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Monday 23 April 2018

The Punt: He's just not into you, Tinder

Tinder has more than 150000 users in Ireland (Stock photo)
Tinder has more than 150000 users in Ireland (Stock photo)
Pictured at the launch of Lidl Ireland's Health and Wellness programme is Michael Lyster, RTE Broadcaster with Princess of Hearts (Barretstown camper) Emily Hopkirk (6), from Churchtown, Dublin.

Sometimes, you're just not looking for a relationship. Maybe you want different things, or, possibly, you're just not that compatible with one another.

Casual just fits some people better.

And that's why dating app Tinder has proven to be such a hit with some looking for the odd, eh, hook-up.

It seems now that the company's chief executive wasn't looking for a long-term relationship either, as former eBay executive Chris Payne has left the top post after flirting with it for just five months.

And the person replacing him is the very person whom Payne himself replaced - former Tinder boss and founder Sean Rad. Ohh, what a love triangle, although the language used wouldn't set any fires of passion alight.

"We mutually determined that this wasn't going to be optimal and thought that a quick transition served everybody best," the company statement quoted Payne as saying.

The Punt wonders how many other relationships forged as a result of the popular dating app also ended following a "quick transition".

Going large in Temple Bar

Its the kind of spending the Dublin neighbourhood usually only sees during a Premiership footballer's stag-do. The Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) has announced a €10m investment plan to expand its venerable offices on Anglesea Street, in Dublin's Temple Bar, into adjacent buildings on Foster Place, beside the former House of Commons on College Green.

"This significant investment will deliver the space we need for our continued expansion and increased staff numbers, combining state-of-the-art facilities, a prominent location and the retention of our strong historic links with the College Green area," ISE chief executive Deirdre Somers said.

The decision to stick with a downtown location and to use existing buildings for the growing business - staff numbers are up 40pc in the past three years - is especially welcome given the trend among financial and other services to shift out of the city centre and into new-build offices.

Building out from the property that has housed the ISE since 1878 certainly contrasts with the nearby Central Bank, which is in the process of moving out of its purpose-built 1970s HQ for plush new digs on the quays.

Store shows a Lidl heart

It's more than 325,000km to the moon, and staff at Lidl are going to walk the whole way, apparently.

The target is actually for staff to walk the equivalent of the distance to the moon, while remaining terrestrial. The health initiative will raise money for the Barretstown Camp for ill children and is part of the Lidl Ireland Health & Wellness programme.

The project was launched by RTE's Michael Lyster with Princess of Hearts (Barretstown camper) Emily Hopkirk (6), from Churchtown, Dublin.

The project also includes the country's largest corporate cardiac screening programme.

The heart screening programme is open to Lidl's 3,200 employees here and allows for the detection of underlying heart conditions that may lead to or cause sudden adult death syndrome (SADS) as well as helping identify cardiac abnormalities.

A mobile cardiac screening service provided by Laya Healthcare, travelling in a purpose built double decker bus, will visit 143 Lidl stores, warehouses and regional offices at 61 locations across the country over three months.

Irish Independent

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