“This report is very clear on the competition concerns in the beef sector, the income pressures that exist for livestock producers and the impact that any weakening of competition would have on their livelihoods,” said IFA president Joe Healy. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg

Study by PMCA suggests Goodman deal will damage competition in beef sector

Dundalk-based Digiweb will launch  fibre broadband packages for residential and business customers on Siro’s network

Dundalk company’s broadband services will go live locally and then expand elsewhere

The seasonally adjusted number of males unemployed in August was 113,600, a decrease of 600 on July

Figures show youth unemployment stands at 17.1%, down from 17.7% a year ago

Eir:  company plans to take regulator ComReg to court to have part of USO designation relating to access at a fixed location overturned. Photograph: Maxwells

Company believes it should not be stuck with cost of uneconomic rural phone lines

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Wall Street snapped a three-day losing streak on Monday as financial stocks rose after Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said the case for an interest rate hike had strengthened. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Probability of September rate hike at 42% with odds for a December move at 65%

Aidan Gough of InterTradeIreland: “Clearly businesses will need support to manage the ramifications of Brexit”

Research finds post-referendum uncertainty prompts many business to halt investment

Vayu said the drop in gas prices was due strong supplies, decreased demand and falling oil prices. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Vayu report shows 24 per cent of electricity demand supplied through wind in August

Bank of Ireland’s Economic Pulse monitor rose 2.5 points to 93.7 in August.

Consumer sentiment picks up as businesses remain wary, says Bank of Ireland report

Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan: “If Apple owes taxes to the State they should pay them and that’s it.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Zenith exit linked to row over access to insurance industry database

The Wood Green branch of department store chain BHS, after its final closure, in London. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Administrators shut final 22 shops across UK in chain that had more than 150 outlets

Bord na Móna chief executive Mike Quinn and Electricity Exchange co-founder Paddy Finn. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Semi-State eyes potential in Limerick-based Electricity Exchange

The ABP group  last week ceased the automatic collection of the levy. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Levy payment is at centre of escalating row between Goodman firm and farmers’ group

INM chief executive  Robert Pitt says outlook   continues to be challenging

Media group first-half results show fall in print advertising revenue offset by jump in digital

Shares in Paddy Power Betfair were down another 2 per cent, to €111.4.

Clinton’s EpiPen cost comments weigh on investor sentiment in pharma sector

Brian Hayes: the MEP said he recently raised the issue with EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager

Fine Gael MEP joins Washington criticisms of Brussels and its tax investigations

IFA president Joe Healy: “It is very clear that farmers are angry over the level of Goodman control of the beef sector.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Farmers’ group says there is no move to follow Goodman’s ABP in changing system

The development at Castleknock Hotel and Country Club will increase room capacity and create 20 permanent jobs on completion.

Development will increase room capacity at four-star facility by 46 to 190

According to accounts filed by US-owned Benex Ltd, turnover increased by 12 per cent to €1.35 billion last year.

Dún Laoghaire-based subsidiary paid nearly €10 million in corporation tax here last year

Loans for house purchases in Britain slipped 5% to an 18-month low of 37,662 in July. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Loans for house purchases slips 5% to 18-month low, but building profits up

Online gaming technology firm Game Account Network has raised £1.3 million (€1.5 million) through the placement of 3.25 million ordinary shares with International Investment and Underwriting.

Dermot Smurfit jnr-led firm says proceeds will be used for product development

Kenmare Resources managing director Michael Carvill said further reductions in operating costs were expected in the second half of the year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Mining firm says total shipments for half year hit record levels

Employment in construction, which was hardest hit in the recession, rose by 8.7 per cent, or 10,900

CSO shows more people arriving than leaving for first time since 2009 with 2.2m in work

CSO figures show  an annual increase in employment of 2.9 per cent, or 56,200, in the second quarter of 2016, bringing the total to 2.01 million

Unemployment fell by 23,400 in year to end of June, lowering total to 187,800

The levy is at the centre of an escalating row between Larry Goodman’s (above) ABP and the IFA. Photograph: Ronan Quinlan/Collins

Beef processor signals no change amid Goodman row with IFA over ‘opt-in’ collection

ComReg said the cost of the USO on Eir amounted to about €5.1 million in 2009. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

ComReg rejects first part of multi-year claim, saying €5m cost ‘not an unfair burden’

Retailer’s Irish arm had entered into examinership in May following financial losses

