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

In Dublin, Aryzta falls again on news of the departure of its European boss

The frozen bakery specialist, best known here for its Cuisine De France brand awarded Hilliard Lombard more than €5.5 million in stock options and elevated him to the company’s senior executive team in October

Departure comes shortly after Mr Lombard was awarded €5.5m in stock options

The revelation that former Irish Farmers’ Association general secretary Pat Smith (left) was to receive a €4.7 million combined pension and severance package has led to the resignation of the association’s president, Eddie Downey (right). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

€2.7 million pension pot brought general secretary’s exit package to €4.7 million

 Former IFA general secretary Pat Smith and IFA president Eddie Downey. Smith has stepped down from his position. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The committee head warned of negative publicity if reforms were not made

General Secretary of the IFA Pat Smith was forced to resign last week in the wake of criticism of his salary package, which was €445,000 in 2014 and €535,000 in 2013. File photograph: Eric Luke

IFA president remains in hot water over pay controversy despite decision to step back

 IFA President Eddie Downey.Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Tim O’Leary says former general’s remuneration was indefensible

Irish Farmers’ Association  members protesting against CAP reforms outside Dubin Castle in 2013. While the IFA does not give detailed breakdowns of its income, sources suggests the levy generates between a third and a half of its €12.9 million income.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Optional tariff of 0.15% collected on farm sales to co-ops, processors and marts

IFA president Eddie Downey claims he only discovered the extent of the general secretary’s remuneration 24 hours prior to his resignation. Photograph: David Sleator/Irish Times

Association brings back former chief economist Con Lucey to carry out review

IFA president Eddie Downey. File photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Farm lobby’s former chief economist raised issues in letters seen by ‘The Irish Times’

IFA president Eddie Downey is facing calls for his resignation over the controversial salary package paid to former secretary general Pat Smith. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Downey asked to explain his role in dispute over ex-general secretary Pat Smith’s salary

Irish beef exports to the US are currently limited to high-values steak cuts such as fillet, sirloin and rib-eye. Photograph:  Ilvy Njiokiktjien/AFP/Getty Images

Department says 1,300 tonnes worth €8.5m has been shipped since lifting of embargo

Pat Smith was forced to resign because of the controversy over his remuneration. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Former Irish Farmers’ Association boss received salary package of €535,000 in 2013

Pat Smith was forced to resign  because of the controversy over his remuneration.  Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Pat Smith resigned yesterday in the wake of the controversy over his remuneration

 IFA general secretary Pat Smith said he was putting the association’s interests to the fore in deciding to go. Photograph: Eric Luke

Pat Smith says he is putting the best interests of the association to the fore

 Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton and Gary Keogh of Digital Realty at today’s announcement

Digital Realty offers data centre facilities for some 600 international firms

IFA general secretary Pat Smith (left) with the organisation’s president Eddie Downey. The IFA voted against releasing details of Mr Smith’s pay earlier this month. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Farmers’ group stands firm in face of calls for greater transparency from members

Author of the Daft report Ronan Lyons suggested the market may have reacted to talk of rental controls reports average Q3 rent of €964, a 9.3% hike on €882 last year

Agricultural agency gets green light to recruit 75 researchers next year

Michael O’Leary: I was the one who was slow to move. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Outspoken Ryanair boss says management ‘over did it’ when it came to check-in luggage

Exports of medical and pharmaceutical products grew by 14 to €2.3 billion

Latest CSO numbers still point to strong year for export trade on back of big pharma

A still from Eir’s new ad campaign

Alex White should, in theory, welcome the telco’s move to take a bigger slice of pie

OECD chief economist Catherine Mann says Irish-owned enterprises lag behind their foreign counterparts.

