Ibec economist Fergal O’Brien: Ireland not at races when it comes to personal taxation. Photograph: Eric Luke /Irish Times

Expert says measures are highly protectionist in nature and favour bigger economies

Building materials group CRH tracked industry rivals to close 1.3 per cent down at €23.09. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

In Dublin, food group Aryzta had another bad day, plumbing a new 12-month low

National Lottery machine: in 2014 the business raised €195 million for  charity and sports, down from €205.9 million in 2013. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Fall due to millions spent as Premier Lotteries Ireland took over lotto from An Post

Aryzta chief executive Owen Killian is battling a fall in investor confidence. Photograph:Cyril Byrne

Food group also confirms Hilliard Lombard’s appointment to senior executive team

Latest KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI consumer sentiment survey dips slightly in September

CSO data show the number of claimants on register dropped by 3,700 in September

A worker assembles stand mixers on the production line at the Whirlpool . Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Investec’s latest Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index rises in September

The C&AG report reveals that while €217 million was disbursed to various sporting and charitable programmes last year under the umbrella of lotto funding, only €178 million came directly from the fund

Government says anomaly relates to costs of privatising National Lottery

Official figures suggest number of workers classified as unemployed fell by 800 in September

The ESRI study assessed inflation rates for low- and high-income households across two periods, 2003-2008 and 2009-2014

Study finds pattern reversed during recession with low-income families suffering

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen: her remarks that global weakness would not be significant enough to stop a rates rise this year removed some of the  markets   uncertainty. Photograph: Brendan Smialowsk/AFP/Getty Images

In Dublin, Aryzta falls again after announcing surprise sale of Origin stake

European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan said the digital gap between urban and rural areas must be closed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Siro has selected the village to pilot its fibre-optic broadband network

Parkside in Malahide: The 50-acre site has zoning for 433 homes and Cairn expects to complete the first 200 homes before the end of 2016

Recently listed group to sell initial phase of Parkside development in Malahide

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times  Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Organisers decide to hold prestigious tech event in Portuguese capital from 2016

 Origin Enterprises chief executive Tom O’Mahony, chief executive: said the company remains “highly cash generative” with a war chest for future acquisitions of €150 million. Photograph: Eric Luke

Agri-services group saw operating profit remain largely flat for the year to July

Future Finance plans to roll out service across Europe, with Ireland launching this year

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: the Irish Tax Institute expects him to implement tax cuts worth €600 million to €700 million in the budget. Photograph: Eric Luke

Marginal rate ninth highest in 34 OECD countries, pre-budget submission claims

China’s food safety minister Bi Jing Quan with CEO of Bord Bia Aidan Cotter and Wicklow farmer Joe Hayden

Bord Bia figures reveal Ireland’s booming trade with 13,100 tonnes in first half of year

 Maros Sefcovic, vice president of the European Commission in charge of energy union, with  Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White, at the Powershift ESB energy  in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

ESB chief executive predicts massive shift toward self-sufficiency in energy market

Mulling it over: the Fed has been telegraphing its intention to begin a modest cycle of rate hikes for months. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo

Controling inflation by manipulating the cost of borrowing is tricky business

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White:His department did not respond to a request for comment on the Now Ireland submission yesterday. Photograph: Peter Houlihan

National Offshore Wind Association of Ireland says this will result in hefty fines

Different vegetables grow in an automated greenhouse prototype by Agrilution in Munich, Germany

Fund offers up to €50,000 in support for successful applicants

Migrants cross the border line between Hungary and Serbia near Roszke village on Monday: Standard & Poor’s has said Europe’s approach to solving the refugee influx, if mishandled, might lead to  xenophobia. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Rating agency Standard & Poor’s report highlights risk of failing to adequately tackle issue

Applegreen: service station group’s shares fall another 2 per cent to €4.70

Brisk trading early on Wall Street before lag ahead of Thursday’s interest rate decision

 Dublin Port, view from the air. Photograph: Frank Miller /Irish Times

Latest CSO numbers still point to bumper year for export trade

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan Mr Noonan is scheduled to meet the heads of six banks over the next two weeks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

This follows concern about relatively high rates being charged variable rate customers

 Former Kildare footballer Dermot Earley: he said the €220 million figure was conservative given the growth in attendances. Photograph: Brian Lawless/Sportsfile

Gaelic Players’ Association outlines economic benefits of our national game

 Ireland remains the only EU state to be granted access to the US market since the BSE-inspired embargo of the late 1990s. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Coveney says almost 330 tonnes was exported to the US since the ban was lifted

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has warned there will be no “spending spree” in the budget. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins.