At the heart of the minimum-wage debate is whether employees deserve a share of a recovering economy, or whether in the wake the Brexit vote the key job now is to protect employment. Photograph: iStock

Business groups seize on UK vote and Low Pay Commission dissent to oppose hikes

Larry Goodman: his ABP group’s move on levies is viewed by the IFA as an attempt to undermine it. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Farmers’ group at loggerheads with beef baron over collection of levies

ABP owner Larry Goodman. The company collects €400,000 a year in European Involvement Fund (EIF) levies from farmers, the lion’s share of which goes to the IFA.   Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Farmers’ organisation funding threatened after ABP group suspends collection of levy

Glanbia reiterated its full-year forecast of between 8 to 10 per cent earnings-per-share growth.

Food group reiterates full-year earnings guidance after solid interim figures

The value of goods exports for the six months to the end of June was €55.4 billion, an increase of €654 million when compared with the equivalent period last year. Photograph: Martin Divisek/Bloomberg

Value of imports falls 8 per cent in June as CSO figures point to good year for trade

Milk production line at Cavan-based Lakeland Dairies: the company has  increased its monthly milk price for the first time in nearly 18 months

IFA calls on other processors to follow suit

Raymond McCord:  his son Raymond was murdered by a UVF gang in north Belfast in 1997. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

Raymond McCord claims UK withdrawal from EU could damage peace process

Taking off: Iseq heavyweight Ryanair rose 1.7 per cent to €12.03 after an up and down week. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Bank of Ireland, Ryanair, Smurfit Kappa and C&C among traders in Dublin market

Tony O’Reilly jnr: the Providence boss has a shares option that can only be activated if the share price reaches 45 cent, four times the current market rate. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Oil firm incentivises management to secure farm-out deals on Irish prospects

Brazilian food giant JBS acquired the Northern Ireland poultry firm Moy Park (above) last year for €1.3 billion

Davy analyst also plays down prospect of Ireland having to pay more into EU budget

Providence chairman James McCarthy   and chief executive Tony O’Reilly at the oil exploration group’s egm in July. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New and existing investors believe board members are too close to the O’Reilly family

C&F employs roughly 1,400 staff worldwide and supplies contract manufacturing services to firms across several industries from bases in Ireland, eastern Europe, the US and Asia. Photograph: Mark Elias/Bloomberg

C&F says workers at Filipino subsidiary let go due to business efficiencies

A breakdown of the figures in PwC’s latest IPO Watch report showed activity in the second quarter, while poor in comparison to last year, almost tripled the value of funds raised in the first quarter. Photograph:  Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Report shows sharp reduction in firms going public to raise funds in run-up to UK vote

Measure was included as part of package for beleaguered dairy sector

Amalgamated entity will have 28,000 members

The Bank of England: its announcement that interest rates would remain unchanged caused the FTSE 100  to fall back from a fresh 11-month high during the session to finish 15.9 points down at 6,654.47. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Market slip blamed on Bank of England’s surprise move not to cut rates

   Taoiseach Enda Kenny  navigates the realpolitik of climate change

New report sets out climate roadmap but is the political will there to drive it home ?

Ireland’s farmers face significant changes to how they farm and use land with a reduced beef herd and more emphasis on forestry. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Study suggests meeting 2030 emissions targets will be a major challenge for Ireland

The Central Bank said  indicators, such as domestic demand and employment growth, gave a more accurate indication of the economy’s performance.

Agency to convene special group to look into how best to present economic data

The Irish economy is under scrutiny as, to put the latest CSO figures in perspective, it means Ireland is growing at four times the rate of China. Photograph:  Nick BradshawI

From 2015 record surge to 2016 slump: what the hell is going on at Ireland inc?

