The UK is losing out on foreign direct investment due to the uncertainty following Brexit vote

“The UK could benefit from making itself a more attractive location for foreign investment. One way to do this would be to consider whether planned reductions in corporation tax rates could be even more ambitious – this is an option to which the government may have to give increasing thought,” he said.Meanwhile, a separate study from Baker McKenzie found that for the first time since 2013, Chinese investors poured more money into North America ($48bn) than Europe ($46bn).The study found that the UK attracted $9bn of investment last year, an increase of 130 per cent on 2015. The increase in deals was driven by investments announced before the EU vote. Baker McKenzie said its too “early to judge the impact of Brexit”. “2016 set a new record high for global Chinese investment, with the UK performing particularly well and noticeably up on the previous year,” said M&A partner Tim Gee. “Much of that activity was driven by deals announced in the first half of the year, making it a particularly fast start. While Brexit clouds the outlook for 2017 in some sectors, such as financial services, the fundamental drivers for Chinese FDI into the UK and Europe as a whole remain strong.” Overall, Europe saw FDI worth two per cent of total GDP, slightly below the global average. Of the G7, Japan (zero per cent), Italy (0.7 per cent) and Germany (1.4 per cent) were the worst performers.Colin Jones, partner at UHY Hacker Young: “While BRIC economies are continuing to attract significant amounts of FDI despite the slowdown in emerging markets, the UK and other G7 economies are falling behind.“Inbound investment by foreign businesses is a sign of confidence in an economy, providing a boost to business growth, job creation and developments in areas such as innovation and infrastructure. Focusing on fostering an environment that encourages foreign investment is key if the UK is to compete on the global stage, particularly in the wake of the Brexit referendum result.”Read more: West End gets Brexit boost as sales to tip over £9bn for the first timeYoung added that a reducing corporation tax rates may help the UK attract more foreign investment, The UK is losing out on foreign direct investment due to the uncertainty following Brexit vote Tuesday 7 February 2017 12:01 am Britain attracted $50.4bn (£40.3bn), or 1.8 per cent of GDP, worth of FDI last year compared to the global figure of 2.2 per cent of total GDP.The US, China and Brazil attracted the most FDI in absolute terms at $379bn, $250bn and $75bn respectively in 2015.Asean economies (Association of South East Asian Nations) were winners of the foreign investment race, attracting FDI worth 5.3 per cent of GDP.Read more: The British assets you never knew were Chinese-ownedThe research also highlighted that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa [BRIC] attracted total FDI inflows of 2.3 per cent of GDP compared to 1.7 per cent of GDP for the G7. Share Shruti Tripathi The UK is losing out on foreign direct investment (FDI) due to the uncertainty following last year’s Brexit vote, according to a new study by accountancy group UHY Hacker Young.The study, which looked at FDI inflows last year in 45 major economies, found the amount of investment fetched by the UK is lagging behind the global average by 18 per cent. whatsapp whatsapp More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org read more

Synthomer shares slide after profit warning

first_img Share whatsapp whatsapp Read more: Why The Apprentice is actually really good for business The Essex-based group now expects volumes of Styrene Butadiene Rubber, which is used for making car tyres, to be 10 per cent behind last year’s levels. Synthomer shares slide after profit warning A woman is sillouetted against a screen showing the falling Hang Seng index at a trading house in Hong Kong on October 22, 2008. Hong Kong share prices closed 5.2 percent down, dragged by Citic Pacific after its earlier warning that it was facing a potentially huge foreign exchange loss, dealers said. AFP PHOTO/PHILIPPE LOPEZ (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP via Getty Images) The Polymer manufacturer said today that its annual underlying profits before tax would be lower than market expectations if the current macroeconomic troubles carry on over the next three months. More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com Read more: Four things we learned from the Barclays results Sebastian McCarthy Friday 25 October 2019 11:26 am Underlying profit before tax for full-year 2019 could be approximately 10 per cent below 2018 and its current estimate of market expectations of £135.3m, the board has forecasted. Synthomer’sshare price, which has plunged more than 26 per cent in the last 12months, has fallen 10 per cent today to 276p. It added: “Depressed European industrial activity combined with increased political and economic uncertainties have resulted in an overall slower trading environment throughout quarter three.” “The growing weakness in the global economy has created a more challenging backdrop for the chemical industry,” the firm said in a statement. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamaMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStorybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comJournalistateTeacher Wears Dress Everyday, Mom Sets Up CamJournalistatezenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comNinjaJournalistMichael Jordan’s Divorce Settlement Has Finally Been Revealed.NinjaJournalist Chemicals companySynthomer led the London Stock Exchange’s fallers this morningafter a profit warnings pushed down shares.last_img read more

