The Irish medtech industry employs 27,000 people, making Ireland the second-largest medtech employer in Europe on a per capita basis, second only the Switzerland

Ibec group warns traditional business model becoming obsolete because of smart tech

Icos wants government to roll-out new income stability tool

Property group had net assets worth €435 million at the end of December

Bloxam stockbrokers: The firm was wound up in 2012 following the discovery of financial irregulatories

Danish lender claims to have floating charge on liquidated stockbroker through loans

Recruitment agency Morgan McKinley says January saw a 37% jump in vacancies

 In Dublin, where demand for housing is strongest, new housing represented 16.9 per cent of all buildings under construction in the State. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

New research suggests number of property transactions has not recovered from crash

Out of reach: “It’s completely unaffordable for a single person today on average earnings to purchase a house,” says Annette Hughes of the DKM economic consultancy. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The rise in property prices is likely to continue, economists predict

Actor Willem Dafoe in a scene from a Snickers Super Bowl 50 spot. Super Bowl 50, between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, will be played Sunday

Biggest event in US sports expected to be watched by record audience

ComReg has been strongly criticised for taking too long to adjudicate on complaints that Eir is abusing its dominant position in the market. Photograph: Karl Hussey/Fennell Photography

Rival telecoms firms claim Eir is abusing its dominant position in the market

 Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador to Ireland .Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

British ambassador hails landmark proposals to keep UK within EU

Cheddar cheese manufacturer generated turnover of €75.7m in 13 months to May of 2015

Head of business energy at SSE Airtricity Stephen Gallagher (left) with Aviva Stadium director Martin Murphy.

Stadium’s power to come solely from renewables under new deal with SSE Airtricity

A surge in corporate tax receipts last year has been linked to a move by Apple to shift some of its intellectual property  rights here in wake of global moves to clamp down on multinational tax avoidance under the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting  initiative. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

A 15 per cent rate could have reduced foreign firms locating here by 22%, ESRI suggests

IFA Carlow chairman Derek Deane called for a review of the election rules.

Carlow chairman Derek Deane calls for review of rules governing IFA elections

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with  Jer Bergin from the Irish Farmers’ Association.

Taoiseach admits banking inquiry was limited and constrained in its investigation

Chairman Ciaran Lynch TD (centre) and members of the inquiry at the publication of the Oireachtas banking inquiry report at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It’s been more than 18 months in the oven but what’s new

 Brian Cowen former taoiseach at the Dail for the banking inquiry .Photograph: Cyril Byrne / Irish Times

Inquiry report finds FF-led government was assured about underlying health of banks

 Central Bank Governor  Philip Lane  . Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Governor Philip Lane publishes salary scale in move to boost transparency and says bank will hire more employees

Telecoms provider says move will affect approximately 490,000 residential customers

No winner of draw for €12m jackpot ahead of which ticket machines and website were down

Former Irish Farmers’ Association general secretary Pat Smith and former president Eddie Downey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Pay controversy seen as threat to voluntary payment which is vital source of income

Some 55% of firms indicated that wages  are the area of costs under most upward pressure

Business sentiment survey links trend to upward pressure on wages and weaker euro

The City Reptrak index for 2015 saw Dublin rise five places from last year, with a score of 72.68 out of 100. Photograph: David Sleator

Irish capital scores well on aesthetics but only average on technological advancement

Dublin’s Iseq tracked the global sell-off and  Ryanair finished the day down 2 per cent at €14.40

Disappointing US data and falling oil prices cap off difficult week for stockmarkets

The main driving force behind Ireland’s strong trading performance was once again big pharma

CSO numbers show value of goods exports rose by 21% to €102bn in year to November

 Fergal O’Brien: “I don’t think China has slowed to such a degree that it is now a major risk for exporters.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Trading position here more linked to events in North American and European markets

 Minister for Agriculture  Simon Coveney: The IFA wants the Government to make a submission to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission through the Minister   on the importance of guaranteeing competition in processing and rendering. Photograph:  Gary O’Neill

