Junior minister Seán Sherlock, Minister for  Enterprise and Jobs Richard Bruton, Julie Sinnamon, chief executive of Enterprise Ireland, and Terence O’Rourke,  Enterprise Ireland’s chairman, and junior minister John Perry at the launch of the Enterprise Ireland annual report yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Enterprise Ireland approved supports of €27.2 million for firms with which members of its board were connected last year, the agency’s annual report s(...)

Dublin was by far the busiest port in the Republic last year, handling 6,651 ship arrivals and gross tonnage of 142.4 million. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

The volume of goods handled by Irish ports declined by almost 2 per cent last year as a slight increase in imports struggled to offset a drop of al(...)

Aer Lingus shares closed 1.5 cent stronger at €1.39, while Ryanair shares added 11 cent to finish at €6.99. Photograph: Alan Betson

The mood was fairly lacklustre across stock markets today, dampened by talk from a senior Federal Reserve figure that US interest rates could incre(...)

  The period where IPO investors are prepared to buy into “blind pool” real estate investment trusts (reits), or trusts that have yet to r(...)

On a monthly basis, private rents were 0.4 per cent higher in May, while average general inflation was flat. Local authority rents were up 4.1 per cent annually in May and unchanged month on month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The cost of renting a home rose more than 20 times faster than the average level of inflation over the last year, according to new figures from the(...)

 On an overall basis, the total number of mortgages accounts in arrears fell by 3,099 to 107,967 in April. Photograph: Frank Miller /

Some 3,633 mortgages were restructured by the six main banks during April, bringing the total number of permanently restructured loans to 65,698, or 9(...)

Irish League of Credit Unions headquarters on Mount Street in Dublin . Photograph: Frank Miller/Irish Times

Credit unions could provide billions more in loans to small- and medium-sized businesses if they were allowed to centralise funds within a new structu(...)

Connie Danaher, Killimer, Co Clare and Mary Lumbroso, Nenagh, Co.Tipperary at the opening day of Bloom Graden Festival, in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.

Up to 115,000 people are expected to visit this year’s Bloom Festival in the Phoenix Park, which formally opened its doors to the public yesterday an(...)

Hibernia Reit and US investor Starwood Capital could join forces in the redevelopment of Windmill Lane Studios. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hibernia Reit and US investor Starwood Capital could join forces in the redevelopment of the Windmill Lane Studios site after the listed property veh(...)

ECB president Mario Draghi pledged to ease monetary policy in June if necessary. Photograph:  EPA/Sergio Garcia

News that the US economy shrank in the first quarter was high in the minds of investors yesterday, but most chose to focus on a sense conditions had (...)