – equally, if you are looking for your next great candidate then contact us as we have a huge pool of talent who are potentially open to the right offer.
You seemed to like our Tinder related article the other month, we thought we’d push it one step further this month and suggest that finding a role you love is very much like finding your soulmate! Read here!
A big up to the Dough Brothers in Galway which has been named as the best Pizzeria in Ireland and as the best take-away pizza in Europe. The Greaney brothers have come a long way from their first food truck! Also, fair play to Base Pizza in Dublin who were one of the first to sponsor Gold medal winner Kellie Harrington – it’s pays to get in early!
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Are you taking (or have you taken) an overseas holiday this year?
And the results are in – Yes 35% No 65%
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