“The main meal was over, some of the children were playing football on the all-weather pitch, and it was still warm enough to stretch out on the grass and take in the blue and green of the idyllic countryside, when a loud noise drowned out the sound of laughter and birdsong. It was a drone.”

Who will rid us of this buzzing nuisance?

Workers on strike at the Greyhound Recycling and Recovery buildings at Knockmitten Lane protest as replacement workers operate the waste collection trucks yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cost-cutting has led to environmental breaches and staff pay dispute

Workers on strike outside the Greyhound Recycling and Recovery buildings at Clondalkin Industrial Estate, near Crag Crescent, yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Calin Bogdan not on State list of licensed employment agents and agencies

Former Quinn Group chief executive Liam McCaffrey: “We are hopeful that if the deal goes ahead, ourselves, management and Endless will invest further in developing the company and creating new jobs.” Photograph: Collins

Offer of £80m-£90m for former Quinn packaging/construction supplies divisions

Some of the Quinn Group premises are on the farm where Séan Quinn grew up, land that the entrepreneur hasn’t been allowed walk on since April 2011. Photograph: Alan Betson

Analysis: former managers and locals buy everything except glass division

Shares in Air France-KLM slumped the most since October 2011 after saying earnings will be hurt amid overcapacity on North American and Asian routes, poor demand for freight and the fallout from a dispute with Venezuela. Photograph: AP Photo/Francois Mori

Bad news and lowered expectations drive down prices in 18 European markets

Microsoft Luxembourg Sarl, one of four Microsoft subsidiaries in the Duchy, is in turn a subsidiary of an Irish Microsoft company that has a €15 billion turnover. The Irish company received royalty payments of €368 million from the Luxembourg operation in its most recent financial year. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Luxembourg subsidiary is owned by Irish Microsoft company with €15bn turnover

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Ibec says he needs to start planning for growth. Photograph: Eric Luke

Analysis: employers’ group believes Ireland is heading for two decades of growth

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy: “We have an opportunity to put fresh momentum behind Ireland’s recovery. Now is the time to draw a line under the period of painful austerity.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government can end austerity and still hit budget target, employers’ body claims

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