Coveney urged to take step in after ABP’s plan to buy stake in Slaney

Exports of Irish beef rose 6 per cent in 2015, new figures show

New figures from Bord Bia show exports to the US increased by 40% last year

Glanbia’s leading dairy brand enjoys bumper Christmas sales

David Bowie was the first major artist to securitise royalty streams, selling $55 million worth of “Bowie Bonds” in 1997. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

He was the first major artist to issue bonds, selling $55m worth of “Bowie Bonds” in 1997

Following a two-day appeal hearing last month the Certified Public Accountants reversed its findings against its former president  Tom Keane.

Certified Public Accountants (CPA) institute reverse original findings against Keane

Carlow IFA chairman Derek Deane. Photograph: Alan Betson

Carlow chairman destined not to take part in election despite prompting pay revelations

The IFA’s Carlow chairman, Derek Deane, failed to get the required backing of at least six county executives ahead of Wednesday’s deadline for nominations, ruling him out of the race.  Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Derek Deane says potential backers were prevailed upon to withhold their support

Unemployment rate holds steady at seven-and-a-half-year low of 5 per cent

CSO cautions about monthly volatility of the modern sector

 Larry Goodman of ABP Group: company intends to acquire a 50 per cent stake in Slaney Foods not yet lodged a formal submission. Photograph:  Matt Kavanagh

Larry Goodman group has yet to formally notify agencies of planned 50% acquisition

Derek Deane: Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish  Times

Carlow chairman Derek Deane launches appeal after intially failing to get required backing

Former  IFA president Eddie Downey. File Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Henry Burns, Flor McCarthy and Joe Healy seek to succeed Eddie Downey

IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan. The State body said firms it supports created just under 19,000 jobs last year

Latest IDA numbers show employment in multinational sector rose to 187,000 in 2015

  Taoiseach Enda Kenny   ahead of the Council of State, meeting to consider legislation reforming the asylum application system, at Aras an Uachtarain.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Survey suggests business costs and Government’s dealings with banks remain concerns

 Wind turbines at Monaincha Wind Farm Roscrea. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Irish Times

Report on energy market suggests wind energy is playing an ever more important role

Group managing director  Siobhán Talbot: The firm’s sports nutrition business has become one of the largest contributors to group earnings. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Food company targeting Irish diaspora returning to Ireland for Christmas

Companies require spending increase partly because of rise in the use of renewables

Latest CSO numbers show prices in Dublin fell by 1.3 per cent in November

White’s decision to veto Eir’s proposal reflects poor level of trust in former semi state

13/07/2015 - NEWS - Alex White TD Minister for Communications, at official launch of Eircode, Ireland's new postcode system, at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish TimesPhotograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Communications signals intention to press on with original intervention footprint

Eir is awaiting to hear whether the Department of Communications has accepted its proposal to connect  300,000 homes to its new fibre broadband network. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Alex White’s department to announce decision next week along with tender process

Firm which manages share registers for PLCs for breaches of laws covering client assets

AIB Headquarters in Ballsbridge Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/Irish Times

Funding will be made available to businesses at a variable interest rate of 4.5 per cent

 [from left to right] James O’Connor, Microsoft, Louise Phelan, Paypal, Martin Shanahan, IDA, Enda Kenny, Taoiseach, Eamonn Sinnott, Intel , Sharon McCooey, Linkedin, Stephen McIntyre, Twitter at an American Chamber World of Talent event to showcase current job vacancies in US Multinationals in Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

American Chamber makes prediction at event showcasing job opportunities here

IFA deputy president Tim O’Leary speaking with Economist Con Lucey whose report was published today, at the IFA Executive Council Meeting at the farm Centre in Dublin. Picture: Finbarr O’Rourke

Treasurer replaces IFA deputy president Tim O’Leary who plans to run for president

Mairéad McGuinness MEP: had claimed that ABP had not “at this stage” notified the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission of the proposed deal to buy half of Slaney Foods. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Larry Goodman group’s planned acquisition would give it control of a quarter of beef-processing industry

