European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan expected to announce the advance on Monday.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Phil Hogan expected to announce series of measures to address collapsing prices

The operator has been under fire for a series of outages and technical mishaps, the worst of which resulted in the cancellation of a draw for the first time, in February.

Operator insists players were warned of the planned disruption in advance

Production figures represent a key gauge of the underlying health of the economy

High-tech and pharma firms are benefitting from increased global demand

Separate CSO figures, released earlier this week, puts the State’s unemployment rate 9.5 per cent, the lowest level in six years. Photograph:  Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

CSO data show the number of claimants on register dropped by 1,900 in August

The Department of Finance said the performance was consistent with the recovering labour market, solid employment growth and increases in average weekly earnings. Photograph: Bloomberg

Returns up 10% on last year as all four main tax areas ahead of target

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  is likely to face more calls for tax cuts on foot of the latest exchequer numbers .Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Latest exchequer returns benefit from spike in corporation tax payments.

The August reading was only the third time in 10 years that the monthly sentiment index exceeded 100.  Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Report says consumers remain wary about the scale and sustainability of recovery

Small monthly rise in August breaks 26-month decline

Aer Lingus surprised observers to close up 7.7 per cent at €2.67

UK stock market closed for holiday

Iseq heavyweight CRH had another good day. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

European shares ease back after 8% drop, as fears of slowdown triggered price swings

Meat exports have fallen from €15m to just €58,000.  Photograph: iStockphoto

Value of exports have fallen by 75% since Moscow’s ban on food imports from the West

Retail sales jump by a record 11.6 per cent in July

All three major US indexes were up almost 2 per cent on Thursday. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

European shares recoup this week’s losses following strong economic data from US

CSO numbers reveal average weekly earnings  rose in most sectors of the economy over the past 12 months.

CSO figures show construction workers are still experiencing sharp falls in basic pay

Latest Quarterly National Household Survey suggests labour market is continuing to recover

Latest official figures show prices nationally rose by 0.9 per cent in July

Dublin-listed oil and gas firm cuts pre-tax losses to $606,000 for six months to end of June

A  trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

US and European shares tumble and commodity prices slide amid growth concerns

Irish processors exported only 31 tonnes of beef, worth €194,000, to the US during the first six months of 2015. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Wexford company has already commenced sales to US manufacturers

Wall Street: US crude was at a six-year low, on track for its eighth straight weekly decline.  Photograph:  Peter Morgan/Reuters

Oil prices threaten to dip below $40 a barrel for first time since financial crisis

The State’s beef exports to the US were worth just €194,000 for the first six months of 2015. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

CSO figures reveal trade fell well short of Government’s €100m target by end of year

Central Bank figures show total household debt fell to €154.6 billion or €33,530 per capita

Glanbia’s managing director Siobhán Talbot: ‘We only use legitimate structures to support our international expansion.’ Photograph: Dylan Vaughan.

Managing director Siobhán Talbot responds to Luxembourg reports

Report suggests Britain may seek cheaper supplier after leaving EU

Report highlights meat industry’s reliance on exports to Britain

Siobhan Talbot, Glanbia managing director, said that the group’s first half year results show that its strategy is “on track”. (Photograph:v Dylan Vaughan)

Company’s half-year results show performance nutrition as biggest earnings contributor

 Rotbunt cows on the  Co Louth farm where a five-year-old dairy cow had contracted classic or typical BSE, a Department of Agriculture investigation found. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Reclassification from ‘negligible risk’ to ‘controlled’ status follows recent BSE case

 Lidl and Aldi face growing pressure to pay milk suppliers in the Republic more after they last week agreed to pay UK farmers  a minimum of 28p a litre, up from an average of 23p. Photograph: Ulrich Baumgarten/Getty Images

The discount retailers insist they are paying a fair price amid ongoing farmers’ protests

Cows being milked. Michael Hanley, Lakeland Dairies chief executive, says the EU failed to recognise the impact of geo-political issues.

Lakeland Dairies’ boss calls on EU to intervene directly to support prices

FBD closed 7.6 per cent up at €6.90 after falling by a similar margin in the previous session

In Dublin insurer FBD rebounds despite reports of capital shortfall

Asda says it will pay the guaranteed minimum price from Monday following talks with the National Farmers’ Union in Britain. Photograph: Reuters/Andrew Yates

Move comes after protests by farmers who have seen their milk margin hit by global slump in dairy prices

New Central Bank data provide more evidence of punitive rates being charged here

The EU accounted for €5.6 billion or 58 per cent of total exports in June, of which 15 per cent went to Belgium.

Latest CSO trade figures show value of goods exports eclipsed €9 billion in June

Latest CSO data suggest economy remains in grip of deflationary pressures

Recruitment agency Morgan McKinley says job opportunities rose by 16% in July

US president Barack Obama invoked his presidential veto to block the Keystone XL project on environmental grounds. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Researchers say link with coal, oil firms conflicts with planned low carbon economy

Slump in yuan impacts German carmakers and European luxury goods stocks

Protesting dairy farmers brought chaos to a Stafford Asda store when they marched two cows to the dairy produce area. Photograph: Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press

Farmers face heavy income dips and many may go out of business, milk suppliers warn

€6.38m lotto winner, Gerard Murphy (third from left), from Ballinrobe, Co Mayo, with his children, Jack, Ger, Laura and Dave, at National Lottery HQ in Dublin this week. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

PLI raises price of playing and lengthens the odds of winning outright

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

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