Chief economist says clampdown on tax avoidance will be ‘negative for Ireland’

The president of the ICMSA Jackie Cahill with dairy farmers  outside Leinster House protesting about the collapse in milk prices. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Farmers’ group hit out at Government as CSO figures point to 23% decline in prices in 2015

Mr Carroll was one of 14 farmer non-executive directors of Glanbia Plc. The company announced his departure in a note to the Irish Stock Exchange last week

Carroll had been focus of official investigation into milk quota infringements

Kingspan shares increased nearly 5% to €23.35 on the back of positive quarterly numbers and a full-year profit forecast of €250m

Kingspan bucks trend in Dublin after reporting positive quarterly figures

Bord Bia’s report said Ireland’s dairy herd already enjoyed the joint-lowest footprint in the EU

Bord Bia report reveals wide variation in emissions across beef and dairy sectors

Outgoing Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan: ‘Irish banks mispriced credit risk before . . . are we sure they’re not mispricing in the other direction now?’ Photographic: Jonathan Crosby/Reuters

Outgoing Central Bank governor highlights persistent relatively high loan rejection rates

“What the hipsters have done is take the same kind of bullshit you get in the fashion industry and apply it to cheese and artisan beer ”

Sutherland holds forth on why advertising – even the bad kind –has its place

Agency says rise in employment will boost life insurance sales

Latest index, however, suggests consumers remain wary of economic uncertainty elsewhere

Retailer records drop in clothing sales with poor weather impacting on shopper demand

Managing director Siobhan Talbot said the outlook for the remainder of 2015 was positive.

Food group wants to boost production at its cheese and whey production plant in the US

Bank of Ireland is to restrict over-the-counter cash withdrawals and lodgements at branches from later this month. Photograph: Getty Images

Minor climbdown sees bank say staff will help ‘vulnerable’ clients deal with new cash policies

 To cater for vegan sensibilities, Guinness plans new filtration process which ditches use of isinglass.

Company announces plan for new vegan-friendly brew

Irish travel website, which owns, is listed in Dublin and London

The Moody’s report compares population forecasts for five European residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) markets - the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Ireland. Photograph:  David Cheskin/PA Wire

Rating agency assesses outlook for property markets in five European markets

Telco is also investing €20 million in new data centre in Blanchardstown in Dublin

Energy-to-technologies conglomerate receives competition clearance

Patrick Honohan, outgoing governor of the Central Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Patrick Honohan says multinational activities were boosting figures

Gains at Airbus  and Renault  helped European stocks record their best month in more than six years yesterday.  Photographs: Pascal Rossignol.

Food group Aryzta’s shares drop again in Dublin following boardroom reshuffle

Medical device maker  Medtronic: the US industry giant moved to Ireland  in a tie-up estimated to be worth $48bn. Photograph: Munshi Ahmed/Bloomberg

OECD report suggests investment by Irish firms abroad hit $75 billion in first-half of 2015

Ministers Michael Noonan  and Brendan Howlin: survey asked how important companies considered Budget 2016 was to the outlook for their businesses. Photograph: Eric Luke

Latest survey suggests more companies reporting output gains than at any other time

Nama Brendan McDonagh remains confident debt will be eliminated by 2018. Photograph: Frank Miller /	Irish Times

Move brings to €22.1 billion the amount of debt redeemed to date

Latest figures from CSO suggest new lending rules are dampening the market

Firm behind Bulmers and Magners cider has been struggling in face of increased competition

The Bord na Móna Endenderry peat powered power station in Co Offaly. Photograph: : Niall Carson/PA Wire

High Court decision on operation of Bord Na Móna’s Offaly plant places 180 jobs at risk

Moody’s said Nama was likely to realise a profit for the State when it was finally wound down

Moody's report compares Nama performance to counterparts in Spain and Germany

A Full English breakfast. Meat Industry Ireland has downplayed research linking  processed meat and cancer. Photograph: iStockphoto

Meat Industry Ireland downplays classification of certain meats as ‘cancer hazards’

German retailer Aldi is to created 400 new jobs in the Republic.

