Seán Quinn: wrote to the former SDLP leader John Hume, in April 1985. He said he had been treated in a “discriminatory manner”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

State papers show businessman complained over lack of grant aid in 1980s

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

European shares rose on speculation over an ECB move towards quantative easing

Ulster Bank said it believes the recovery is becoming more broad-based and this year will be the first since 2007 that exports, consumer spending and investment will all grow.

Improvement in Irish economy now broadly based, says latest economic outlook

TV3 commercial director Pat Kiely: said the advertising sector is “clamouring for more collaboration across platforms”. Photograph: Peter Thursfield 98/6/304

TV station to collaborate with radio channels owned by Denis O’Brien

Micheal Buckley of Greyhound: “I know the pay cuts we are looking for are big, but if [the workers] win, and get what they want, then we are out of business.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Michael Buckley claims his company is suffering from ‘race to the bottom’ in the waste industry

Executive director of Greyhound Recycling Michael Buckley said he wants workers at his depot in Clondalkin, Dublin, to return to work under protest, at the rates he is seeking to impose, pending a “binding determination” by the Labour Relations Commission. Photograph: Alan Betson

Director claims union accepts competitors paying lower rates than those his firm is seeking

Dr Don Thornhill, chairman of the National Competitiveness Council. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

National Competitiveness Council warns against return to 'things we saw between 2002 and 2007'

Ireland is set for growth rates exceeding the European average, says Moody’s. Photograph: Alan Betson

Economy set for above average growth levels, according to ratings agency

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