Shoppers walk past and look at a board displaying food prices at a shopping mall in central Beijing. Photogrpah: David Gray/Reuters

Economist with Asian Development Bank explains Asia’s new-found spending power

Ireland’s beef trade is the single biggest component of the country’s €10 billion food and drink export business.

Farmers’ groups react angrily to potential impact on beef trade of EU-US trade deal

 Declan Farrell from Bord Bia, Gerry McNally of Irish Country Meats,  Xibin Chen of Heilongjiang Grandfarm Group China, and Wei Chen of China Meat Association. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Top meat industry official says demand for beef will only get stronger as incomes rise

Shia Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen, on Thursday. Oil prices jumped around the world after Saudi Arabia and its allies carried out the strikes. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Iseq index of shares fall 1.6% to 5,994 points in line with other European bourses

Simon Coveney said the Irish beef industry is already very engaged on the ground in China Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister also says he expects Irish producers to be selling beef into China by the autumn

Official figures show the State’s milk supply was more than 5 per cent over-quota at the end of February  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

With Europe’s quota regime ending this month, farmers have been ramping up production

Realex founder and chief executive  Colm Lyon. Realex can lay claim to being one of the few truly indigenous tech companies to make it big. Photograph: Brendan Lyon/Image Bureau

E-payments game turns gold for Realex boss Colm Lyon

The Realex payments management team:  Paul Davey, chief financial officer; Gary Conroy, chief operating officer; Andrew Yoakley, head of business development; Morgan Hammersley, chief information officer; Colm Lyon, chief executive and founder; Ciarán Cassidy, head of product management and Owen O Byrne, chief product architect. Photograph: Brendan Lyon/ImageBureau

Irish-founded payment company is being sold to US giant Global Payments

February CSO figures show residential prices down 0.4% nationally, 0.7% in Dublin

ISIF director Eugene O’Callaghan said the €50 million investment was consistent with the fund’s “double bottom line” mandate to seek both a commercial investment return and a significant economic impact from the investments it makes. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland Strategic Investment Fund’s investment is first since it was set up last year

Figures from Central Bank show repayments are continuing to outpace new lending

A TTIP deal could encompass almost half the global economy, potentially generating €92 billion in added output for the EU and US.

IFA launches position paper on transatlantic trade negotiations

Financial centre: Dublin still plays host to a huge funds industry, with the value of Irish-domiciled funds put at €1.3 trillion. Photograph: Frank Miller

Latest Global Financial Centres Index ranks Dublin 52nd out of 82

 Shareholders voted to retain chief executive Brian O’Cathain (above) at a shareholders’ meeting last month.

Explorer unveils changes in wake of showdown with Worldview

Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show the Dublin region had the highest average disposable income in per person in 2012. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

CSO figures also show Dublin accounted for 42% of the State’s total GDP in 2012

The Kingfisher well, Block 3A, jointly owned by Tullow Oil Plc and Heritage Oil Plc, sits at the Lake Albert Rift Basin, in Uganda. Photograph: Bloomberg

Oil firm is in the middle of major cost-cutting drive in wake of falling oil prices

Minister Coveney is joined at the official launch of Irish beef on the US market by two-star Michelin chef, Paris-based Jean Paul Jeunet, and Dublin-born Cathal Armstrong

Farmers’ association says real value is in lucrative mince market

Nevin Institute warned the Government’s narrative of recovery was masking sharp regional differences. Photograph: Frank Miller/Irish Times

Department hits out at report suggesting recovery only taking hold in capital and surrounding area

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls  and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters.