The umbrella group for off-licences is calling on Government to reduce excise duty and ban below cost selling of alcohol. File photograph: Jessica Gow/AFP/Getty Images

National Off-Licence Association also calls for cut to excise duty

Former  IFA head Pat Smith: The IFA said it was seeking candidates for the post of director general or chief executive officer. The change of title for the group’s top-ranked executive appears to be an attempt to draw a line under Mr Smith’s troubled tenure.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Farmers’ group seeks candidates for post of director general or chief executive officer

 Euronext Stock Exchange,  Paris: European markets made gains on Thursday, ending a three-day slide with London’s FTSE up 1.09 per cent. The CAC in Paris rose 0.8 per cent and Germany’s Dax was 0.49 per cent higher. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty

European markets gain, ending a three-day slide with London’s FTSE up 1.09 per cent

 From left; Larry Murrin, Chief Executive, Dawn Farm Foods (left) says that as a result of the slide in sterling, firms are facing the twin challenges of cost recovery on the one hand and a loss of competiveness on the other. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

IFA president claims quoted prices failed to reflect current level of demand in market

Live Register shows fall in long-term claimants, albeit overall number is still high

 British Irish Chamber of Commerce director general John McGrane said Ireland could act as a gateway for trade between the UK and the rest of the EU. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Funds close door on wave of investors seeking money back following UK referendum

US decision will allow Irish exporters ship mince used in burgers and other products to the world’s largest beef market

Trading agreement between Dublin and Washington extended to include mince

Irish consumers are having significant difficulties in assessing what a constantly changing global and local economic picture might mean for them.

Latest survey conducted before result of the UK’s referendum on EU membership

Bord Bia chief executive Aidan Cotter

Over 180 from sector attend Bord Bia event on implications of vote

Returning emigrants to expand workforce and slow downward trend in unemployment

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan says George Osborne’s announcement was not as “dramatic at it might appear”.Photograph: Eric Luke

Exchequer returns show tax receipts now running €742m ahead of projections

 Minister Michael Noonan   suggested chancellor George Osborne’s plan to lower the UK’s corporation tax to 15 per cent was less “dramatic” than it sounded. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

While we generated more in tax than expected, the Government’s cushion has begun to taper rather than expand

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. The latest returns resulted in an exchequer deficit for the period of €1.14 billion compared to a deficit of €292 million for the same period last year, albeit last year’s figures were flattered by a €2.1 billion payment generated from the sale of Permanent TSB shares, and a transfer from the national pension reserve fund.

Exchequer data show public finances continuing to benefit from surge in corporation tax

How the UK’s vote affected Irish shares, sterling, bond prices and safe-haven gold

Irish farmers’ group says Brexit has created too much uncertainty

Investec’s latest survey did not capture aftermath of UK’s shock referendum result

Low-budget airline  Ryanair closed up nearly 3 per cent at €11.32. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Wireless Group soars after Newscorp acquisition while Dalata and ICG both fall

EU agricultural commissioner Phil  Hogan said there needs to be more focus on the supply side.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Commissioner hints, however, that some form of supply control may be necessary

Irish food and drink exports to the UK accounted for 41 per cent of total exports in 2015

Bord Bia survey conducted after UK vote reveals concerns of Irish exporters

The dairy industry here, which accounts for €3.2 billion in exports, has already been rocked by crashing milk prices since the lifting of production quotas last year

Volatility in currency makes €5bn in food exports to UK significantly more expensive

Ireland remains steadfastly against production cuts as pressure mounts

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.

‘Finger-pointing at Ireland’ unjustified, says Michael Creed ahead of EU meeting

Global stock markets lost about $2 trillion (€1.8 trillion) in value on Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union, while sterling suffered a record one-day plunge to a 31-year low and money poured into safe-haven gold and government bonds.

European shares reeling as Wall Street opens with heavy losses

John McGrane, director general of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce at the International and European Affairs (IIEA). Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Head of British Irish Chamber of Commerce questions claims about rediverted FDI

  Blair Horan, former CPSU general secretary, CPSU. Photograph Nick Bradshaw.

Conference told of likely consequences for Ireland of British decision to exit the EU

Farming lobby groups call on Government to set out clear strategy to cope with fallout

Non-Eir operators claim ComReg’s failure to adjudicate leaves an uncertainty hanging over the industry and their operating costs. Photograph:  Maxwells

Regulator still to determine if Eir should shoulder all the cost of rural phone services

  Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe at the publication of the Summer Economic Statement . Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Investec suggests Government’s aim to scrap USC puts it on collision course with FF

Ryanair’s chief executive  Michael O’Leary   warns a victory for   Leave  could signal ‘an end to the European project.’