Stronger-than-expected quarterly accounts strengthens Coalition’s hand ahead of budget

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan welcomed the latest data, which he described as extremely positive. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

National accounts show economy growing at nearly 7% on an annual basis

Tom Moran, former secretary general at the Department of Agriculture. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Tom Moran appointed to French beef processor board as nominee of Dawn Meats

NTR chief executive  Rosheen McGuckian and chairman Tom Roche at the company’s EGM in Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Demerger will also involve a mult-million euro share redemption scheme

Chief executive Pat McCann: there will continue to be opportunities to acquire well located assets

Hotel group plans to issue 42.7 million shares at €3.75 per share

CSO figures reflect strength of recovery in motor industry

The yield being paid on sovereign debt has crept up amid increased market volatility

Dalata, which raised €256 million in equity in an IPO last year, has a portfolio of 46 hotels, half of which are located in Dublin

Hotel group is expected to raise a further fresh funds to buy more hotels

 For the first time, tonight’s Lotto players will choose from a panel of 47 numbers instead of 45. Photograph: Getty Images

For the first time, players will choose from a panel of 47 numbers

European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan expected to announce the advance on Monday.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Phil Hogan expected to announce series of measures to address collapsing prices

The operator has been under fire for a series of outages and technical mishaps, the worst of which resulted in the cancellation of a draw for the first time, in February.

Operator insists players were warned of the planned disruption in advance

Production figures represent a key gauge of the underlying health of the economy

High-tech and pharma firms are benefitting from increased global demand

Separate CSO figures, released earlier this week, puts the State’s unemployment rate 9.5 per cent, the lowest level in six years. Photograph:  Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

CSO data show the number of claimants on register dropped by 1,900 in August

The Department of Finance said the performance was consistent with the recovering labour market, solid employment growth and increases in average weekly earnings. Photograph: Bloomberg

Returns up 10% on last year as all four main tax areas ahead of target

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  is likely to face more calls for tax cuts on foot of the latest exchequer numbers .Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Latest exchequer returns benefit from spike in corporation tax payments.

The August reading was only the third time in 10 years that the monthly sentiment index exceeded 100.  Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Report says consumers remain wary about the scale and sustainability of recovery

Small monthly rise in August breaks 26-month decline

Aer Lingus surprised observers to close up 7.7 per cent at €2.67

UK stock market closed for holiday

Iseq heavyweight CRH had another good day. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

European shares ease back after 8% drop, as fears of slowdown triggered price swings

Meat exports have fallen from €15m to just €58,000.  Photograph: iStockphoto

Value of exports have fallen by 75% since Moscow’s ban on food imports from the West

Retail sales jump by a record 11.6 per cent in July

All three major US indexes were up almost 2 per cent on Thursday. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

European shares recoup this week’s losses following strong economic data from US

CSO numbers reveal average weekly earnings  rose in most sectors of the economy over the past 12 months.

CSO figures show construction workers are still experiencing sharp falls in basic pay

Latest Quarterly National Household Survey suggests labour market is continuing to recover

Latest official figures show prices nationally rose by 0.9 per cent in July

Dublin-listed oil and gas firm cuts pre-tax losses to $606,000 for six months to end of June

A  trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

US and European shares tumble and commodity prices slide amid growth concerns

Irish processors exported only 31 tonnes of beef, worth €194,000, to the US during the first six months of 2015. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Wexford company has already commenced sales to US manufacturers

Wall Street: US crude was at a six-year low, on track for its eighth straight weekly decline.  Photograph:  Peter Morgan/Reuters

Oil prices threaten to dip below $40 a barrel for first time since financial crisis

The State’s beef exports to the US were worth just €194,000 for the first six months of 2015. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

CSO figures reveal trade fell well short of Government’s €100m target by end of year

Central Bank figures show total household debt fell to €154.6 billion or €33,530 per capita

Glanbia’s managing director Siobhán Talbot: ‘We only use legitimate structures to support our international expansion.’ Photograph: Dylan Vaughan.

Managing director Siobhán Talbot responds to Luxembourg reports

Report suggests Britain may seek cheaper supplier after leaving EU

Report highlights meat industry’s reliance on exports to Britain

Siobhan Talbot, Glanbia managing director, said that the group’s first half year results show that its strategy is “on track”. (Photograph:v Dylan Vaughan)

Company’s half-year results show performance nutrition as biggest earnings contributor

 Rotbunt cows on the  Co Louth farm where a five-year-old dairy cow had contracted classic or typical BSE, a Department of Agriculture investigation found. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Reclassification from ‘negligible risk’ to ‘controlled’ status follows recent BSE case

 Lidl and Aldi face growing pressure to pay milk suppliers in the Republic more after they last week agreed to pay UK farmers  a minimum of 28p a litre, up from an average of 23p. Photograph: Ulrich Baumgarten/Getty Images

The discount retailers insist they are paying a fair price amid ongoing farmers’ protests

Cows being milked. Michael Hanley, Lakeland Dairies chief executive, says the EU failed to recognise the impact of geo-political issues.

Lakeland Dairies’ boss calls on EU to intervene directly to support prices

FBD closed 7.6 per cent up at €6.90 after falling by a similar margin in the previous session

In Dublin insurer FBD rebounds despite reports of capital shortfall

Asda says it will pay the guaranteed minimum price from Monday following talks with the National Farmers’ Union in Britain. Photograph: Reuters/Andrew Yates

Move comes after protests by farmers who have seen their milk margin hit by global slump in dairy prices

New Central Bank data provide more evidence of punitive rates being charged here

The EU accounted for €5.6 billion or 58 per cent of total exports in June, of which 15 per cent went to Belgium.