Ireland has a transparent tax system and co-operated with EU over last 18 months

International Financial Services Centre: economic recovery is almost exclusively concentrated around Dublin and its hinterland, with stagnation and decline persisting in most other regions, according to a report by the Nevin Economic Research Institute. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Nevin Economic Research Institute says recovery narrative masks regional differences

 UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne holds the dispatch box containing the 2015 budget outside 11 Downing Street in London yesterday. He has proposed a 25 per cent  tax to tackle brass-plate operations that “lack economic substance”, with the aim of raising £25 million (€34.47 million) in its first year. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

New penalty tax on artificial shifting of profits abroad to become law this month

While milk prices have steadied in the first quarter of 2015, they are still some way off their peak.  Photograph: Nigel Marple/Reuters

Irish dairy farmers will have to surf turbulent times to exploit long-term growth

Retailers claims they have suffered a fall-off in lotto sales since the transition to a new technology. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Private operator hints at future plans and defends franchise against recent criticism

Despite February’s drop, the underlying trend in Irish consumer sentiment remains positive. Photograph: David Sleator

Latest latest KBC Bank/ESRI Consumer Sentiment Index falls in February

Currently, the Irish electricity market is one dominated by a single firm, the ESB, whose impact is minimised through regulation. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

ESRI says proposed changes to market will make costs and prices less transparent

The Agent Council said while there had been teething problems with the lottery’s new technology platform, the issues were being exaggerated.

War of words as Lotto officials prepare for Oireachtas showdown

Management buyout: Carlyle Cardinal Ireland is understood to be backing a management buyout of Tullamore-based Carroll Cuisine from Swiss-Irish food giant Aryzta.

MBO deal values Tullamore-based company at up to €50m

Irish pharmaceuticals group says it raised the capital through new and existing investors

Operating in Ireland since 1989, Northern Trust provides asset and fund administration services to businesses and individuals.

Group's second major expansion in recent years will bring Limerick workforce to over 1,000

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Photograph: Frank Miller /	Irish Times

Secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure issues warning to unions

Franchise confirms a portion of its retail network was knocked out for two hours

SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell said the so-called ‘Brexit’ possibility transcended traditional divisions on the islands

Speakers voice concern over Brexit at annual British-Irish chamber of commerce conference

Latest CSO numbers show monthly sales fell when motor trades are excluded, however

The new posts are across all functions including customer experience, human resources, finance, trust and safety and IT

Company has its European headquarters in Ringsend

Eircom directors pictured at the company’s last agm. The company said on Friday its broadband customer base rose by 30,000 over second half of 2014.

Telecoms company sees fixed line access decline by 22,000 in second half of 2014

Nick Ashmore, CEO of Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Backed by Euro bucks, the SBCI is Ireland’s big bid to get banks lending to businesses. It’s boss says they’ll be watching closely(...)

Ryanair: the low-cost carrier saw its shares fall 7 cent to €9.96, which was roughly in line with other airline stocks. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Dublin’s Iseq index underperforms European bourses but remains positive

CSO figures show average weekly earnings, rose in most sectors of the economy last year

The report by Community Foundation for Ireland found public transport services were  a top priority, followed by the quality of education, walking, early childhood development, mobility and transport for older people, literacy levels and the affordability of everyday life. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Vital Signs’ report suggests people are most unhappy with housing

The research suggests those in the middle suffered the greatest contraction in wealth as a result of the downturn.

Research paper partly upholds squeezed middle theory

 Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh: “I would say that we are done with large-scale acquisitions for the time being. There is a lot of integration involved in those two transactions, that will be our priority.”     Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Group to spend about €60m this year on capital projects, less than half of last year

An architect’s drawing of the proposed €850 million Apple data centre Athenry, Co Galway.

Athenry facility, to be operational in 2017, will help run its online services like iTunes and maps

Kingspan’s chief executive Gene Murtagh said conditions in our core markets are improving. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Building materials group says Irish market is gradually rebuilding itself after crash

Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan , said he was surprised at the lack of  consultation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / Irish Times

Letter followed announcement of initiative to aid first-time buyers with their deposits

Research was based on data from Community Innovation Survey data over the period between 2004 and 2008.   Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

ESRI-backed research finds correlation between internationalisation and productivity

Ryanair put in another strong performance, on back of steady volumes, closing the day 29 cent or 3.3 per cent up at €9.96 following a sector-wide trend. Photograph: Robin Townsend/EPA

Investors remain wary after Germany rejects Greek proposal to extend its bailout

One of the main drivers behind the negative price growth was a 2.4 per cent fall in the price of food

Inflation sinks to -0.6% on falling oil prices, raising fresh fears of prolonged deflation

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has welcomed the decision by AIB to match the discount offered on the €200 million that the bank is drawing down from the SBCI

State-backed bank will channel €400m into sector via AIB and BoI

State agency says payment reflects improved outlook for repaying its senior debt

Secondary-school  teachers protest outside the gates of Newpark Comprehensive school, Blackrock in March last year.

