At Ard Lugalisheen in Ballindine, Co. Mayo, a three-bed semi-detached house is now selling for €105,000, up from €95,000 before Christmas.

House prices soar by up to 43% in western counties – but it’s off a relatively low base

N26 Business allows freelancers and the self-employed to use one account to navigate both their business and private finances

Account is free to open but ATM use of Mastercard may incur charges

Nabriva is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the research and development of anti-infectives to treat serious bacterial infections

Nabriva Therapeutics to create new entity to be publicly traded parent company

All these extra costs really add up and significantly increase your overall tax burden.

A couple earning € 100,000 will lose as much as € 11,000 a year in Vat, excise and levies - and this is on top of income tax

The team at the Kemmy Business School in Limerick are focusing on the role of expert professional networks, tax advisors, wealth managers and the factors which can lead them to take ethical or aggressive approaches to their tax work.

Project aims to find amount of tax revenue being lost through avoidance and evasion

Ireland’s child benefit regime, €135 a month per child, combined with its method of taxing families, means some families pay a negative rate of tax on income.

Thanks to child benefit, lower income families lose nothing to income tax

Alan Walsh, chief executive of One51: One51  has reported strong growth for 2016, with revenues rising by 18.6 per cent to €433.9 million. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Sale of environmental services arm part of One51’s focus on its global plastics business

Retire to the Algarve in Portugal . . . and pay 0% tax on your pension. Photograph: Hemera

Portugal, France or Spain? Pension tax implications or other high-living costs can lead people to look abroad

Austin Hughes, chief economist with KBC Bank Ireland, says the survey suggests a pipeline of unsatisfied demand is building.

KBC Homebuyer survey indicates demand for 300,000 sales in next two years

Bottled cola goods such as Coca Cola are getting cheaper in Ireland, new figures from Kantar show. (Photograph: REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Cost of cola drops by as much as 10%, but fresh fish price hikes batter shoppers

Supervalu is back on top in the latest Kantar survey, with a 22.6 per cent market share. (Photograph: Aidan Crawley)

Groceries have dropped in price for the first time since May 2015; Supervalu is back as Ireland’s largest supermarket

Bank of Ireland: New Ireland, the Bank of Ireland-owned life assurer, is to appoint Michael Murphy as its new managing director.

Michael Murphy to join life assurer New Ireland from Willis Towers Watson

Then tánaiste Mary Coghlan at the opening of Nationwide UK offices at Spencer Dock in  2009. The bank is to pull out of Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

British building society’s savings-only subsidiary in Ireland offered attractive rates

Ruairí and Marie-Thérèse de Blacam, who founded Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites 10 years ago

High-end hotel suites on least developed Aran island are poised for expansion

Three-quarters of UK-based companies favour Ireland’s tax regime above all others, a new   KPMG survey has found

Ireland also top pick for post-Brexit relocations alongside the Netherlands

 Revenue  wants  employers  to report pay, tax and other deductions, as well as details of employees leaving, when they run their payroll.

Small firms concerned that new approach will be time-consuming and not cost-effective

First-time buyers are coming back into the market in greater numbers, accounting for one in two out of every mortgage approval in February. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Latest figures show there are more people looking to buy and seeking morgage approval but short supply is still a big issue

The  commission wants the market to allow  increased competition

Irish homeowners are paying significantly over the odds for their mortgages compared to European averages – but CCPC says capping (...)

For now, deposit rates will likely continue to fall from their already shallow depths. File photograph; iStockPhoto

BoI has cut its demand deposit rate to zero, possibly a first for the Irish market

The Irish subsidiary of US car rental group Enterprise has bought the car rental business of the Dan Dooley Group for an undisclosed sum. (Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times)

Deal brings together two family-owned motor rental companies

Rockbrook in Sandyford: Residents say the area is  dominated by ‘one monstrosity’ which is a ‘total eyesore’.

