Taoiseach Enda Kenny had been arguing against the prospect of ‘unreachable’ emissions targets being set for Ireland at a summit of EU
leaders in Brussels. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Dairy industry can continue to grow without risk of EU fines for methane gas emissions

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi : “We’ve put forward a big package to reduce taxes.” Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

Prime minister presses for change to EU fiscal policy to promote growth

Debate rages still as to what  Mario Draghi’s ECB might do next and when. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Two months ago Mario Draghi signalled a tacit shift in ECB policy

The assessed water charge is set at €176 for the first adult, with an extra €102 per additional adult in the home

Taoiseach says new charges package to be announced in coming weeks

Taoiseach Enda Kenny wants Ireland’s high dependence on agriculture taken into account in setting greenhouse gas targets. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Leaders aiming to strike deal to reduce emissions by 40% between 2020 and 2030

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is seeking special concessions over carbon emissions. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Kenny to argue Republic’s dependence on agriculture should be factor in targets

In New York, Apple rose 2.5 per cent a day after revenue topped expectations, helped by strong sales of iPhones. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Prospect of ECB bond purchases leads European stocks into positive territory

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan abolished the “Double Irish” loophole in the budget. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government moves to shore up investment after scrapping “Double Irish”

Sky’s Irish subscribers, who previously paid  20 per cent VAT to Britain’s Inland Revenue, will now pay 23 per cent VAT to Ireland’s Revenue Commissioners. Other companies affected by the change include Amazon and internet security firm Norton. Photograph: PA

Boost for exchequer as Irish subscribers to pay tax in Republic, not UK

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