Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Ireland’s government deficit amounted to €2.4 billion in the first quarter of this year, representing 5.6 per cent of GDP.  Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

CSO says general Government net debt stood at €160.9 billion in first quarter of 2014

Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has forecast Irish house prices to increase by 4 per cent this year. Photo: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ratings agency forecasts house price growth of 2 per cent for 2015, down from 4 per cent this year

The volume of retail sales rose by 4.8 per cent in June, when compared to the same month last year. Photo: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Excluding the sale of motors, there was no monthly change in the volume of sales

Sinead Heaney, 	founding director of the €75 million BDO Development Capital  fund. Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Firm receives €8m from BDO Development Capital fund to drive international expansion

Irish entrepreneur Philip Martin who has used crowdfunding sites Linked Finance and Crowdcube to raise money for a burrito bar and a tortilla manufacturing venture

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