German retailer will also raise minimum pay rate as part of campaign

Eurostat figures show government debt as a percentage to GDP fell to 102% in June

Bank of Ireland will be able enter new loan agreements with SMEs to the tune of €100 million over the next two years

Under the deal, Bank of Ireland will lend money for specialist innovation projects

 Dublin Port welcomed the arrival of four luxury cruise ships carrying over 13,000 passengers and crew in the third quarter of 2015.

Scheme to deepen navigation channel is the largest ever undertaken by the port

John Collison of Stripe who was the International and Overall winner at the awards ceremony last night in Citywest last night. The event took place in front of an audience of over 1,500 people and was broadcast live on UTV Ireland and UTV. Photograph: Maxwells

Online payments platform Stripe was recently valued at $5 billion

Pádraig Mc Bride and Donald Fitzmaurice of Brandtone – Emerging category winners. Photograph: Maxwells

Mobile marketing firm recently signed major deal with multinational Unilever

Jack and Grace Dobson from Dunbia at the awards ceremony in City West. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography

Co-founder of Dunbia crowned EY Industry Entrepreneur of the Year

Ireland has also reached agreement with authorities in Oman on veterinary health certification which will allow for the export of beef and sheep meat from Ireland to the region for the first time

Import of beef from Europe begin again after 19 -year mad cow disease ban

While the number of credit unions has been in decline since the crash, largely due to amalgamations, Rebo said the sector was beginning to grow again.

Restructuring board says final spend will be less than €250m previously set aside

Fyffes gave up Tuesday’s gains, closing down nearly 2 per cent at €1.49

Dublin market out-performs peers thanks to strong shows from CRH and Smurfit Kappa

Bank berated over terms and conditions which forced participants to surrender IPs

Siteserv was sold by IBRC to Mr O’Brien for €45 million in 2012

Contract comes as Siteserv reveals plan to rebrand as Actavo from next month

Bloxham Stockbrokers was liquidated in 2012 after the Central Bank (above) discovered a €5.3 million hole in its accounts. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Big Four accountancy firm audited brokerage’s accounts before it folded

Financial analyst and mortgage broker Karl Deeter, along with three colleagues, monitored 1,947 repossession cases before the courts between February and July and found only 52 (2.7 per cent) ended in repossession

Dublin Economics Workshop hears that cases before Irish courts move slowly

Dublin Economic Workshop hears decades of fragmentation and underinvestment had created severe difficulties

Farmers’ group claims latest milk price cut riases questions about company’s pricing model

Kerry boss Stan McCarthy  said acquisitions would bring  important innovative technology platforms to company

Irish food group anounces big expansion in US portfolio

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney announced the commencement of payments worth €620 million to over 100,000 Irish farmers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Juergen Voegele commends Ireland for combining productivity with lower emissions

Sage already employs 250 staff in Dublin

Company opening a new European base in Dublin to support 1.8m customers

Minister Simon Harris confirmed that today’s Budget will include measures to bolster Ireland’s reputation as a start-up destination. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Package expected to include specific tax incentives for start-up investors

CSO figures reveal significant improvement in Government’s debt metrics

Social welfare office in Dublin: the Government controversially  outsourced its job-finding scheme to   recruitment firms Turas Nua and Seetec. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Government reveals payment model for new scheme to tackle long-term unemployment

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: airline  ended the day 1 per cent down at €12.55. Photograph:  Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

Ryanair, Bank of Ireland and Paddy Power drag Dublin market into negative territory

C&C, the company behind Bulmers cider, is under pressure from its shareholders. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Management challenged over earnings downgrades and €150m writedown of US arm

McDonald’s: one of  Aryzta’s listed customers. Shares in the Swiss-Irish food firm have dropped nearly 50 per cent since January. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

€428,000 purchase comes as Owen Killian attempts to halt a slide in investor confidence

Owen Killian, CEO Aryzta. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The Swiss/Irish firm insists its strategy isn’t half-baked, even though shares have dropped by more than €35 since January

The federation believes up to €100 million a year could be generated across all sports by extending tax reliefs to current projects.

