Economist Jim Power said on Wednesday that the Government’s decision to award public sector wage increases is “worrying”. (Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times)

Jim Power calls for a general election by April 2016 and urges government to prioritise economics over politics

Medtronic, which completed its acquisition of Covidien earlier this year, is the  68th largest company in the world, with a market capitalisation of $111m.

Medtronic is in 68th position while Apple is still the world’s most valuable company

The Central Bank is warning investors about an unauthorised investment firm, Robinson Securities LLC. (Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times)

Robinson Securities LLC is not authorised by bank to act

According to Investec’s latest Purchasing Managers’ Index growth in the Irish manufacturing sector increased to 57.1 in May from April’s 55.8 reading, in a sequence of expansion that now runs to two years.( Photograph: Peter Kollanyi/Bloomberg)

Strong sterling to continue to help Irish exports

Pre-tax profits soared by 120 per cent at Newry based First Derivatives, as the financial technology group benefited from three acquisitions it made during the year positioning it for growth in big data. (Photograph:  Newraypics.com)

Stellar year for Newry financial technology provider as revenues soar by 19% and profits reach £17m

Chief executive Owen Killian said the decline in Aryzta’s North America business is expected to continue through Q4. (Photograph:Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times)

Food group is forecasting 5% reduction in full-year underlying EPS

The advantages of being married from a financial and legal perspective may only be evident “once or twice in a lifetime” – but these events tend to have huge financial significance. Photograph: Getty Images/Pixland

Matrimony is a legal contract which gives both parties new rights and obligations

Prices have come down for some things since the boom but the cost of living is still high

All you need to know about applying for benefits, the Habitual Residence Condition, and transferring your pension

The cost of childcare is very high, and competition for school places in many areas is fierce

Returning emigrants may be asked to pay a hefty premium for car insurance, but there can be ways around it

The two-tier private and public system in Ireland could be a bonus or a drawback, depending where you’re moving back from

Rent and house prices have risen considerably, especially in Dublin city

Irish Residential Properties Reit  chief executive David Ehrlich said the investment company would like to build 400-450 apartments on the Rockbrook site in Sandyford, Dublin, which it acquired earlier this year.

Density rules inhibiting development in Dublin, says Irish Residential Properties Reit

Ryanair’s results – with full-year profit  rising 66 per cent to €867 million – sent the stock soaring by as much as 8 per cent, with shares closing up 5 per cent at €11.40. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Impact of airline’s stellar results limited as Iseq gains less than 0.1%

The Marker residences on Grand Canal Square. Ires Reit is currently renting two-bed apartments in the development for upwards of €2,550 a month.

Investment company Ires Reit is reporting strong growth in rents as it targets bank funding of up to €385m

Travellers heading to the US or outside the euro zone will find their trip as much as 20% more expensive

Irish export figures have benefited from a weak euro vis-a-vis the US dollar, but the Irish Exporters Association warned that this may not continue indefinitely. (Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr./Bloomberg)

Government should instead develop a proper performance system with bonuses that reward higher productivity and sanctions under-per(...)

Top 1000 companies: 54%   hail from Ireland, accounting for 68% of jobs

Two-thirds of surveyed companies grew sales in last financial year, ‘Irish Times’ report finds

(Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES)

Firm’s payment services could have been used for money laundering and/or terrorist financing Central Bank says

First-time buyers continue to dominate the property market although latest figures show a slow return of property investors .(Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times)

Recovery could hit speedbump as figures don’t yet reflect Central Bank lending rules

Datalex chief executive Aidan Brogan. The company said on Tuesday that platform revenues rose by 17 per cent in the first four months of 2015, and it reaffirmed full year earnings growth of 20-25 per cent. (Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES)

Travel software specialist on track as it eyes full-year growth of 20-25%

Looking to 2016, Tommy Breen, chief executive DCC, said on Tuesday that the group anticipates that “both operating profit and adjusted earnings per share from continuing activities will be very significantly ahead of the prior year”. (Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / IRISH TIMES)

Operating profits up 10 per cent in results announcement as shares surge 13 per cent

Parents need to be cautious about supporting adult children financially

Fergal and Barry Doyle at Arboretum

Small Business Future ProofBarry & Fergal Doyle, Arboretum, Co Carlow

Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Dublin operation at Central Park office park in Leopardstown. The bank continues to reduce the scale of its Irish operations. (Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES)

Scale of Irish operation diminishes as assets fall to just €20bn, headcount falls by a third and bank pays dividend of $4.1bn to U(...)