Dunleavy administration seeks $500,000 contract for outside law firm to help with union lawsuits

first_imgCrime & Courts | Economy | Southcentral | Southeast | State GovernmentDunleavy administration seeks $500,000 contract for outside law firm to help with union lawsuitsNovember 7, 2019 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Attorney General Kevin Clarkson in January. The Department of Law, which Clarkson oversees, is seeking an outside law firm to assist the state in its effort to end automatic deduction of union dues. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration is looking to spend between $500,000 and $600,000 on an outside law firm to assist the state in its effort to end automatic deduction of union dues.The state posted a request for proposals for a law firm that has experience arguing cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.The contract would replace one the state has with a Virginia-based firm, Consovoy McCarthy. The state hired the firm on Aug. 2, six weeks before the government sued to immediately stop the automatic dues deductions. The Alaska State Employees Association has filed a countersuit.The state wants to be the first in the country to limit automatic deductions of union dues.Anchorage Superior Court Judge Gregory Miller issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday, blocking the state from stopping the dues deductions.Alaska attorney general sues to limit union duesShare this story:last_img read more

Alaska’s congressman missed votes last week. He could’ve voted remotely but he doesn’t believe in it.

first_imgCoronavirus | Federal Government | Government | PoliticsAlaska’s congressman missed votes last week. He could’ve voted remotely but he doesn’t believe in it.June 3, 2020 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, speaks at a Native Issues Forum in Juneau, April 5, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Alaska Congressman Don Young missed six out of six votes in the U.S. House last week. He could’ve voted by proxy, but he’s against the practice.Young announced Monday that he is adding his name to a Republican lawsuit challenging the new rule that allows House members to vote on bills without being present in the Capitol.Young, in a written statement, said last week’s Democratic rule change to allow proxy voting endangers the House.“It is possible to represent our constituents while respecting the Constitution and keeping Members of Congress and our staff safe,” his statement reads. “It is possible to represent our constituents while respecting the Constitution and keeping Members of Congress and our staff safe … . While this lawsuit continues, I stand ready to work in good faith with my fellow Members to protect our Constitution and this great legislative body.”Seventy-two Democrats voted remotely on Wednesday, the first time it was allowed. They had to send letters to the clerk naming another House member to vote for them.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats say it’s a smart way to conduct the nation’s business while reducing the risk of spreading the coronavirus.Minority Whip Steve Scalise last week urged Republicans to come back to Washington and vote in person. He is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which claims proxy voting is unconstitutional.Young’s office did not respond to questions about where he was or whether his absence had anything to do with the pandemic.Share this story:last_img read more

News / Autumn Statement: ‘We’ll take fuel tax freeze, but he could have done more for UK freight’

