Opening Bell: EY to hire 270 across Ireland, saving TTIP, Britain's Brexit swing

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The financial and professional services firm, EY is to generate 270 new jobs across its Irish office network over the next 12 months, increasing its regular graduate intake by 50 to 250.

According to EY, which currently employs 1,800 people on the island of Ireland, the 220 new full-time jobs will be experienced posts and will pay salaries of at least €50,000 per year.

The jobs are on offer across the firm’s network of seven offices across the country including a new second base in Dublin and a new location in Eyre Square Galway where 25 people will be hired.

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Sterling values dropped yesterday after a poll published in The Guardian showed a surprise swing towards support to leave the EU.

A poll carried out over the phone and online found that 52% of voters support an exit - giving it a 4% lead over the 'remain' side.

When the newspaper carried out a corresponding poll in mid-May the remain-side had a 10 percentage point lead.

The pound sterling dropped by almost 1% to 76.79p per euro.

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Leaders in Washington and across Europe are working to get plans to introduce the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) back on track after a political backlash across the US and the EU.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker will travel to Paris today attempt to convince skeptical mayors from across the country to support the trade deal.

"I believe that TTIP negotiations can yield a deal that will profit the European economy - our small and medium enterprises and our farmers - without harming standards," he said yesterday.

He added that European states need to be "all rowing in the same direction."

Countries including Ireland, the UK and Italy have signalled their support for the bill - while opposition has grown in France and Germany.

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Dunnes Stores and Mandate Trade Union will attend the Labour Court today in bid to resolve the long-running dispute over pay and conditions.

More than 6,000 staff walked off the job in a nationwide day of action last year - in the hopes of gaining more secure working hours and incomes.

The retailer has been accused of dismissing workers and changing their rosters as a result of the strike action.

Dunnes Stores employs 10 thousand workers in 114 stores across the country.