‘The prudent management of the economy over the past four years has itself created some room for manoeuvre and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has already indicated that another round of modest reductions in income tax and universal social charge (USC) is on the agenda for 2016.’ Above,  Michael Noonan with   EU Commissioner in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Union, Pierre Moscovici.  Photograph:  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

There is something ominous about the campaign being waged by senior Government Ministers to persuade the European Commission to relax its fiscal rules(...)

Castlebar, Co Mayo. At a US function this week Opensparkz announced it planned to create up to 250 jobs in the town over three years

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A collection of 60 antique cars, dating from the 1930s to the 1970s, are parked on in makeshift shelters at the Gaillard property in the western French town of Echire. Photograph: Xavier Leoty/AFP/Getty Images

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Former Portuguese cabin crew member for Ryanair Monica Barbosa told the tribunal she became unwell in 2010 and on medical advice could no longer work as cabin crew. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

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Ireland, Co Waterford: €250,000, Property Partners Barry Herterich

Property Partners Barry Herterich is seeking €250,000 for this three-bedroom house at Ballyphillip, Dunhill, Waterford. We seek similarly-priced prop(...)

Proving that necessity is indeed the mother of invention, David Niven’s book opens with the story of how the then-emerging film director Steven Spielb(...)

John Ward, executive president and co-founder of REDT Energy: “You need to be able to charge up the battery as quickly as you discharge it.” Photograph: Conor McCabe

Ambisense DCU spin-out company Ambisense has developed a low-cost device which can provide continuous monitoring of landfill gas (LFG) both to assist (...)

Dingle marine biologist Kevin Flannery examines the Bearcat fish which resides in the Artic region. Mr Flannery has been awarded with an honorary MSc from UCC for his work on Irish marine life. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

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China saw a rise of 70 percentage points in the ratio of corporate and household debt to GDP between 2007 and last year. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty

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Ireland, Cork:  €120,000, McCarthy and McGrath Auctioneers
Take Five for €120,000

McCarthy and McGrath Auctioneers is seeking €120,000 for this three-bedroom house in Midleton, Co Cork. We find similarly-priced properties around th(...)