National Lottery machine: in 2014 the business raised €195 million for  charity and sports, down from €205.9 million in 2013. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Money generated for good causes by the National Lottery fell again last year, largely because of costs related to the privatisation of the franchise. (...)

Aryzta chief executive Owen Killian is battling a fall in investor confidence. Photograph:Cyril Byrne

Swiss-Irish food group Aryzta has awarded its European boss Hilliard Lombard more than €5.5 million in stock options and elevated him to the company’(...)

Irish consumers still feel “somewhat remote” from reports of a strong domestic recovery, according to the latest KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI consumer sentim(...)

The number of claimants on the Live Register continues to fall as recovery drives more people back to work. Figures from the Central Statistics Offic(...)

A worker assembles stand mixers on the production line at the Whirlpool . Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Ireland’s manufacturing sector is continuing to expand with exporters benefiting from a weak euro. Investec’s latest manufacturing purchasing manager(...)

The C&AG report reveals that while €217 million was disbursed to various sporting and charitable programmes last year under the umbrella of lotto funding, only €178 million came directly from the fund

Almost 20 per cent of money given out to good causes under the auspices of the National Lottery came directly from the Government rather than ticket s(...)

Unemployment has hit a new six-year low of 9.4 per cent as conditions in the labour market continue to improve. The latest official figures indicate t(...)

The ESRI study assessed inflation rates for low- and high-income households across two periods, 2003-2008 and 2009-2014

Well-off households in Ireland bore the brunt of inflation during the boom, largely because of the rapid rise in housing costs, a study by the Economi(...)

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(...)