first_imgBy Alexander Whiteman 24/11/2016 Freight and transport lobby groups have claimed UK chancellor Philip Hammond could have done more to improve the lives of UK transport operators than simply news that fuel duty would be frozen for a seventh consecutive year.Responding to the chancellor’s autumn statement yesterday, Freight Transport Association deputy chief executive James Hookham said that while the freeze recognised the impact on businesses and families, a cut would have brought greater economic benefit.“The chancellor has understood the arguments made by the FairFuelUK campaign and fuel duty has moved from being a ‘sin tax’, like alcohol and tobacco duty, to being recognised as a core burden on families and businesses,” said Mr Hookham.“But the chancellor needs to continue that logic and recognise that reducing tax duty will bring even greater benefit.”Mr Hookham said he expected the freeze to result in savings of £9,000 a year for a typical 10-vehicle haulage fleet.Road Haulage Association (RHA) chief executive Richard Burnett echoed Mr Hookham’s stance, noting that a cut in fuel duty would have made a real difference for truck operators across the country.“But a further fuel duty freeze? We’ll happily take that,” he added.Mr Burnett said the freeze would help mitigate the 2% rise in Insurance Premium Tax, which he described as a “disappointment”.As a founder member of FairFuelUK, the FTA has consistently lobbied government for a 3p cut in the 57.95p per litre fuel duty rate, which it claims would deliver annual savings of £1,500 per 44-tonne truck.The FTA argued this would support transport firms that not only operate on tight margins, but also in an atmosphere of uncertainty following the Brexit vote.However, the chancellor’s commitment of an additional £1.1bn investment in local transport networks across England was applauded, with £220m earmarked for addressing traffic pinch points on strategic roads.“The increased spending on infrastructure is great news and we await the details of which specific road and rail schemes will go ahead in the next few days, but we are pleased that the east-west corridor investment between Oxford and Cambridge is going ahead,” said Mr Hookham.“Another priority for FTA is the route of the approach roads to the new Lower Thames Crossing between Gravesend and Tilbury.”Mr Hookham said that the FTA would be presenting a list of preferred schemes that most benefited freight movements to local highway authorities and devolved governments.The RHA said the decision to increase infrastructure investment would be welcomed by a haulage industry that is claimed to transport 85% of the country’s goods every year.“Roads are the haulier’s place of work,” said Mr Burnett. “Any measures to make their journey easier, more efficient and certainly more cost-effective will contribute greatly to the movement of the UK economy and help ease the cost of congestion.”Kevin Richardson, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), highlighted the £390m put aside for development of low-emission vehicles and the development of connected autonomous vehicles; £1bn to improve and develop digital infrastructure; and £450m to be spent on trialling rail digital signalling technology.“The importance of technology to develop a green, reliable and fit-for-purpose network across the country will only help contribute to raising Britain’s productivity,” added Mr Richardson.last_img read more

News / Carriers prepare for the slack season by blanking Asia-Europe sailings

first_img The Ocean Alliance is to cancel four Asia-Europe voyages early next month – two North Europe loops and two Mediterranean loops – as the peak season ends.The lines concerned, OOCL, CMA CGM, Cosco and Evergreen, said the blanked sailings were in response to “expected weak demand” after the China National Day “Golden Week” holiday from 1-8 October.So far, the 2M and THE Alliance members have not announced similar moves, but it is anticipated that they will follow suite shortly. After what looks like being one of the best peak seasons for several years the carriers want to protect as much of of their rate gains as possible.Indeed, a few weeks of soft demand and consequential plunging spot rates could put the container lines serving Asia to Europe on the back foot as the contract negotiation season draws near.Although they have loaded a much higher percentage of contract cargo this year than spot traffic, the latter is still regarded as a market influence on contract rate negotiations, so it is in carriers’ interests to keep these as high as possible.In this respect, there may be some concern in boardrooms at the trickling erosion of spot rates during the peak season and the inability to get 1 September increases in FAK (freight all kinds) rates to stick, despite high vessel utilisation levels.This week’s Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) records a 2.4% fall in spot rates to North Europe, to $886 per teu, and a 4% decline to Mediterranean ports, to $791 per teu. At the beginning of August, spot rates as recorded by the SCFI were $963 and $883 per teu, respectively.Nevertheless, today’s spot rates to Europe are somewhat healthier than a year ago, when the SCFI reading stood at $695 per teu for North Europe and $553 per teu for the Mediterranean.Meanwhile, there are mixed signals coming from the transpacific market. For the second week running, the Asia -US components of the SCFI recorded spot rate slippages for both US east and west coast routes.The SCFI recorded a spot rate of $1,495 per 40ft for the west coast and $2,280 per 40ft for east coast ports – a decline of 3.8% and 3%, respectively, on the week and follows big falls of 7.1% and 6.7% respectively the week before.Despite apparent strong demand on the transpacific, resulting in containers being rolled onto other sailings, carriers were unable to convert this supply/demand fundamental into higher rates and cancelled GRIs planned for mid-August and 1 September. By Mike Wackett 01/09/2017last_img read more

Officials work to speed up vaccine rollout as hospital workers sound the alarm

first_imgAdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Mobile pediatric vaccination clinic happening in Cape Coral Friday June 11, 2021 Lee County COVID-19 vaccine site moving to North Fort Myers this month June 13, 2021 Mobile pediatric clinic provides COVID vaccines for children 12+ June 15, 2021 Cape Coral doctor offers medical marijuana discount as COVID-19 vaccine incentive June 11, 2021 WASHINGTON — Hospitals around the world are sounding the alarm as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to push them to the breaking point. It comes as federal officials work to speedup vaccination rollout. Pharmacies can begin to administer shots this week, officials said.“No excuses, we should have gotten 20 distributed and 20 into the arms of people. By 20 I mean 20 million,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said.Federal officials are encouraging states to open vaccinations to more priority groups simultaneously and speeding pu a plan to administer shots in pharmacies. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement“These partners can then administer vaccine to groups like those over a certain age or occupations and eventually the general public,” Alex Azar, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, said.Nationwide, one person is dying of the virus every 34 seconds. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement AdvertisementTags: covid-19 vaccineVaccine RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