Paul McNamara (left), chief executive, and John Gallagher, chairman, at the IFG Group annual general meeting in Ballsbridge, Dublin on Tuesday. The group said it is targeting “meaningful profitability” in 2015. (Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times)

Pensions specialist reports growth in revenues and profits in Q1 as it eyes acquisition targets and approves appointment of Deloit(...)

Glanbia’s global performance nutrition division delivered a “good performance”, as revenues increased by 2.2 per cent. (Photograph : Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES)

Group forecasts potential full-year EPS growth of over 20% due to exchange rates but is hit by falling dairy and US cheese prices (...)

Colette and Geoff Hall’s holiday home in Donegal: “Maybe it’s because it’s a traditional Irish cottage; people abroad are looking for something that looks Irish,” says Colette Hall, who has been overwhelmed with home exchange inquiries for the property

House swaps are retaining their appeal, but do homework before taking plunge

Telecommunications group said it “performed well” in 2014 but environment remains “challenging”

 The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland is calling for greater supports and “equality” for the self-employed. (Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times)

Representative body argues that self-employed pub owners are significantly disadvantaged

The NCH has secured a capital funding allocation of €  6m secured for the restoration of the Kevin Barry Room and other spaces.

Venue secures third highest attendance figures to date as box office sales reach €7m

Green said it has submitted planning applications for the development of 13-17 Dawson Street. It acquired the re-development opportunity last August for €23m. (Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times)

Property investment company has annual rent roll of €55m as it eyes acquisition of Cork’s One Albert Quay

Feargal O’Rourke: “One thing politics did teach me is that if someone looked me in the eye and said, ‘You’ll make a good senior partner’, they probably wouldn’t vote for me.” photograph: eric luke

He comes from one of Ireland’s political dynasties but Feargal O’Rourke took a different path and became a part-owner of Pricewa(...)

Dublin based provider of GPS-based fleet management systems reports strong growth as it forecasts full-year revenues of $281m

The financial position of Irish households is stronger than it has been in some time, with debt levels continuing to fall and dependence on property easing, according to new figures from the Central Bank.

Wealth of Irish households up 33% from 2012, helped by rising property prices

Kennedy Wilson completed  36 lettings at its Vantage apartment development at Central Park in Leopardstown in the quarter, and it continues to “drive rental growth”.(Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES )

Kennedy Wilson to benefit from rent rise as it targets planning application for Stillorgan Shopping Centre redevelopment by June (...)

In March Hibernia acquired Cumberland House,  a prominent seven storey office building with redevelopment potential.

Acquisition of two properties for €4.5m brings its total investment up to €523m

Kingspan CEO Eugene Murtagh. The insulation specialist reported a “strong start” to 2015 on Thursday morning. (Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times)

Insulation specialist enjoys strong start to the year, particularly in its key markets

All 192 rooms, which cost from €195/week are reserved, at the Montrose Student Residence near UCD> ( Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times)

Student accomodation, which offers penthouses for €280/week, is already booked out for September 2015

AIB’s mortgage rate cut last week is not enough to close the differential with European banks. (Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

SVR campaign seeks 3% cap and will consider running candidates

The Central Bank is warning consumers to be aware that Rosaleen Grier t/a Grier & Associates (Ireland) is not authorised to carry out the services of a debt management firm in Ireland.