Ryanair boss warns victory for the Leave camp would signal end to European project

Smurfit Library at UCD Smurfit school of business:school’s finance degree ranked 29th in Europe

Smurfit school only Irish business school listed in Financial Times global rankings

Like many Formula 1 innovations, the technology has trickled downstream. Photograph: David Loh/Reuters

Slovak firm c2i aims to provide cheap lightweight structures for motor industry

 Law Society of Ireland figures show  186 solicitors from the UK were admitted to practise here in the first six months of 2016. At this stage last year the number was fewer than 50. Photograph: Eric Luke

Figures from Law Society reveal scale of legal anxiety over Thursday’s EU referendum

Social Justice Ireland Sean Healy: “Investment is needed to produce a well-functioning economy, to develop inclusive labour markets, to ensure adequate income support and to ensure access to high quality services for all.”

Social Justice Ireland warns current public investment in social housing insufficient

Recent figures from ComReg show that  only about 10,000 homes and premises in the Republic are directly connected to fibre broadband, the gold standard of the industry. Photograph:  Andy Brown/Hemera/Getty

Up to 80,000 homes unable to connect to broadband networks without costly interventions

Remain supporters at a pro-EU event in Parliament Square, central London. Photograph: EPA

Anxiety mounts concerning outcome which wiped $1 trillion from stock values

AIB chairman Richard Pym: “As a bank we consider economic risk and the risks arising from a Brexit are extremely high.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Chairman Richard Pym tells staff decision will have profound economic effect on islands

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoeearlier this week highlighted the potential adverse impact of a Brexit on Government projections for the public finances and growth.

Think tank says Ireland’s trade position has already beed damaged by uncertainty

The Bank of England’s monetary policymakers discussed contingency plans to protect the banking system in the event of a Leave  vote. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Release of latest report on UK economy enrages Leave campaigners

Under Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger’s stewardship the company is thriving, with annual sales of its flagship Brut NV close to a record six million bottles. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Taittinger CEO Pierre-Emmanuel on giving up his mistress in retirement and not listening to your kids

Keeping abreast of the changing technological environment in financial services is “quite challenging”, Central Bank Governor Philip Lane said on Thursday. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Governor addresses financial services industry on challenge of new technologies

The survey of 15 major European processors, compiled by the Dutch Dairy Board, found Glanbia and Dairygold, which together process about half the State’s milk output, paid the lowest prices in April.

Glanbia and Dairygold paying farmers below European norms, survey finds

Latest CSO numbers still point to strong year for export trade

 Tim Callan from the ESRI. The think tank has said that raising the minimum wage is an inefficient way to reduce poverty. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

New study shows majority of those in need do not benefit from rises in hourly pay rate

Brexit could have a “material” impact on profitability of Irish financial firms, with the UK accounting for about 20 per cent of total revenues of Irish banks, according to the Central Bank. (Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times)

Risks to Irish economy seen as downside as bank forecasts growth of 5.1% for 2016

Commercial Mushroom Producers (CMP) claims the department has limited the amount of aid available to it via expenditure caps

State’s largest producer body initiates legal action, claiming it has lost €12m in funding

Manny Stul, the man behind Australia’s Moose Toys, was born in a refugee camp after the war.

Manny Stul, the son of Polish war refugees, scoops top business accolade

Lavazza says it has measures in place to manage exchange rate fluctuations in all its markets. Earlier this week, the British currency fell to a three-week low against the euro after  polls put the Leave camp in the lead

Italian company sells its produce into the Republic through a distributor in the UK

Not only did vinyl survive the CD revolution, it is now thriving in a music buying industry dominated by iTunes and streaming sites such as Spotify

Boss of GZ Media rides high on revival of old format

The Fiscal Council also noted that the Government’s capital spending plans, which involved an additional €4bn a year to 2021, were extremely modest by historical and international levels. Photograph: Getty Images

Watchdog’s ‘standstill’ estimate reflects pressures posed by inflation, pay and ageing

Crossed wires: the ESB has been in direct competition with Eir in the Irish telecoms markets since last year through Siro

Controversial claim comes ahead of awarding of National Broadband Plan contracts

Speculation surrounded mystery windfall as 90-day deadline approached

Investec’s latest Purchasing Managers’ Index resumes upward momentum

Eir defends price changes, saying they were linked to the company’s increased investment in high-speed fibre broadband. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Telcos say they intend to pass on Eir’s increase in wholesale rates to consumers

Henry Corbally, chairman,  and Siobhán Talbot, managing director of Glanbia: the Glanbia Advance Payment (Gap) scheme was described by the company as a “dynamic volatility measure”. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Scheme worth €55m aimed at cushioning farmers from slump in commodity prices

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