The council disagrees with the ‘height, massing, scale and bulk’ of the development

US investment bank JP Morgan is said to be in talks to lease a building Dublin, while Citi is also assessing its options. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Japanese bank will create up to 100 jobs if it opts for Dublin over Frankfurt as hub

The two acquisitions announced by UDG Healthcare will not have a material impact on profitability this year, Goodbody Stockbrokers said. Photograph: David Sleator

Sharp Packaging Services acquires packaging facilities in Pennsylvania and Wales

Dublin looks set to lose out again, with Lloyd’s of London set to favour either Luxembourg or Brussels as the location for its new European hub

Move follows AIG and Blackstone’s decisions to opt for Luxembourg as European bases

Wage pressures are building, as evidenced by the recent industrial action at Bus Eireann. For now however, Irish salaries remain either competitive - or too low, depending on how you look at it - compared with European norms. (Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times)

Entry level staff in Ireland paid less than in eleven other European countries, but higher buying power mitigates the impact

One in two bookings for Hosteworld now comes via a mobile or tablet, up from 41 per cent in 2015.

Sales down 4% as online hostel platform cites worries over Brexit and terrorist attacks

Given the growth in mortgage approvals, Goodbody economist Dermot O’Leary questions whether or not the supply of new housing will be able to match this. “Clearly, a significant deficit in housing will continue to exist, thus pushing prices up further.” Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Imbalances in supply and demand will likely continue to push property prices up

If rates rose by three percentage points, it could deliver a shock to Irish households with high levels of debt

Rate rises are on the cards, and Irish consumers will be the most vulnerable

The Burren Smokehouse has  just entered the Hong Kong market with its smoked salmon.  Photograph: Roger Overall

Brexit isn’t the only issue Irish food firms will have to contend with in future

The move means that the self-employed, farmers and their dependent spouses will be able to access free dental benefits for the first time this week. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Re-introduction of annual free teeth cleaning for everyone to commence in October 2017

EnergyPro Asset Management will have an initial combined long-term contract roster of 180MW of wind turbines.  Photograph: Ben Curtis/PA

Merger will use analysis tools to maximise the electricity produced at each wind turbine

Sentiment in the construction sector picked up in March, according to the latest Bank of Ireland economic survey. Photograph: Alan Betson

Business mood remains muted ahead of UK’s triggering of Brexit process, survey shows

Automated Insights’s software generated a report written by Irish Times journalist Charlie Taylor (pictured). Scroll down to view the two reports.

Intuitive content-generating software won’t be transforming newsrooms any time soon

In March 2016, Capita Asset Services took over the management of all ACC Loan Management customer accounts and loan facilities, and staff moved from ACC to Capita Asset Services.

Rabobank-owned ACC Loan Management cuts loan portfolio

 Ardagh  chairman Paul Coulson,     global head of listings at the NYSE John Tuttle, Ardagh chief executive Ian Curley and Ardagh director of investor relations   John Sheehan  at the group’s flotation on the New York Stock Exchange  on March 15, 2017

Glass and metal containers giant went public on New York Stock Exchange on March 14th

Government data   points to strong growth in the number of new housing starts, with 910 units commenced in January, up by 45 per cent year on year.

Developers look to capitalise on Help to Buy by increasing output

Watch out for the fine print too. Some pension schemes for example, won’t give your estate back employer contributions if you die within two years of joining the scheme.

Like everything to do with pensions, it’s complicated, opaque, and full of jargon ... but also very important

John Collison. co-founder of Stripe, is the youngest self-made billionaire on Forbes list.

Eight Irish people now on ‘Forbes’ billionaires list

The CSO data shows that the premium paid to women in the public sector (excluding the pension levy) was about 12 per cent more in 2014

Women in public sector earn more than those in private sector, CSO figures show

A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union Jack umbrella at the Houses of Parliament in London, following the pro-Brexit result of the UK’s  referendum in June, 2016. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Just one in 10 businesses has plan to deal with economic fallout of UK departure

One51’s group chief executive Alan Walsh: “Trading in 2017 to date has been solid and in line with expectations.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Company eyeing acquisitions in North American retail and bulk packaging sectors

The Savoy Hotel, London:  Quinlan Private made a profit of about €60 million in  eight months from its sale in 2005

Syndicates accounted for just 1% of Irish commercial property investment in 2016

The non-principal private residence charge (NPPR) applied from 2009 to 2013 and second home owners, including those with holiday homes or rental investments, were liable to the tax at a rate of €200 a year. Over the period, some 360,000 second homes were registered and more than € 400 million collected.

