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Red tape slashed for Irish retailers

Irish retailers are to benefit from a new portal that will allow them to register and apply for licences they are obliged to have for trading purposes in one location.

The government has signed a contract with postal company An Post and its technology partner Escher Groups, which will allow retailers to apply for a variety of licences such as gaming licences, street furniture licences, as well as those for wine retailers and casual traders, Irish financial news website Business World reports.

All retail licences will be available on the portal by December this year. The system will then be expanded to other sectors.

Minister for jobs Richard Bruton said: “This announcement is a major step towards creating a one-stop licensing application portal which should significantly reduce the administrative burden on business.”

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