Internationally acclaimed movie filmed in Laois set for homecoming

first_imgHome Lifestyle Entertainment Internationally acclaimed movie filmed in Laois set for homecoming LifestyleEntertainment New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening The ensemble cast includes Norma Sheahan (Moone Boy), Liam Carney (Red Rock), Aoibhin Garrihy (The Fall), Anthony Morris (Games of Thrones), Seamus Hughes (Jimmy’s Hall), Liam O Mochain (WC), Brendan Conroy (Vikings), Barbara Adair (Grabbers), Sean Flanagan (Foil Arms & Hog), Mary McEvoy (Glenroe), Diarmuid Noyes (Borgia), Lynette Callaghan (Cold Feet), Olga Wehrly (The Clinic), Daniel Costelloe (Albert Nobbs) and Donncha Crowley (Fr. Ted).SEE ALSO – Our first ever camogie Team of the Year Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 26th September 2018 Pinterest TAGSLost And Found Twitter Pinterest Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, September 26, 2018Next articleCourtwood manager Kinsella aiming to bridge 31 year gap Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Council Facebookcenter_img Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Aoibhinn Garihy & Anthony Morris in ‘Lost & Found’ A film which was shot mainly in Laois will have its homecoming next month.Lost & Found, Irish Writer/Director Liam O Mochain’s 3rd feature film, will be in the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, on October 3 at 8pm following it’s critically acclaimed Irish cinema release in July/August.The film recently won best foreign film at the 2018 Arizona Internation film festival following its successful festival screenings at Dingle Internation film festival, IndieCork and it’s sold out world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh.‘Lost & Found’ will also be released in UK cinemas on October 19.Liam O Mochain said: “We are delighted that Lost & Found will screen in the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise. We had such great support from the people of Laois while making this film over the past 7 years.“I am really looking to forward to the people of Laois getting an opportunity to engage with the film and participating in a Q&A after the screening.”‘Lost & Found’ is a feature film with seven interconnecting stories set in and around a lost and found office of an Irish train station – mainly in Portarlington.All segments are inspired by true stories, share a theme of something lost or found, and characters that come in and out of each other’s lives. Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Internationally acclaimed movie filmed in Laois set for homecoming WhatsApp Community WhatsApp Community last_img read more