Saga continues over whether or not second home charge is tax deductible

The Central Bank said a major concern for it remained the banking sector’s ability to deal with IT risks. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Regulator warns risks remain in Irish banking system, particularly in IT

Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock: city is the 34th best place to  live in terms of quality of life, according to a new survey. Photograph: Eric Luke

Survey says you’ll have a better quality of life in Dublin, but Vienna and Zurich fill top spots

UK furniture retailer DFS will pay  €98 per square metre (€9.10 per square foot) at Horizon Logistics Park,  Dublin Airport

UK furniture retailer to let 3,060 sq/m unit at Horizon Logistics Park

Berlin, where just about 14 per cent own their own homes compared to about 60 per cent in Dublin.  Photograph:  John MacDougall/AFP/GettyImages

The number of people buying rather than renting has fallen to a near 50-year low

Soaring property prices and the rise of flexible work patterns and contract work have excluded a certain cohort from buying homes. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

Central Statistics Office figures show one in four residents of the capital are now renters

Dunnes Stores has moved upmarket, introducing  ranges from designers such as  Joanne Hynes (pictured) and revamping its grocery hall. Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Market advances by 3 per cent with Tesco the only multiple to report drop in sales

Don Gallagher, chief executive  of the Health Insurance Authority, and former minister for health Leo Varadkar in the run-up to the launch of lifetime community rating  in March 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Society of Actuaries wants lifetime community rating limit to be cut from life to 20 years

Figures published last week show the Irish economy grew by 5.2 per cent in 2016, with little signs that Brexit has started to hurt output. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Bloomberg survey reveals more optimistic forecasts for economy in 2018 and 2019

Last May U+I  agreed to let the 15,992sq m (172,000sq ft) building to US e-commerce giant Amazon for €50 per sq ft, in what was one of the biggest letting deals of the year.

Spacious building on Burlington Road was let to Amazon last year for €50 per sq ft

Ireland Connected: Trading and Investing in a Dynamic World identifies exporting to new third country markets as a priority for Irish food and drink products. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘Ireland Connected’ plan sets ambitious targets for exports, FDI, tourism and education

Cairn will pay 45 per cent of the costs of drilling the 53/6-A exploration well in June 2017, subject to a gross well cap of $42 million. The company will also make a cash payment of $2.82 million to PVR and Sosina on closing.

Scottish-headquartered Cairn Energy takes 30 per cent working interest in well

A PwC report found women who had recently changed employers said a lack of opportunities for career progression was the top reason they left their former employer (35 per cent).  Photograph: Dave Thompson

PwC survey finds 10% of jobseeking Irish women experience gender discrimination

New figures show the Irish have a far higher government debt per person than even the Greeks. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters

Ireland has third-highest government debt per capita, behind only Japan and US

Bunn, a UK provider of prescription fertiliser blends and nutrition management systems servicing the arable, grassland and horticultural sectors, has an established business-to-business and retail customer franchise. Bunn’s turnover for the year ended December 31st 2016 was £127.7 million. (Photograph: Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

Bunn is a UK provider of prescription fertiliser blends

The survey  exposes a gender gap: in the EU as a whole, 56 per cent of men are financially literate, compared to 48 per cent of women. Photograph: iStockphoto

The S&P FinLit survey found almost half of Irish people lack savvy about money matters - but are you one of them?