Latest CSO trade figures show value of goods exports eclipsed €9 billion in June

Latest CSO data suggest economy remains in grip of deflationary pressures

Recruitment agency Morgan McKinley says job opportunities rose by 16% in July

US president Barack Obama invoked his presidential veto to block the Keystone XL project on environmental grounds. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Researchers say link with coal, oil firms conflicts with planned low carbon economy

Slump in yuan impacts German carmakers and European luxury goods stocks

Protesting dairy farmers brought chaos to a Stafford Asda store when they marched two cows to the dairy produce area. Photograph: Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press

Farmers face heavy income dips and many may go out of business, milk suppliers warn

€6.38m lotto winner, Gerard Murphy (third from left), from Ballinrobe, Co Mayo, with his children, Jack, Ger, Laura and Dave, at National Lottery HQ in Dublin this week. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

PLI raises price of playing and lengthens the odds of winning outright

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney: Calls for an urgent increase in the EU intervention price for milk to avert a full-blown crisis in rural Ireland. Photograph: Darragh Kane.

Farmers braced for further price falls as post-quota era honeymoon evaporates

The effort to connect rural Ireland to high-speed broadband has been marked by failure. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Communications knows he has perhaps only one opportunity to get it right

Bloxham: Demise still being played out in courts. Photograph: The Irish Times

Stockbroker ceased trading in 2012 in wake of €5.3m hole in accounts

IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton and Frank Ryan of the IDA, at the mid-year review of foreign investment trends in Ireland.  Photograph: Sara Freund

Agency’s half-year review shows 110 projects had led to the creation of 9,000 jobs

The seal of the International Monetary Fund is seen on a headquarters building in Washington, DC on July 5, 2015. The euro was dropping against the dollar after early results of the Greece bailout referendum suggested the country rejected fresh austerity demands from EU-IMF creditors. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Washington-based fund cuts global growth projection slightly because of US contraction

Latest Consumer Price Index indicates the threat of deflation is receding

the company said it expects its pre-tax profits for the year to the end of June to be approximately €13 million. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /Irish Times

Recruitment firm expects profits for year to the end of June to be about €13 million

All 28 European Union leaders are due to meet next Sunday to discuss support for Greece. Photograph:   Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Merkel says finance available if Greek proposals ‘satisfactory’

British bank hires KPMG amid regulatory investigation into reporting of its accounts

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary attends a new conference in Copenhagen.

Airline to move its one Copenhagen-based aircraft to Lithuania in protest at ruling

An elderly man cries outside a national bank branch as pensioners queue to get their pensions in Thessaloniki on Friday. Photograph: AFP

Vote will go ahead on Sunday as legal challenge against referendum is rejected

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and  Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Food Tom Hayes at the launch of FoodWise 2025, a 10-year strategy for the Irish agri-food sector. Photograph: Alan Betson

Jump in primary food production likely to have major impact on environment

Kerrygold is one of Ireland’s most iconic food exports

Latest blueprint for sector, Food Wise 2025, was devised by 35 leading specialists

Activists have been calling for an 80 per cent reduction target in carbon emissions to be enshrined in Irish legislation, as it is in other European states. This has been resisted by the Irish Farmers’ Association, however. File photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Amendments made to Bill following criticism from environmental groups

Move reflects ongoing consolidation in food market

Analysts say Irish bond yields have held up well on what has been a turbulent day on the markets

Analysts say Ireland has decoupled from peripheral economies

The herd of rotbunt cows where the suspected case of BSE was located  in Co Louth. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson.

Case raises questions over how contaminated feed remains in system

Dublin-based Baywater specialises in treating and monitoring respiratory diseases

 Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis at the start of a special Eurogroup Finance ministers meeting on Greek crisis at EU council headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Finance minister says Athens would not accept any solution that it considered unviable

Ryanair had another electric day, closing up 0.6 per cent at a new record high of €12.34. The airline has been enjoying a strong week on the back of positive sentiment around its future earnings

Ryanair climbs to another record high in Dublin as sell-off in Aryzta continues

Department says first new case of disease for nearly two years was an ‘isolated’ one

The initiative marks an expansion of the GAA’s commercial relationship with Etihad

Suscription-based service reached an audience of over 600,000 people last year

 Mike McDonnell: chairman of Universal Talent Solutions HR group, with Phil Hogan EU commissioner for agriculture, and Martin Whelan, managing director of the group. Photograph:  Paul Sherwood

Butcherrecruitment.com developed to address difficulties in hiring skilled staff

Dominick Chilcott, British ambassador to Ireland, said Irish dimension to the Brexit debate was not being overlooked. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Irish Exporters Association conference hears of possible benefit for Ireland on a UK departure

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: the Government has signalled plans for an expansionary budget of €1.2 billion to €1.5 billion. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Nevin institute rejects the proposed 50-50 split between revenue and expenditure

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