Ulster Bank staff will receive a once-off pre-Christmas payment of €700 as part of the deal. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Agreement will see staff get first pay rise in more than three years

Recession or no recession, study finds Ireland tops Christmas spending league

Food waste occurs in many ways such as when farmers dump ugly vegetables or supermarkets dump unsold stock

Food waste conference organised by EPA’s Stop Food Waste campaign hears of progress

Heineken beer on sale at the bargain price of €2.95 at the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dublin bar owners were concerned the UK chain was getting a preferential price

CSO report details importance of smaller businesses to economy

Ray Conner, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (left) reacts during a news conference with Domhnal Slattery, chief executive officer of Avolon Leasing Group. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Flotation the largest ever by an Irish-founded company on the US market

Lotto sense: While higher ticket prices will, in theory, generate bigger jackpots they could also alienate recession-weary Irish punters. Photograph: istock

While higher prices could lead to bigger jackpots, the move could alienate recession-weary punters

Seán O’Driscoll, group chief executive, Glen Dimplex Group, said testing the technology on a large scale would accelerate innovation

New ‘game-changing’ energy storage system developed by Irish firms to be piloted

The largest settlement made with the Revenue was by fair and amusement arcade operators Groundview Limited. Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

Revenue Commissioners’ 107-strong list made settlements totalling €19.64m

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