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 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

The case centres on a five-year-old Robunt cow which was found dead on a dairy farm close to Louth village.

If positive, it will be the first case of BSE in Ireland for two years

The IMF used its third post-programme report to point out that solid progress toward a fiscal balance should be made while the economic conditions were favourable. Photograph: Reuters

Fund claims Ireland should be doing more to cut down borrowing

 Despite having the   largest population Dublin city has only been ranked sixth in a measure of  fast food outlets based on the size of population. Dublin city has   six McDonald’s branches.

Greatest concentration of big brand takeaways found in north Dublin town

Document pledges to preserve airline as separate operating business

Fruit distributor upgrades earnings forecast by 21% on better prices

Bank of Ireland traded up nearly 3 per cent, at 36 cents, having been down early on in the day

Dublin’s Iseq follows European peers in closing slightly up after topsy-turvy day

The latest case  is seen as a something of a setback for the industry, which had also recently won access to the fast-growing Chinese market.

As authorities here explore likely causes, US confirms latest case will not impact beef deal

John McHale (left), chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, and Graham Stull, EU Commission, at the Budget Perspectives conference in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council says Government is planning significant deviation

The report shows migrant workers in Europe as a whole sent home $109.4bn last year providing “a lifeline to more than 150 million people” globally. Photograph: Getty Images

More than 30% of the outflow from Ireland went to Nigeria, United Nations report shows

Move gives company a near 50 per cent share in Ireland’s retail convenience market

Latest CSO vehicle registration figures also downturn in car imports

Energy group establishes committee to consider various options

“Ireland’s economic recovery has certainly been identified by the global markets and foreign investors as a source of opportunities, which has led to an increased demand for detailed information and data on Irish companies”

New research underscores strength of Irish recovery

Report of a suspected case of BSE comes one week after Ireland was granted “negligible risk status” for the disease from the World Organisation for Animal Health.

Analysis: If confirmed, case will almost certainly see Ireland lose negligible risk status

 The Irish Financial Services Centre is now a major global funds industry hub

Record year of inflows underscores Dublin as major fund industry hub

Primary drivers of negative inflation were annual decreases in clothing, footwear and food

A new advisory council on climate change, tasked with overseeing Ireland’s transition to a low carbon economy, has been established by Minister for Environment Alan Kelly.

11-member expert group includes some of the State’s top academics

Aer Lingus inched up 0.6 per cent to €2.44 as markets digested the news that Etihad planned to sell its near 5 per cent stake in the airline

Dublin market dragged down by more poor performances from Smurfit Kappa and Aryzta

“If guaranteed independence is good enough for advice on the fiscal budget why not for climate policy?”

Government’s attempt to put State officials on new group prompts concern

Advisory council is seen as a landmark in the development of State’s climate policy

Ryanair  had a quiet day trading down 0.5 per cent at €11.70, which was roughly in line with industry rivals. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Dublin market slightly outperforms European peers

Prof Matthews’ comments are likely to prove controversial with those working in the beef sector here. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Prof Alan Matthews says most beef farms are not financially viable without EU subsidies

Latest CSO figures show labour market conditions are continuing to improve

The contract awarded by  South Dublin County Council, which is said to be worth between €75,000 and €100,000, was won by Dublin-based firm Espion.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Underbidder for tender complains over process

The latest figures suggest unemployment  is at its lowest level   since January 2009.

New CSO data series suggests State’s jobless rate is at lowest level since January 2009

John FitzGerald: said GDP, the standard measure of growth used internationally, represents a “seriously defective” indicator of Irish economic welfare . Photograph: Alan Betson

Inclusion in national accounts will make it harder to interpret data, says FitzGerald

Minister for Jobs and Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton

East Coast Bakehouse plans new product line for Irish and UK markets

Tesco: The British retailer reported a 6.3 per cent fall in Irish sales for the 12 months to the end of February. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

Supermarket blames poor trade for not giving dividend to 15,000 staff

Bernard Byrne  succeeds David Duffy who will step down as chief executive and executive director with immediate effect.

Predecessor David Duffy steps down with immediate effect

Central Bank is one of MKO’s clients. The Dublin-based accountancy firm is to rebrand as EisnerAmper Ireland. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Dublin-based firm forms global accountancy network called EisnerAmper Global

World-renowned economist Dr Arthur Laffer speaking at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin: “Ireland has an opportunity to really lead the world in economic growth and prosperity.” Photograph:  Shane O’Neill/Fennell

Reaganomics guru Arthur Laffer praises State’s efforts to defend corporate tax rates

Escher’s new contract to supply Permanent TSB with an updated payment services system is worth €920,000 to the Dublin-based software group. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Dublin-based software group hails contract as new departure for business

The legislation, which is expected to be enacted later this year, follows recommendations by the High Court’s working group. Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland.

Victims currently only receive lump sums, putting them at risk of running out

Up and away: Aer Lingus  stock closed  yesterday 1.5 per cent up at €2.43. Photograph: Alan Betson

Rise in the shares shows markets want euro zone to continue, says analyst

Latest figures for April show prices rose by 0.6% nationally and by 1% in the capital

The Department of Agriculture said it was working with meat processors to gain re-entry into the US. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg

Cork processing facility becomes the third Irish plant to regain access to US market

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton: said TTIP offered ‘massive opportunities’ for the Irish economy. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Proposed deal will open up EU market to cheaper US beef imports, association says

Ryan Pandya (left) and Perumal Gandhi of US-based company Muufri which has discovered a way to produce animal-free milk

Synthetic dairy products are being developed for the global market

Britain still ranks as Ireland’s main food export destination and by some way, accounting for nearly 40 per cent of all food exports.   Photograph: Bloomberg

Ireland’s export trade has remained remarkably robust throughout the economic crisis

Tadhg Gunnell, the former head of finance and compliance at liquidated stockbroking firm Bloxham, was adjudicated bankrupt by the High Court earlier this year.