National Cup final heartbreak for Portlaoise Panther’s U-20 Women

first_img The Portlaoise Panthers team prior to the Hula Hoops Under 20 Women’s National Cup Final match Portlaoise Panthers 52 DCU Mercy 62Hula Hoops U-20 Women’s Cup FinalA Rachel Huijsdens inspired DCU Mercy claimed back-to-back National U-20 Women’s Cup titles in Tallaght against Portlaoise Panthers this afternoon.The Panthers were the better side in the first half and led for most of it before Huijsdens began to exert her dominance on proceedings towards the end of it.The Panther’s scoring rate slowed down in the second half and that cost them dearly as DCU pulled away to win.Jack Dooley’s Panthers side defeated Liffey Celtics in the semi final two weeks ago to reach the decider and that in itself was a truly remarkable feat given the age profile of the squad. The Panthers extended that lead on the resumption of play thanks to another delightful three pointer, this time from Sarah Fleming, along with baskets from Claire Melia.However, DCU Mercy went into this game as favourites as they were defending champions for nothing and they came roaring back to take the lead for the first time with two minutes of the half to play.Rachel Huijsdens, Nicole Clancy and Bronagh Power-Cassidy were all causing Portlaoise Panthers problems and their ability to score helped DCU into a 21-20 lead.Claire Melia, Ciara Byrne and Lisa Blaney all hit back for Panthers but a late Rachel Huijsdens basket sent DCU in at the half time break with a 27-25 lead.Unfortunately for the Panthers, it was in the third quarter where the game got a little bit away from them.They began it well with a three-pointer from Shauna Dooley and a basket from Gillian Wheeler but their shooting let them down in the remainder as the solitary Claire Melia basket was all they could manager.Rachel Huijsdens continued to torment Portlaoise and she helped DCU into a 37 to 32 lead as we headed for the final quarter.The Panthers needed a big final quarter and they made a good start to it with two Gillian Wheeler free throws. However, DCU continued to outscore them and with five minutes to play, they led 45-34.Coach Jack Dooley changed tactics to a full court press for the remainder of the game and that did yield extra baskets for the Panthers who closed the gap to eight at one stage.But DCU Mercy kept scoring down the other end and they ran out ten point winners in the end to reclaim the cup.SCORERS – Claire Melia 17, Gillian Wheeler 9, Sarah Fleming 9, Lisa Blaney 2, Ciara Byrne 3, Shauna Dooley 6, Jasmine Burke 2PANEL: Shauna Dooley, Jade Burke, Shauna Mulhall, Ciara Byrne, Amy Byrne, Gillian Wheeler, Jasmine Burke, Hannah Collins, Claire Melia, Lisa Blaney, Caoimhe Foynes, Sarah FlemingSEE ALSO – Incredible Irish Times feature looks into the life story of Stradbally’s €30 million charity donor Elizabeth O’Kelly Home Sport Basketball National Cup final heartbreak for Portlaoise Panther’s U-20 Women SportBasketball Pinterest Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening WhatsApp Previous articleMoment in Time: Laois Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in 2010Next articleSpirited Laois go down fighting away to Galway in league opener Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest TAGSHula Hoops National CupPortlaoise Panthers WhatsApp National Cup final heartbreak for Portlaoise Panther’s U-20 Women RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year By Alan Hartnett – 27th January 2019 Community Just two of the panel are up to the age of U-20 which means that the Panthers will be well placed to have another crack at this competition again next year.The Panthers made a simply brilliant start as the enigmatic Claire Melia got her first basket before Gillian Wheeler executed a three-pointer from the angle.DCU Mercy responded but futher baskets from Wheeler, Melia and Sarah Fleming left Portlaoise ahead by 11 to 8 at the end of the first quarter. Council Facebook Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

2019 Remembered: Clearing up the confusion surrounding the new age grades in GAA

first_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Home We Are Laois 2019 Remembered: Clearing up the confusion surrounding the new age grades in… We Are Laois By LaoisToday Reporter – 28th December 2019 WhatsApp Twitter 2019 Remembered: Clearing up the confusion surrounding the new age grades in GAA Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp The ruling says that a player must celebrate his 18th birthday prior to January 1st of that championship year to gain senior inter-county eligibility.Presumably for this reason, Courtwood’s Matthew Byron was replaced on the Laois bench by Graham Brody for Sunday’s clash with Westmeath.Byron, son of All-Star Fergal, is born in 2000 and therefore he is not eligible to play senior inter-county football the same way that Callum Brown was deemed ineligible.The suggestion made last week though that these players would also be prevented from playing U-20 football for their county is untrue – as they will.For club level, a player must celebrate his 17th birthday before January 1st of that championship year.In simple terms, a player must be 18 years old to qualify for adult inter-county and 17 years old be eligible for adult club football. A player must be over 15 and under 17 to be able to play U-17 and over 17 and under 20 to play U-20 football.SEE ALSO – Check out more from the 2019 Remembered Series TAGS2019 Remembered Pinterest With the introduction of the new GAA age groups came plenty of confusion!Over the past week there has been some confusion around the new age grades that have been introduced by the GAA, which include changes to both club and inter county competitions.The new grades have restructured the underage football competitions, seeing the minor championship scraped and replaced with an under-17 championship. Similarly the U-21 grade has been replaced by an U-20 competition.Those changes have taken place at an inter-county level, but at club level each respective county board have the decision over what club competition age grades are introduced.In 2017, Laois ran both a Minor and U-17 championship and it was also the last year of the U-21 championship. At inter-county level, both were also played. GAA Facebook Previous article2019 Remembered: Laois’s Top 10 Hottest Golden Oldies of 2019Next articleTwo local soccer clubs set to clash in Parish Cup for very worthy cause LaoisToday Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results There is a current proposal made by the Fixtures Review Committee in Laois that would see the U-21 hurling and football championships replaced by an U-19 grade.Age RulingThe question over the past couple of days has been regarding the eligibility of players at different age grades.The question arose after Derry’s 17 year-old Callum Brown was named on there McKenna Cup team, but later withdrawn after it was discovered he was too young. GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA Twitterlast_img read more