Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said: “Ireland is now rated at A grade by two of the three main rating agencies, our international reputation continues to improve and the NTMA continues to do an excellent job in securing stable and low cost funding for the State.”

Noonan says upgrade reflects ‘significant progress’ made in repairing country

Rating agency Fitch has restored an A- ratings agency to Irish sovereign debt, citing an improved trend in the economy.

Agency cites improved trends in the economy

Brian Hayes MEP:  agitated about the Republic’s potential loss of its franchise at  the governing council of the ECB. Photograph: Alan Betson

Background: when Lithuania joins next year, the ECB will adopt rotational voting

Market boost from Aer Lingus came on the back of an upgrade from Goldman Sachs, with shares in the airline finishing 8 cent stronger at €1.35. Photograph: Frank Miller

Iseq dominated by news that Fyffes’ merger with Chiquita likely to dissolve

Junior minister Seán Sherlock, Minister for  Enterprise and Jobs Richard Bruton, Julie Sinnamon, chief executive of Enterprise Ireland, and Terence O’Rourke,  Enterprise Ireland’s chairman, and junior minister John Perry at the launch of the Enterprise Ireland annual report yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Amount of support last year was up from €5.2m in 2012

Dublin was by far the busiest port in the Republic last year, handling 6,651 ship arrivals and gross tonnage of 142.4 million. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

Goods ‘forwarded’ behind the overall 1.9 per cent drop

Aer Lingus shares closed 1.5 cent stronger at €1.39, while Ryanair shares added 11 cent to finish at €6.99. Photograph: Alan Betson

Airline share up as French strike ends; Kenmare rises on rejecting Iluka Resources

JP Morgan reit bookrunner says investors will seek track records

On a monthly basis, private rents were 0.4 per cent higher in May, while average general inflation was flat. Local authority rents were up 4.1 per cent annually in May and unchanged month on month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

CSO figures show rents up 9% in May but average prices up 0.4%

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