Nick Ashmore, CEO of Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Backed by Euro bucks, the SBCI is Ireland’s big bid to get banks lending to businesses. It’s boss says they’ll be watching closely(...)

Ryanair: the low-cost carrier saw its shares fall 7 cent to €9.96, which was roughly in line with other airline stocks. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Dublin’s Iseq index underperforms European bourses but remains positive

CSO figures show average weekly earnings, rose in most sectors of the economy last year

The report by Community Foundation for Ireland found public transport services were  a top priority, followed by the quality of education, walking, early childhood development, mobility and transport for older people, literacy levels and the affordability of everyday life. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Vital Signs’ report suggests people are most unhappy with housing

The research suggests those in the middle suffered the greatest contraction in wealth as a result of the downturn.

Research paper partly upholds squeezed middle theory

 Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh: “I would say that we are done with large-scale acquisitions for the time being. There is a lot of integration involved in those two transactions, that will be our priority.”     Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Group to spend about €60m this year on capital projects, less than half of last year

An architect’s drawing of the proposed €850 million Apple data centre Athenry, Co Galway.

Athenry facility, to be operational in 2017, will help run its online services like iTunes and maps

Kingspan’s chief executive Gene Murtagh said conditions in our core markets are improving. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Building materials group says Irish market is gradually rebuilding itself after crash

Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan , said he was surprised at the lack of  consultation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / Irish Times

Letter followed announcement of initiative to aid first-time buyers with their deposits

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