Irish consumer sentiment reached a high in February 2016 but has been on a downward trajectory since, as consumers fear the impact of changes in the global environment. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Things are not getting a lot worse, but they are not getting better either, survey finds

Risky: a study  by the Central Bank  in 2015 found that 75 per cent of retail CFD clients who invested in CFDs during 2013 and 2014 made a loss. Photograph: Alan Betson

Regulator may ban sale and marketing of ‘complex’ CFDs to retail investors

The Central Bank has found that the introduction of mortgage lending rules leads to a decrease in housing investment. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Central Bank study says limiting the amount households can borrow leads to lower debt

In a ranking of luxury residential market performance, Dublin was the 31st best performing city in the world. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Wealth Report’ reports some 60 people joined billionaires ranks to bring the global total to 2,024

Dublin: City of 28,200 millionaires. By comparison, Paris has 110,900 millionaires but Buenos Aires has just 15,400. Photograph: David Soanes/Getty

Report links bouyant property sector to 5% rise in ‘dollar millionaires’

Dalata, the group behind the Maldron and Clayton range of hotels, reported an occupancy rate of 82.1 per cent for 2016, up from 80.2 per cent in 2015. The group’s average room rate rose to €97.6, up from €87 in 2015.

Average room rate rises to nearly €100 as pre-tax profits go up by 55% to €44m

 Some 3,000 first time buyers are understood to have applied so far for the  Help to Buy scheme while more than 50 developers have also been approved.

Mortgage approvals rocket by 41% as first time buyers flock to taxback scheme

There are about 300 charity shops in Ireland, run by charities such as Age Action, Irish Cancer Society, NCBI, Oxfam and SVP and staffed by volunteers. Photograph: iStockphoto

As little as €0.10 of every €1 spent in charity shop goes towards charitable deeds as turning your bag of unwanted goods into cash(...)

Three in four new mortgage applicants with Bank of Ireland opted for fixed-rate loans.

Bank’s life cover upselling in 2016 represents slippage from 75 per cent in 2015

Tech workers earn the most with average weekly earnings of €1,063.03 while workers in the tourism and food sector earned the lowest average weekly wage, of €339.66

Tech sector has highest average but wages are falling in education and health, finds CSO

A couple changing tak credits mid-year can involve a big clawback by Revenue from the spouse who was working. Photograph: iStock

Joint assessment, tax credits and rate bands make for complicated scenario

Some 6,000 of the Eileen Gray coins went on sale last November at a cost of €60, and about 2,000 have since been sold. The coins come in a presentation box with a certificate of authenticity, and are struck in .925 sterling silver.

Blemish is found in coin which went on sale last November for €60

Icon, the Irish based provider of outsourced drug development services, reported a 6 per cent jump in revenues in 2016, as the company looks to continue to diversify its customer base in 2017.

Drug development services provider to focus on diversifying customer base in 2017

While companies are obliged to offer  employees access to a pension plan – whether they contribute to it or not – it seems  many workers are unaware of this

Standard Life survey finds nearly 60% of those without pensions don’t know how to get one

Bernard Sheridan, director of consumer protection at the Central Bank, has ruled out a ban on commission payments in the short-term.

Regulator says prohibiting payments could be a ‘bigger shock’ for Irish market than UK

Dublin, home to Trinity College, UCD, DCU, DIT and a host of other colleges, is the world’s 31st most popular student city, according to a new survey

Montreal is best university city while Ireland is 31st in 125-strong QS Best Student Cities list

 BrowserStack provides a mobile and web testing platform for customers like Airbnb. (Photograph: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg)

Indian mobile and web testing company to establish international HQ in Dublin

Owen Killian is to step down as chief executive of Aryzta after the group issued a series of profit warnings and shareholders failed to embrace the group’s investment in French frozen food group Picard. (Photograph:Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times)

Troubled times for Swiss-Irish food group as it also evaluates Picard investment

A contactless payment by credit card on a Verifone Systems Inc payment device in London. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

As the world turns to digital payments, one Irish man tried to use no cash in January is targeting the State’s  305,000 landlords who own approximately 400,000 private rental homes

