Jim Power, chief economist, Friends First

A number of economists have warned that October’s budget may be too early for the Government to take action to lower the amount of tax paid by people(...)

Kevin Melia: was twice chairman of Iona Technologies

Wicklow-born businessman and technology executive Kevin Melia died on Tuesday in the United States after a short illness, aged 67. Mr Melia was best (...)

Merrion Capital’s management is poised to buy out the stockbroking firm in a deal worth up to €15 million. The fi(...)

Irish exports are expected to improve this year. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish exports rose by 4 per cent to €7.031 billion in the twelve months to January, driven by higher pharma-chem and agri-food exports. However the(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said last month he hoped Moody’s would raise the country from junk in early 2014 after Ireland exited the bailout programme in December. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government may be left disappointed by Moody’s Investors Service, as analysts forecast the ratings company will leave the country’s credit ranking(...)

Falling pharmaceutical exports due to the patent cliff are acting as a drag on total exports. (Photograph:  DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

FIONA REDDANThe Central Statistics Office (CSO) this morning released weaker than expected trade data, with the trade surplus for the first ten month(...)

Before the Government unveiled which of its businesses it intended selling, Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte dismissed talk of a fire sale, saying “there will be no State assets going up on eBay”.

At about 9am on Wednesday, Bord Gáis Éireann’s adviser, Royal Bank of Canada, called the three remaining bidders for the group’s retail division and t(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

It’s easy for active investors to drown in a sea of misinformation. There’s no shortage of confident commentary telling investors and traders what to (...)

Five Irish banks are subject to the ECB’s comprehensive assessment: Bank of Ireland, AIB, Ulster Bank Ireland, Permanent TSB and Merrill Lynch International Bank.

The four domestic Irish banks subject to the European Central Bank’s new stress tests will have to meet lower capital thresholds than required in prev(...)

Fazlur Rahman Zainuddin, chief financial officer at Tenaga Nasional, said yesterday the company would not be bidding for a unit of  Bord Gais, as it focuses on building power plants at home. Photograph: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia’s biggest energy producer, has scrapped a bid for a unit of Bord Gais, narrowing the field to two suitors. Bord Gais’s reta(...)