Unemployment in the Republic could fall to 9.7 per cent in 2016 from 11.2 per cent this year, analysts with ratings agency Standard & Poor’s have said. Photograph: Frank Miller

Republic’s GDP to grow 3.5% in 2015, says ratings agency

The IASS  is operated jointly by Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport Authority. Photograph: Frank Miller

Trustees of Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme win approval for plan to tackle deficit

Aer Lingus Christoph Mueller: potential option of 1.5 million  shares under long-term incentive deal. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Mueller could cash in his 1.5 share options if a takeover is agreed

Industry analysts believe that in order for the IAG approach for Aer Lingus to be considered realistic, it would have had to be in the region of €1 billion, or about €1.87 per share. Photograph: Alan Betson

Airline surges on news that it rebuffed approach by Willie Walsh group

Aer Lingus has Heathrow slots that could appeal to Willie Walsh-led IAG Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Biggest shareholders look like they would cash out if an offer is good enough

Bank of Ireland climbed 2.21 per cent to 32.4 cents. Volumes were decent, with 292 million shares changing hands

Mining stocks regain some momentum following increases in oil and metals prices

Stena Line ferries in Dublin Bay. Concerns have emerged that the line intends to pull out of Dún Laoghaire altogether and will not resume the service  it normally operates from the port during the summer next year.

A Stena withdrawal would be major blow to harbour as business worth €7m

Last week the Central Statistics Office published data showing that overseas holiday makers spent €2.8 billion in the Republic in the first nine months of this year, €241 million more than during the same period in 2013

Fáilte Ireland’s review of 2014 says more than 7.3 million overseas visitors came here

The airport management firm has indicated that it does not intend to increase the €72 million already on the table

Setback in ongoing dispute over €750m shortfall in Aer Lingus-DAA scheme

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