Federation of Irish Sport (FIS) highlights 26% fall-off in State funding for sport since 2008

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange . Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

2030 bonds were sold at a yield of 1.65 per cent

 Lidl, which has 143 stores and three distribution centres in the Republic, already pays staff better than most of its rivals.

German discounter becomes first major retailer here to sign up to Living Wage Campaign

Tom Keane, a senior partner in Dublin accountancy firm BKRM, is seeking a court order to have the findings of a CPA disciplinary panel overturned. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Ex-president of Certified Public Accountants body seeks to overturn misconduct rulings

Ibec economist Fergal O’Brien: Ireland not at races when it comes to personal taxation. Photograph: Eric Luke /Irish Times

Expert says measures are highly protectionist in nature and favour bigger economies

Building materials group CRH tracked industry rivals to close 1.3 per cent down at €23.09. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

In Dublin, food group Aryzta had another bad day, plumbing a new 12-month low

National Lottery machine: in 2014 the business raised €195 million for  charity and sports, down from €205.9 million in 2013. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Fall due to millions spent as Premier Lotteries Ireland took over lotto from An Post

Aryzta chief executive Owen Killian is battling a fall in investor confidence. Photograph:Cyril Byrne

Food group also confirms Hilliard Lombard’s appointment to senior executive team

Latest KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI consumer sentiment survey dips slightly in September

CSO data show the number of claimants on register dropped by 3,700 in September

A worker assembles stand mixers on the production line at the Whirlpool . Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Investec’s latest Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index rises in September

The C&AG report reveals that while €217 million was disbursed to various sporting and charitable programmes last year under the umbrella of lotto funding, only €178 million came directly from the fund

Government says anomaly relates to costs of privatising National Lottery

Official figures suggest number of workers classified as unemployed fell by 800 in September

The ESRI study assessed inflation rates for low- and high-income households across two periods, 2003-2008 and 2009-2014

Study finds pattern reversed during recession with low-income families suffering

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen: her remarks that global weakness would not be significant enough to stop a rates rise this year removed some of the  markets   uncertainty. Photograph: Brendan Smialowsk/AFP/Getty Images

In Dublin, Aryzta falls again after announcing surprise sale of Origin stake

European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan said the digital gap between urban and rural areas must be closed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Siro has selected the village to pilot its fibre-optic broadband network

Parkside in Malahide: The 50-acre site has zoning for 433 homes and Cairn expects to complete the first 200 homes before the end of 2016

Recently listed group to sell initial phase of Parkside development in Malahide

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times  Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Organisers decide to hold prestigious tech event in Portuguese capital from 2016

 Origin Enterprises chief executive Tom O’Mahony, chief executive: said the company remains “highly cash generative” with a war chest for future acquisitions of €150 million. Photograph: Eric Luke

Agri-services group saw operating profit remain largely flat for the year to July

Future Finance plans to roll out service across Europe, with Ireland launching this year

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: the Irish Tax Institute expects him to implement tax cuts worth €600 million to €700 million in the budget. Photograph: Eric Luke

Marginal rate ninth highest in 34 OECD countries, pre-budget submission claims

China’s food safety minister Bi Jing Quan with CEO of Bord Bia Aidan Cotter and Wicklow farmer Joe Hayden

Bord Bia figures reveal Ireland’s booming trade with 13,100 tonnes in first half of year

 Maros Sefcovic, vice president of the European Commission in charge of energy union, with  Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White, at the Powershift ESB energy  in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal/

ESB chief executive predicts massive shift toward self-sufficiency in energy market

Mulling it over: the Fed has been telegraphing its intention to begin a modest cycle of rate hikes for months. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo

Controling inflation by manipulating the cost of borrowing is tricky business

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White:His department did not respond to a request for comment on the Now Ireland submission yesterday. Photograph: Peter Houlihan

National Offshore Wind Association of Ireland says this will result in hefty fines

Different vegetables grow in an automated greenhouse prototype by Agrilution in Munich, Germany

Fund offers up to €50,000 in support for successful applicants

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