A number of Irish and British construction and engineering professionals, who were working for Sepam but are currently unemployed, said they had job offers in Qatar which they could not take up because Sepam would not supply them with non-objection certificates. Photograph: PA

Irish and British workers for Sepam Group say they are being prevented from working for other firms

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan announced the ending of the so-called double Irish tax structure. Photograph: Alan Betson

End of ‘double Irish’ part of process that could benefit FDI

Pat Butler, of Pat’s Barbers, Emmet Street. The budget was “definitely a step in the right direction”

Hard hit by recession, local people are hoping for a lift

Pat Butler of Pat’s Barbers, says jobs for young people are the priority

Emigration and unemployment are key issues facing town

According to the company’s website, Celestial Green specialises in the development of natural capital conservation projects involving the creation of credits associated with reduced deforestation in the Amazon basin. Photograph: Getty Images

Auditors cite concerns in accounts that list payments to directors and related parties

In London, Tesco advanced by 2.7 per cent to 176. 8p as analysts welcomed the appointment of two non-executive directors to strengthen its board. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Plunge in factory orders sparks fears German economy is slowing

Damien Murtagh: ‘It has opened up the possibility for everybody to physically design their ideas using a physical tool. It’s a freeform box of magic.’

Wicklow-produced Arckit described as ‘sophisticated Lego’

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said she had never before heard of a minister appointing as a driver a person who was a director of a semi-state company for which the minister had responsibility. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister of State appointed director of Irish Water as his ministerial driver

Insurance sector body says mandatory defined system would require employer contributions

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