IFA deputy president Tim O’Leary, acting general secretary Bryan Barry and economist Con Lucey. Mr Lucey’s review was published yesterday. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Lucey review of pay and governance goes back only to 2009, when Smith took charge

Former IFA general secretary   Pat Smith (left) is congratulated by his predecesor Michael Berkery upon taking the top job back in 2009. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times/

Details of payment were included in an internal review of pay and governance

The executive council of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) will meet on Tuesday to examine the findings of an internal report on pay and pensions amid fresh calls for some or all of the group’s remaining board members to resign. The IFA has been engulfed in controversy since the high-profile departures of its former general secretary Pat Smith and president Eddie Downey (above). Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Report expected to reveal extent of executive remuneration dating back to 2009

Economist Colm McCarthy takes issue with the proposed “gap funding model”, which is likely to mean the State subsidises the cost of a high-speed broadband network for rural Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Economist Colm McCarthy says proposals will give big players market dominance

Latest Consumer Price Index driven down by cheaper transport costs

Four of Eir’s main rivals – Sky, BT, Vodafone and Magnet – have separately initiated dispute proceedings against the company with Comreg

ComReg says review could prompt separation of its wholesale and retail divisions

Mel Kilkenny admits to ‘putting his head in the sand’ about his tax liability

On Dublin’s Iseq,  Ryanair fell 0.7 per cent to €14.59. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Stocks fall as cost of oil touches below $40 a barrel for first time since February 2009

Cork publican Billy O’Flynn and Wicklow restaurant owner Sau Kuen Hung make biggest settlements

Rents in Spencer Dock were higher than anywhere elsewhere on the Luas line and even eclipsed rents in the suburbs of Sandymount and Dalkey

Average monthly rents in and around north inner city Luas over €1,800 a month

Latest CSO numbers seven out of every ten new private cars licensed were diesel fuelled

Infosys plans to develop range of new technologies for the financial sector

Ulster Bank sells loans backed by prime Dublin residential land at 78 per cent discount

Pat Smith’s severance package comprised an up-front payment of €1m followed by €100,000 annually for 10 years and is separate from his €2.7m pension pot. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former general secretary also claims he was defamed by suggestions that he was ‘fired’

Move will give company control of over a quarter of the beef processing industry here

Secretary general Derek Moran. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / Irish Times

Finance officials say they have received assurance from Revenue

Former IFA general secretary Pat Smith and former president Eddie Downey (both to left): the two have stepped down in recent weeks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ongoing pay controversy affects levy that generates 40% of organisation’s €12.9m budget

The employment law expert noted that in the case of a resignation, unless there is a clause in the contract specifying certain terms, the employee has no automatic entitlement to a package. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ceiling reflects best award from Employment Appeals Tribunal for unfair dismissal

Former IFA president Eddie Downey has been consistently blamed by his former employers. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Ex-president claims he was not acting alone in agreeing controversial €2m exit package

Former IFA president Eddie Downey: “The message I got was I was thrown under the bus at the meeting.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Eight county executives now urging all or some of board to exit in wake of pay scandal

Bloxham collapsed at the end of May 2012 after the Central Bank found “financial irregularities” in its accounts

Bank is pursuing Niall Tinney for €3.47m borrowed to buy out retiring partner

An attempt by Mr Keane to have the Certified Public Accountants institute’s findings overturned was struck out by the High Court in October. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Tom Keane, a former CPA president, is appealing findings of professional misconduct

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton will launch a job strategy for the north east and north west region today. (Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton will launch plans in Sligo and Drogheda

Former IFA general secretary  Pat Smith: he is seen as a driver, but controlling and egotistical, while former president Eddie Downey is painted as more amenable and relatively popular with colleagues.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Until Wednesday’s marathon meeting, the IFA thought it had controlled its situation

Former general secretary of the IFA Michael Berkery. Photograph: Eric Luke

Michael Berkery says his salary details are covered by confidentiality agreement

Former Irish Farmers’ Association general secretary Pat Smith. Photograph: Eric Luke

