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FIVE firms from Ireland have reached the final of the European business awards.

The firms were chosen out of 375 companies from across Europe. They include: Agile Networks, an IT company from Dublin; Belfast's AirSpeed Telecom; Cork-based provider of water and waste water treatment solutions EPS group; and the Irish Diary Board.

In a separate public vote, Co Roscommon company FCS Global was named as Ireland's National Public Champion.

Aidan Scollard, partner responsible for European Business awards with RSM Farrell Grant Sparks, said: "These awards are widely recognised as one of the most reputable in Europe."