In the wake of the financial crash tens of thousands of savers flocked to the State schemes because of uncertainty over bank deposits.

Figures from An Post show State’s savings fund grew by €1.9bn to over €18bn in 2013

A customer puffs on an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York City. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Battery-powered e- cigarettes deliver nicotine via inhaled vapour

Company says turnaround was achieved while reducing net debt to €40.3 million

Malta: Setanta, a low-cost insurer, was registered here but traded only in Ireland. Photograph: Getty

Central Bank advises policyholders to seek alternative cover after firm’s collapse

Guidelines aim to address unco-ordinated application of tariff and its effects on trade

Stobart Air’s commercial director Simon Fagan (left) said the airline is continuing to experience a sustained rise in passengers

Company which operates Aer Lingus Regional flies 94,242 passengers last month

Prof John FitzGerald of the ESRI: deleveraging by Irish households could continue for “some considerable time” if recovery stalls in the rest of the EU. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Faltering recovery could renew pressure on public finances, says John FitzGerald

The merger of Fyffes with Chiquita for €362m contributed to the high total deal value in the food sector. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Centrica’s acquisition of Bord Gáis Energy for €1.1bn among high-profile transactions

Renewable energy company’s project had been threatened with legal action

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