James Reilly: the Minister for Children expressed disquiet that solicitors Arthur Cox are simultaneously working as corporate legal adviser to Tusla Corporate (in a contract worth €800,000) while acting for Japan Tobacco. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Arthur Cox threatened action against State over plain cigarette packaging

Michael O’Leary: The group’s reputation for the shadowy exercise of power is at odds with his brash public image. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ryanair chief asked to join select conference reputed to truly govern international affairs

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, who will speak on political stability at the Institute of Directors today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The mantra of ‘political stability’ will be at the centre of the coming election campaign

 Chief executive of the IDA Martin Shanahan said the current pipeline of job projects looks “looks reasonably strong for the foreseeable future”.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Agency will seek to win up to 900 extra investment projects in next five years

Martin Shanahan, Chief Executive IDA, said that companies themselves ultimately decide where they want to locate. Photograph: Alan Betson

Latest data shows unemployment rate is within a whisker of Government’s 10% target

Central Bank economist Yvonne McCarthy: ‘People in fragile employment have a 5 per cent higher probability of being in distress with their mortgage relative to people in secure employment.’

About 20% of people in arrears previously unemployed, says economist

Inquiry chairman Ciarán Lynch welcomed the ECB’s offer of assistance but said it still wants to hear directly from Jean-Claude Trichet. Photograph: The Irish Times

Move follows intervention by Taoiseach over bank’s refusal to participate in investigation

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned smokers of the number of serious diseases linked to smoking and insisted the Government will introduce plain cigarette packaging. File photograph:Jonathan Brady/PA

Health Minister warns of numerous diseases linked to smoking

The Irish Cancer Society said it had received €20,000 in both 2013 and 2014 from Arthur Cox, one of Ireland’s most powerful business law firms and a legal adviser to the Health Service Executive.

Charity says donations from legal firm acting for Japan Tobacco will be declined

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