Eason: in discussions with Siptu over  “a small number of redundancies which arise from the restructuring of its head-office functions”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Union says plans to ‘unilaterally’ let go four staff without its agreement

Johnny Ronan: emergence with backing of an unknown partner is the latest move in comeback. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Former head of Treasury Holdings on shortlist to buy 2.35-acre Dublin site

A new National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen under construction in Bluffdale, about 40 kms south of Salt Lake City, Utah. Photograph:  Jimmy Urquhart/ Reuters)

Vahna said it received “significant investment” from IIU in order to fund expansion

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The fund run by Covestone beat rival funds managed by much larger financial institutions such as Davy, Irish Life, Merrion, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank and Zurich. Photograph: Reuters

Empiricus best-performing global equities fund, says investment tracker

Samples of standardised plain cigarette packaging. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ninth EU country to oppose proposals

Healthier Smoker Ltd made liquids used in e-cigarettes under a number of different names, including Purple Silk, Calm Desert Brand, Kamel Blend and Myfair E-juice.

Japan Tobacco International had alleged brand imitation by Healthier Smoker Ltd

Making it plain: cigarettes waiting to be packaged. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Tobacco giants believed to be considering suing Ireland if plan is implemented

MedicX has worked in Northern Ireland previously but has yet to make an investment in the Republic.

Fund in talks to acquire Michelstown Living Health Clinic

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen addresses a Senate banking committee hearing in Washington, DC, yesterday. She told lawmakers the central bank must press on with monetary stimulus as “significant slack” remained in labour markets and inflation was still below the Fed’s goal. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Speculation that Fed could raise interest rates sooner and faster than predicted

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