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

The relative lack of contagion to other stricken countries over turmoil in Greece demonstrates that once-potent vectors of crisis have been blunted. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Focus on fiscal probity, political stability and banking recovery against backdrop of Greek drama

Leo Varadkar said there was no conflict of interest as the legislation was being prepared by the Departments of Health and Children and not the HSE. Photograph: The Irish Times

James Reilly seeks appraisal as firm comes under pressure to sever ties with big Tobacco

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: the matter of the party’s progress was being raised in the wake of Syriza’s election victory last month in Greece. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Concern at likely impact restructuring of loans but overall perception of Ireland positive

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