Grier & Associates (Ireland) is not authorised by the regulator

CRH reported a “continued recovery in market conditions” in Ireland and said that it is “ well positioned to benefit from the modest growth”. (Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times)

Construction giant buoyed by strong US growth as it looks to ’modest growth’ in Ireland

When you open a safety-deposit box, you will be invited to list a number of people who will be allowed to access the box. In the event of your death, if no person is named on your account, the box will form part of your estate

As banks call for safety-deposit boxes to be emptied, private operators are moving in

The high-profile landbank occupied by the Clyde Court and the Ballsbridge hotels in Dublin 4, which is estimated to be worth between €120-150m, seems destined to accommodate 490 apartments as well as a standalone hotel and a range of retail, restaurant and leisure facilities.

Positive Q1 for hotel group as it says it wants to be involved in sale of former Jurys and Berkeley Court sites in Ballsbridge

Initiative gives buyers tax back on savings but not until after conveyancing

Some 20,000 new jobs could be created in the construction sector if the government was to implement a series of measures, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) said on Monday.

Industry federation is calling for more apprentices in order to boost employment

Fitch said that the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing programme is likely to support home price recovery, “partially offsetting the impact of the new mortgage lending regulation”. (Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times)

Ratings agency points to first improvement in arrears in mortgage backed securities since 2005

The Revenue Commissioners collected some €41.4 billion in taxes in 2014, up from €37.9bn in 2013.

More than €40bn collected as Revenue Commissioners embark on recruitment drive to hire 400 people

Jim Mullen, chief executive, said that the group’s decision to seek examinership in Ireland “demonstrates the seriousness of our intent and the speed with which we will execute.”

Examinership in Ireland ‘demonstrates the seriousness of our intent’ CEO says

If you are over 35 and hoping to buy a house, time is not on your side – nor are most of the banks

The Pensions Authority has warned that trustees are putting their members’ financial health in retirement in danger by opting for higher risk investments. (Photograph: Peter Dazeley/Getty)

Pensions regulator warns members over risky investments

Although still off its highs, the Iseq 20 has performed strongly in recent years, and is up by 20.1 per cent so far in 2015. (Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times)

Investors can access top 20 Irish stocks for annual fee of 0.49% as WisdomTree takes over Iseq 20

Ronan Murphy, senior partner at PwC, said that the increase in fees was “reflective of our recovering economy, continued investment by FDI and, more recently, greater confidence amongst the SME sector”. Photograph: Maxwells

Fees up 12.3% on 2013, according to figures from Top1000.ie database

Attending the launch of Ulster Bank’s new broker product are (l-r): Karl Deeter, MDC Mortgages Brokers; Jim Ryan, head of branch banking at Ulster Bank; Sean L’Estrange, head of lending and deposits at Ulster Bank; Des Healy, head of intermediary mortgage sales at Ulster Bank, and Trevor Grant, chairman of the Association of Expert Mortgage Advisors. (Photograph: Peter Houlihan, Fennell Photography)

Bank will pay brokers 1% to arrange its mortgages

Giving it back: credit card holders may be in line for compensation payouts of several hundred euro for having been incorrectly sold payment protection insurance

Some 160,000 customers may qualify for credit card insurance refunds

Irish technology firm CarTrawler, which produces car-hire software for airlines and travel agencies , is set to acquire US rival AutoEurope, with a view to creating a transatlantic industry powerhouse. (Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES)

Car-hire software provider is said to be in talks to acquire AutoEurope

So-called “non-doms” can avoid paying tax on their worldwide income in Ireland, thus avoiding the country’s high income and capital gains tax regime

Revenue figures show that just 13 people paid domicile levy of €200,000 in 2013

William Pitt the Younger: introducted of Britain’s first income tax but created the non-domicile regime to allow those with foreign property to shelter it from wartime taxes. Photograph: Edward Gooch/Getty Images

Background: Regime began in UK in 1799 and still applies in Ireland

Labour leader Ed Miliband plans to end the regime that allows those who are resident but not domiciled in the UK to avoid paying tax on their worldwide income. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Leader Ed Miliband pledges to end ‘non-domicile’ tax regime