Sanction, arising out of Bloxham’s collapse in 2012, is longest ever imposed by regulator

The High Court heard that Irish law only permits third-party funding of a court case where there is some form of connection between the litigant and whoever is putting up the money

Persona and Sigma Wireless, with third-party funding, suing State and Denis O’Brien

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney:  “When we bought the Uniq business in the UK four years ago, there were a load of unused tax losses and capital allowances and we’re simply working our way through those.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish food firm avails of tax credits at a UK subsidiary to cut its liability

Research centre will see industry and academia collaborate on specific health projects

Provisional figures from CSO show the value of exports for March was €9.06 billion

One Albert Quay will be Cork’s largest office space when complete

Property investment group agrees contract to buy One Albert Quay

Tricel’s managing director Mike Stack said the company’s success was fuelled by the recession

Company, previously known as Killarney Plastics, manufactures water storage tanks

A Glanbia worker  at its  Belview plant in Co  Kilkenny.

Move is designed to free up €238 million at a time of significant expansion in dairy sector

Latest figures suggest annual swing in prices is now at four-year low of -0.7 per cent

Goodbody said it was dealing increasingly in non-Irish stocks with international institutions, and the move, which is subject to regulatory approval, was designed with this in mind. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Brokerage describes planned move as a natural progression of its existing strategies

Figures show average variable rates in Ireland remain way out-of-kilter with euro area

Telecommunications group bought wifi provider to the hospitality sector in December

Ryanair chief executive  Michael O’Leary. Shares in the airline jumped 3.6 per cent to €11.21 yesterday on foot of a 2 per cent reversal in oil prices, which wiped out gains from the previous two sessions. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Strong punts on Ryanair and Smurfit Kappa sees Iseq outperform European rivals

Google regains top spot from Volkswagen in this year’s rankings. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

RepTrak study of corporate reputations also gives Google, Boots, Kellogg’s, Bord Bia high rankings

 Britain’s FTSE 100 index fell 0.8 per cent on the day of an election that could yield a weak government, propel it towards a vote on EU membership and foster Scottish secession .(Photograph: PA Wire)

Swift sell-off in bonds catches most investors by surprise

The  KBC Bank Ireland/Chartered Accountants Ireland survey indicated the number of firms reporting a difficulty in finding “suitably qualified employees”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Spring survey indicates possible tightening of supply in labour market

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the St Andrews Resource Centre for the launch of the new Low Pay commission erlier this year .Photograph: Cyril Byrne /Irish Times

OECD research suggests lion’s share of rise is eaten up in higher taxes and reduced benefits

Investec’s latest PMI suggests recovering economy is supporting activity

The ESRI’s study posits the notion that in 2004 Ireland was relatively new to immigration but by 2010 employers would have been more used to hiring foreign workers.

ESRI study paints complex picture of work-related discrimination in Ireland

European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici presents the EU executive’s spring economic forecasts during a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

European Commission highlights Ireland’s recovery in its Spring statement

Airline puts increases down to lower fares, better service and stronger forward bookings

Figures from banking group, however, show lending market remains strong

Central Bank governor confirms his plan to depart at the end of the year

Investec’s latest PMI suggest activity expanded in April but at a slower rate

Central to Bloxham’s demise was a €5.3 million hole in its accounts. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Fallout continues from implosion in 2012 of State’s then third-largest stockbroker

Prof Honohan probably wouldn’t step down immediately Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Central Bank chief plans to depart at the end of the year

Private equity firm says it has completed the disposal of most of its US trading operations

The figures show overall loans to households, which includes mortgages, decreased by 3.2 per cent in the 12 months to March.

Latest Central Bank statistics provide contrasting picture of Ireland’s credit market

 Carbery said price volatility in the food industry this year would be heavily influenced by post-quota milk volumes. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Cork-based dairy processor optimistic about post-quota era despite dip in turnover

Bank’s governor defends bank’s trouble lender policy as it raises €1 billion in new funding

Latest figures, however, show that when car sales are excluded there was a 1% fall in sales

Latest official figures show prices rose 0.9% nationally in March and by 1.1% in Dublin

The late Brian Lenihan, who was Fianna Fáil minister for finance in 2009.    Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

It was a bad year for the economy and for inflation and employment, but 2009 was also the year inequality fell to its lowest leve(...)

Micheal Savage, co-author of the  ESRI report ‘Crisis, Austerity, Recovery: Income Distribution through the Great Recession in Ireland’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

ESRI research appears to dispel widely held belief that those in the middle suffered most

Supermarket chain Sainsbury rose after deciding to axe 800 store jobs in a drive to cut costs. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Dublin market remain quiet but Dragon Oil benefits from industry-wide bounce

Belmond Grand Hibernian: the firm has refitted 11 Irish Rail carriages for luxury at a cost of $10 million.

Firm behind famous luxury train trip teams up with Irish Rail to offer high-end holidays

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