Organisation accuses Pat Smith of spin and says it will fight his claim to €2m package

Traders are pictured at their desks in front of the DAX board at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany. Photograph: Reuters

In Dublin, Aryzta falls again on news of the departure of its European boss

The frozen bakery specialist, best known here for its Cuisine De France brand awarded Hilliard Lombard more than €5.5 million in stock options and elevated him to the company’s senior executive team in October

Departure comes shortly after Mr Lombard was awarded €5.5m in stock options

The revelation that former Irish Farmers’ Association general secretary Pat Smith (left) was to receive a €4.7 million combined pension and severance package has led to the resignation of the association’s president, Eddie Downey (right). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

€2.7 million pension pot brought general secretary’s exit package to €4.7 million

 Former IFA general secretary Pat Smith and IFA president Eddie Downey. Smith has stepped down from his position. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The committee head warned of negative publicity if reforms were not made

General Secretary of the IFA Pat Smith was forced to resign last week in the wake of criticism of his salary package, which was €445,000 in 2014 and €535,000 in 2013. File photograph: Eric Luke

IFA president remains in hot water over pay controversy despite decision to step back

 IFA President Eddie Downey.Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Tim O’Leary says former general’s remuneration was indefensible

Irish Farmers’ Association  members protesting against CAP reforms outside Dubin Castle in 2013. While the IFA does not give detailed breakdowns of its income, sources suggests the levy generates between a third and a half of its €12.9 million income.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Optional tariff of 0.15% collected on farm sales to co-ops, processors and marts

IFA president Eddie Downey claims he only discovered the extent of the general secretary’s remuneration 24 hours prior to his resignation. Photograph: David Sleator/Irish Times

Association brings back former chief economist Con Lucey to carry out review

IFA president Eddie Downey. File photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Farm lobby’s former chief economist raised issues in letters seen by ‘The Irish Times’

IFA president Eddie Downey is facing calls for his resignation over the controversial salary package paid to former secretary general Pat Smith. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Downey asked to explain his role in dispute over ex-general secretary Pat Smith’s salary

Irish beef exports to the US are currently limited to high-values steak cuts such as fillet, sirloin and rib-eye. Photograph:  Ilvy Njiokiktjien/AFP/Getty Images

Department says 1,300 tonnes worth €8.5m has been shipped since lifting of embargo

Pat Smith was forced to resign because of the controversy over his remuneration. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Former Irish Farmers’ Association boss received salary package of €535,000 in 2013

Pat Smith was forced to resign  because of the controversy over his remuneration.  Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Pat Smith resigned yesterday in the wake of the controversy over his remuneration

 IFA general secretary Pat Smith said he was putting the association’s interests to the fore in deciding to go. Photograph: Eric Luke

Pat Smith says he is putting the best interests of the association to the fore

 Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton and Gary Keogh of Digital Realty at today’s announcement

Digital Realty offers data centre facilities for some 600 international firms

IFA general secretary Pat Smith (left) with the organisation’s president Eddie Downey. The IFA voted against releasing details of Mr Smith’s pay earlier this month. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Farmers’ group stands firm in face of calls for greater transparency from members

Author of the Daft report Ronan Lyons suggested the market may have reacted to talk of rental controls reports average Q3 rent of €964, a 9.3% hike on €882 last year

Agricultural agency gets green light to recruit 75 researchers next year

Michael O’Leary: I was the one who was slow to move. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Outspoken Ryanair boss says management ‘over did it’ when it came to check-in luggage

Exports of medical and pharmaceutical products grew by 14 to €2.3 billion

Latest CSO numbers still point to strong year for export trade on back of big pharma

A still from Eir’s new ad campaign

Alex White should, in theory, welcome the telco’s move to take a bigger slice of pie

OECD chief economist Catherine Mann says Irish-owned enterprises lag behind their foreign counterparts.

Chief economist says clampdown on tax avoidance will be ‘negative for Ireland’

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