A very weak euro helped Irish pension funds deliver strong returns in March, as quantitative easing saw the euro fall sharply against all major currencies, helping to offset negative equity markets. (Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters)

Weak euro helps Irish funds offset negative equity markets

Things that Irish Life cites as likely to qualify for a higher income are: smoking; high cholesterol; type 2 diabetes; high blood pressure and  those who are overweight or have very low weight

Irish Life offers up to 25% more in retirement for unhealthy clients

Employment across the services sector, including travel and leisure,  continued in March. (Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)

Euro zone business activity accelerated in March at its fastest pace for nearly a year

Dentist Dr Michael Crowe, at Ganter Crowe Dental Care, Lower Kimmage Road in Dublin, with Pamela O’Neill and her daughter, Laragh. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Diet, drinks and a limited public dental system are leading to dramatic increases in dental decay

Policies purchased 20 or 30 years ago can bite the client with huge premium hikes

Returns on savings could soon hit 0.5% so it might be time to start investing

Property is unlikely to play as big a role in creating and growing wealth

Ireland saw lowest growth in ultra-wealthy out of 100 countries over decade

Living here: Lida Douka, who moved to her employer’s Dublin office.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Dublin is a more expensive city to live in than Athens, but it’s hard to find a job in Greece – and staff may even struggle to get(...)

Despite new and welcome initiatives to diversify sources of funding, SMEs cannot but rely on banks to provide the credit they seek to function and expand, deputy governor of the Central Bank Cyril Roux told the audience at an event for the Leinster Society of Chartered Accountants on Wednesday. (Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times)

Despite the growth in alternative sources of finance, SMEs cannot but rely on banks to provide credit, the deputy governor of the(...)

Irish based life sciences company Malin raised €330 million from international investors in its debut on the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) on Wednesday, in one of the largest life science IPOs ever to take place in Europe. Pictured ringing the bell at the launch of the  IPO were An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD,  watched on by (L-R) Deirdre Somers, CEO, ISE, John Given and Dr Adrian Howd from Malin (Photograph: Colm Mahady / Fennells)

Flotation of life sciences company is first for Irish Stock Exchange in 2015

ESB’s chief executive Pat O’Doherty saidthat the results reflect “a solid performance across the group’. (Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times)

Company welcomes ‘solid performance’ in challenging year as operating profits dip 20%

CJ Fallon, originally established in 1927, is a widely recognised and respected business, with an extensive range of educational products including textbooks, workbooks, study guides, teaching materials and assessment tests.

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners acquires Dublin publisher for undisclosed sum

Those over 35 with no insurance on April 30th will face higher prices

It might seem premature, but starting early with a decent compound rate can really pay off

Peter O’Mahony, Founder of LinkedFinance.com and Tony Perrey, director at Pulse College at Windmill Lane studios, launching the largest ever peer-to-peer loan in Ireland.

Deal marks ‘significant milestone’ in Irish peer-to-peer lending sector

Jurys Inn operates 21 UK provincial hotels, four London hotels, five hotels in Ireland and one in Prague. It employs approximately 2,000 people.  (Photograph: Adrian Brown/Bloomberg News)

Competition authority cleared the deal earlier this month

Aryzta chief executive officer Owen Killian said that the results underscores the “substantial expansion” of its food group business over the last six months. (Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times)

Swiss based food group grows revenues by 13.6% but still misses analysts’ forecasts

Post January sales, the cost of clothing and footwear rose in February.(Photograph:Nick Bradshaw)

Consumer prices are down 0.5% on an annual basis although economists say no risk of `dangerous deflation`

Ireland’s cost of borrowing continued to fall to new record lows this week, following the launch of the European Central Bank’s €1 trillion bond purchasing, or quantitative easing programme, which commenced on Monday. (Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times)

30-year bond issued at yield of just 1.3 per cent as 10-year borrowing costs hit record low

Over 86,000 acres were offered for sale in 2014, the highest such figure in the eight year history of the report.(Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times)

Cost of agricultural land up to € 9,890/acre in 2014 report from the Irish Farmer's Journal shows

Origin chief executive officer Tom O’Mahony said it was a “solid operating and financial performance during the seasonally quiet first half of the financial year”.

