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Bosses to hire not fire

MORE Irish bosses anticipate hiring workers over firing employees throughout 2013, new research has indicated.

The study of Irish executives shows tentative optimism about the economy in the next 12 months. An investigation by Merc Partners found that 58pc of senior executives are upbeat about the economy. However, this level of positive outlook is down 11pc from the comparable survey carried out by MERC Partners in 2011.