CSO figures show disputes in education sector accounted for over half of days lost

Department of Finance seeks submission on impact of using tax to address housing shortage

Survey by Pallas Foods published to coincide with 3-day food service industry event

Brian O’Cathain chief executive Petroceltic. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Explorer is trying to fend off moves to oust its chief executive Brian O’Cathain

Latest CSO figures underscore role of big pharma in Irish economy

Luck of the draw: last week’s Lotto was postponed after a glitch

Systems crash has led people to ask if it was right to privatise the National Lottery franchise

Latest data show split mortgages are second most popular restructuring option

“To a degree Ireland has managed to persuade people to locate activities in the IFSC here in Dublin, which are satellite activities for things that are going on in London”

Colm McCarthy describes prospect of Britain leaving the EU as ‘remote but not entirely unlikely’

Worldview blames Petroceltic chief executive Brian O’Cathain for a string of alleged corporate governance failures. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Swiss investment group calls on shareholders to oust chief executive Brian O’Cathain

 National Lottery machine.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Newly installed lottery regulator requests report on issues which forced postponement

Lakeland Dairies

Investment, which creates 81 jobs, comes ahead of abolition of milk quotas

Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture: “This visit to the US represents a huge opportunity to promote Irish beef in one of the most valuable markets in the world.” Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Minister plans to build on Ireland’s ‘first-mover’ advantage in market

Central Bank publishes first Consumer Protection Outlook report

Manufacturing at the Combilift Forklifts. Photograph: Dave Sleator/Irish Times

Combilif to unveil plans for new €40 million plant to be built near the Monaghan bypass

Premier Lotteries Ireland was already under fire over the roll-out of new technology before it was forced to cancel Wednesday’s draw. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Company faces serious reputational damage if it does not fix situation quickly

Technical problems forced the cancellation of Wednesday night’s weekly lotto draw, which had a jackpot of almost €10m

Problems that forced the Lotto to be moved to Thursday have proven lucky for one ticket holder

The National Lottery said at least 3,500 agents across its retail network had been left without  service

Midweek draw will be held tonight because of outage which downed terminals

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney,  today announced a €10 million plan to upgrade Teagasc’s food technology plant in Fermoy, Co Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Investment by Government and industry to position Ireland as a world leader in dairy innovation

The median LTV ratio for Irish owner-occupier mortgage holders was found to be 72.9 per cent, nearly twice the euro zone equivalent

CSO survey graphically illustrates the plight of Ireland’s squeezed middle

Company which employs 2,000 staff here, says its underlying revenue was flat for quarter

Michael Carvill , managing director Kenmare Resources. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/Irish Times

Exploration company has been hit by the fall in commodity prices

Craig Beaumont, head of the IMF’s mission to Ireland, said the strength of GDPgrowth had surprised most observers and was ahead of his organisation’s projection. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Washington-based fund suggest GDP is being distorted by off-shore manufacturing

Aer Lingus had another weak session falling nearly 6 per cent to €2.32

Aer Lingus had another weak session falling nearly 6 per cent to €2.32

A CSO survey has revealed that the burden of debt carried by Irish mortgage holders relative to the value of their homes is the highest in the euro area.  Photograph: Frank Miller / THE IRISH TIMES

CSO study provides key snapshot on financial status of Irish households

Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan said new measures were not an attempt to micro-manage lending into property market

Documents reveal Central Bank pressed ahead with lending curbs despite opposition