Agri-services group grows its revenues by 2.7% in first half of the year but points to ‘challenging’ sentiment in farming

Strategy calls for abolishing of Clearing House Group

A major change signalled in the IFS 2020 report on the IFSC is the abolition of the Clearing House Group and its replacement with two separate bodies – one representing the private sector and the other the public – which will come together four times a year.

New strategy aims to kick-start the sector which is facing more competition

Move follows ‘unforeseen’ changes to joint venture

Pat McCann, CEO, said that Dalata performed “very strongly” in 2014, with all hotels showing revenue growth. (Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times)

Hotel group acquires Holiday Inn Hotel in Belfast for £18.5m

Free TV means you won’t get all the channels you’re used to but then you won’t be getting the bills either

Gary McGann, chief executive officer, Smurfit Kappa, said that the group’s acquisition of CYBSA  reflects its continued commitment to increase its market presence in the Americas. (Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES)

Acquisition of CYBSA for $100m will enhance manufacturing group’s presence in the region

Notable M&A deals in 2014 included the € 450m purchase of a stake in car rental service CarTrawler by BC Partners(Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES)

Mid-market deals drive the recovery with 81% boost in sub-€100m mergers and acquisitions

Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG), the group bidding for Aer Lingus, received a 29 per cent pay rise in 2014, as his total pay rose to €7.9m. (Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg)

Chief executive of group bidding for Aer Lingus

Aviva Ireland said on Thursday that while the company ended 2014 “in a good position”, it has more to do.

Financial services group reports 13% boost in profits to €69m as it benefits from strong growth in life and pensions

The weeklong gathering will feature over 50 events in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford, promoting entrepreneurship and showcasing Ireland’s startup sector to more than 15,000 people

Entrepreneurs and start-ups are being asked to come up with event ideas for the first-ever StartUp Gathering to be held during th(...)

Developers must embrace equity investment to fund projects or ‘face being left behind’

Sasha Wiggins joins the Dublin office from London, where she most recently served as managing director within the Barclays Wealth & Investment Management division.

Sasha Wiggins succeeds Andrew Hastings as CEO of Barclays Bank Ireland

Economist Dr Peter Bacon at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry on Wednesday.

Economist and Professor Alan Ahearne will be joined by Dr Peter Bacon

Inside Track Q&A: Gerard Egan, clinic director, MyDental

Fab.com is a design based ecommerce site selling everything from beds to carpet tiles to gadgets.

Move will give tech manufacturer another distribution channel for its products

Ryanair has called on the UK competition regulator to reconsider its decision to request it to divest most of its near 30 per cent stake in Aer Lingus in light of the recent bid for the airline from the International Airlines Group (IAG).  (Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire)

Airline calls on the UK competition regulator to reconsider its decision to request it to divest its stake following IAG bid

Dómhnal Slattery, CEO, Avolon, said the company delivered a strong performance against key financial and operating metrics in 2014. (Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times)

Chief executive Dómhnall Slattery says it has customers committed to leasing 31 aircraft worth $1.6bn

Providence Resources, the Irish oil and gas exploration and appraisal company, said on Tuesday that it is encouraged by early work on its Drombeg prospect. (Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke)

Exploration company says it has already attracted interest from international oil companies given the project’s ‘considerable’ pot(...)

Chairman Carl McCann said the food group delivered “a robust performance” in the 12 months to December 31st 2014, recording a 4.5 per cent increase in adjusted earnings per share in “a mixed year for the fresh produce industry”. (Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times)

Shares rise 5% in Dublin after solid set of results from fresh food company as it continues to eye up investment opportunities

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