Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen: her remarks that global weakness would not be significant enough to stop a rates rise this year removed some of the  markets   uncertainty. Photograph: Brendan Smialowsk/AFP/Getty Images

Markets surged higher on Friday after US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said she expected the Fed to start raising rates by the end of the year.(...)

European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan said the digital gap between urban and rural areas must be closed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The remote village of Ratheniska in Co Laois - home to the National Ploughing Championships - is about to get the fastest broadband in the State. Sir(...)

Parkside in Malahide: The 50-acre site has zoning for 433 homes and Cairn expects to complete the first 200 homes before the end of 2016

Three months after debuting on the London Stock Exchange, building group Cairn Homes will today launch the sale of its first Dublin housing developme(...)

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times  Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The company behind the Web Summit has announced plans to move the annual tech expo from Dublin to Lisbon from next year. The move comes as a blow to p(...)

 Origin Enterprises chief executive Tom O’Mahony, chief executive: said the company remains “highly cash generative” with a war chest for future acquisitions of €150 million. Photograph: Eric Luke

Origin Enterprises has an acquisition warchest of €150 million should the right opportunity present, chief executive Tom O’Mahony has told The Irish (...)

Specialist student lender Future Finance is to create 50 jobs over the next two years as part of a major expansion across Europe, including Ireland. (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: the Irish Tax Institute expects him to implement tax cuts worth €600 million to €700 million in the budget. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland risks deterring high- calibre foreign executives from moving here because of its relatively high tax rates, the Irish Tax Institute has warne(...)

China’s food safety minister Bi Jing Quan with CEO of Bord Bia Aidan Cotter and Wicklow farmer Joe Hayden

Ireland is now the second-largest exporter of infant formula to China, jumping ahead of New Zealand for first time this year. According to figures fro(...)

 Maros Sefcovic, vice president of the European Commission in charge of energy union, with  Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White, at the Powershift ESB energy  in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

One third of Irish households will be generating their own electricity within 10 years, the ESB’s chief executive has predicted. Pat O’Doherty said (...)

Mulling it over: the Fed has been telegraphing its intention to begin a modest cycle of rate hikes for months. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo

The backdrop With stock markets wobbling, inflation on the floor and question marks hanging large over China, you might well ask why the Fed w(...)