Patrick Coveney tells AGM company lost media war after sourcing workers in Hungary

Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland says Central Bank’s lending proposals too restrictive

Chief executive of Greencore Patrick Coveney. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /Irish Times

Convenience food group records quarterly revenues of £331.9 million

Bord Bia and six meat firms exhibit at biennial Sirha gathering in France’s gastro capital

The new technology underpinning the State’s largest gaming franchise has been the source of controversy since its instalment late last year. Photograph: istock

Franchise criticised over new technology platform rolled out late last year

Head of the leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras waves to his supporters during a party election rally in central Athens  ahead of Greece’s general election on January 25th.

Report assesses whether rise of eurosceptic parties could trigger another debt meltdown

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton  said at the heart of our jobs plan is developing a powerful engine of Irish enterprise. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / Irish Times

Brite:Bill is looking to hire recruits on foot of winning lucrative contract in North America

Christmas shoppers contributed to the largest quarterly retail rise since 2007. Photograph: Eric Luke

Retail Excellence Ireland figures suggest gains came from discounting

For sale signs are posted outside homes in London, UK. Photographer: Suzanne Plunkett/Bloomberg News

Eurostat figures show house prices here rose by 15% in the 12 months to end of September

Bord Bia expects new schem too benefit at least eight   Irish businesses this year

Agency’s ‘Step Change Programme’ aimed at companies with turnover between €100,000 and €5m

Survey by Central Bank anticipates tighter credit standards loans for house purchases

Retailers claim the new Lotto ticket terminals, touted in advance as state of the art, are plagued by technical glitches, causing them to crash frequently. Photograph: istock

Technical glitches have caused drop in sales, retailers claim

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton welcomed the announcement that Zimmer is to create 250 jobs in Co Galway

Company established a manufacturing facility in Shannon in 2007

The Swiss National Bank scrapped its euro cap on the franc and drove Swiss stocks down nearly 9 per cent, their biggest one-day percentage fall for at least 25 years. One trader described the central bank’s move as “carnage”. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Move sends most European shares soaring as bond yields and Swiss equities tumble

One retailer had suffered 50 system crashes since the new National Lottery machines were installed in his shop. Others said they were rebooting the machines themselves because of the slow response times from  a dedicated helpdesk.

Ticket terminals crash easily and frequently fail to scan, retailers say

The most notable changes in the year were decreases in transport which fell by 3.8 per cent primarily as a result of falling oil prices.

Latest CSO numbers suggest economy is now in the grip of deflationary pressures

The report found the average level of debt on all farms in 2013 was €24,000, with dairy farms recording the highest level of debt at an average of €62,000

Study suggests farming sector has remained insulated from rampant level of borrowing in other sectors

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan says he wants to ensure the Irish scheme represents “a best in class offering”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Tax is intended to take the place of the controversial ‘Double Irish’ mechanism

 Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs  at the publication of the IDA 2014 end of year update on FDI trends in Ireland and outlook for foreign investment in 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Guidewire, which develops software for insurance industry, plans to begin recruiting immediately

 A Permanent TSB office on Dublins Grafton Street.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Lender offers new customers €1,000 towards legal fees

Goldman Sachs   was appointed by the Department of Finance following a tender process. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

US bank will advise on how best to reconfigure lender’s capital stucture in advance of sale

Research also suggests only a third would risk asking for a pay rise

Goodbody noted that investment demand would continue strongly this year with construction taking over as the main driver.

Goodbody predicts another strong year but warns of mounting spending pressures

Bord Bia seminar highlights potential of US market for Irish beef producers. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Irish Times

Experts at Bord Bia seminar highlight potential of re-opened US beef market

Monthly production figures provide key gauge of the economy’s underlying health. Photographer: Giuseppe Aresu/Bloomberg News

Latest official numbers suggest State’s recovery is continuing to gain momentum

Fionnan Sheahan replaces Claire Grady, who unexpectedly stepped down as editor in August after just a year in the job.

Media group goes inhouse in appointing editors for Sunday and daily titles

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