New product offers cover up to the value of 11 months’ rent or €48,000

The Central Bank has warned  Lawson Consultancy Limited (USA) is not authorised to act as an investment firm, investment business firm or to provide investment advice in Ireland. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Lawson Consultancy Limited (USA) is not authorised to trade in Ireland, regulator says

According to a report from Age Action, more than 35,000 pensioners had their pensions cut because of changes introduced to the eligibility criteria for the contributory State pension in 2012. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

State pension changes cut money for thousands, claims Age Action

Nichol Gray of the Tara Building: ‘We want to contribute to that shared sense of community.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

The Tara Building will also have a gallery space, restaurant and yoga classes

Aberdour, Foxrock: residents of Knocksinna Court are objecting to the application by Thycar Investments to build 48 apartments on the site.

Infill schemes along a stretch of Dublin’s N11 face planning hurdles and local opposition

Motor, health and life insurers  are in favour of retaining the current commission system. Photograph: Getty Images

Pensions Council says customers better off if they pay up front for independent advice

Life insurance: Irish Life’s   paid out €171 million on 2,600 claims during 2016, up by 10 per cent on 2015. Photograph: Getty

Claim book analysis shows a third of parents have no life insurance at all

Keeping your finances in shape can help reduce stress for your family if you were to die unexpectedly. Photograph: Getty Images/Echo

A guide explaining what happens to your bank accounts, loans, mortgage and utilities

Rush Credit Union: placed into liquidation following the emergence of a €4.7 million hole in its reserves and alleged criminal activities.  Photograph: North County Leader

Central Bank warns credit unions to improve compliance processes as shortcomings found

Bank of Ireland: After February 13th, the banks says, “more complex account-related queries will still be facilitated through the call-centre”.

BoI staff will soon be prohibited from handling everyday business over the phone

Dublin-based Malin invested in US biotechnology company Artizan Biosciences via a funding  round

Artizan aims to be a leader in the microbiota-driven inflammatory diseases space

Glanbia has added two more brands to its range of products. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

New brands have a record of strong growth and are complementary to the business

“You definitely need a good level of French.” Helen Grant and her husband, Adrian,  moved to France

When it came time to leave the Middle East after a work stint, the family opted for France

Barnageeragh Cove, Skerries,north Dublin, where first-time buyers can avail of the Help-to-Buy tax rebate scheme. Three-beds start at €335,000.

Not all new-builds are eligible, as 70 developers are not yet approved by Revenue

Some 40 per cent of Greencore shareholders rejected a new pay deal for chief executive Patrick Coveney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Food group says it is on track but warns of inflation in costs of raw materials and labour

 Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: he told German business newspaper “Handelsblatt”  that the airline has ditched its plans for transatlantic flights due to a shortage of aircraft. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Airline chief tells German newspaper money will be made on snacks and internet services

David Collins: “My Dad had to go back to work the next day. Things have changed so much for the better.”

Figures show that less than one in four new fathers are availing of the €235 a week benefit

The  IFSC in Dublin. Japanese banks and brokerages are among global financial firms  considering moving some functions  from London  to retain access to the EU

Luxembourg funds company FundRock confirms Dublin office as Japanese securities group Daiwa weighs up Dublin and Frankfurt

 Harvard Business School: MBA students enjoy a 97 per cent salary increase after graduation.  Photograph: Stephen Rose/Liaison

Graduates of the Smurfit School of Business at UCD earn about 70 per cent more at work

Degiro has built up a platform of some 6,000 customers in Ireland since it launched here in 2015. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Online broker Degiro to offer access to 800 funds with no entry or exit charges

Property investors enticed by the tight rental market may be interested in a new buy-to-let mortgage product. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

ICS Mortgages/Dilosk’s product is available to both individuals and firms

Aryzta chief executive Owen Killian said  the group’s performance was “both unexpected and extremely disappointing”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Share slide heaps further pressure on long-time chief executive Owen Killian

Our putative landlord buys a two-bed apartment for €250,000 in Grace Park Manor, Drumcondra

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