For the first time, tonight’s Lotto players will choose from a panel of 47 numbers instead of 45. Photograph: Getty Images

It could be you, but it probably won’t be. The chances of winning tonight’s Lotto, ditching the job and splurging on a Caribbean holiday are more re(...)

European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan expected to announce the advance on Monday.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The European Commission is planning to fast-track €840 million in payments to Irish farmers as part of the series of measures to deal with collapsing(...)

The operator has been under fire for a series of outages and technical mishaps, the worst of which resulted in the cancellation of a draw for the first time, in February.

The National Lottery said its website went down on Wednesday night for several hours as part of a scheduled break in service to accommodate the switch(...)

Separate CSO figures, released earlier this week, puts the State’s unemployment rate 9.5 per cent, the lowest level in six years. Photograph:  Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The number of people signing on the Live Register fell again last month as conditions in the labour market continue to improve. Figures from the Cen(...)

The Department of Finance said the performance was consistent with the recovering labour market, solid employment growth and increases in average weekly earnings. Photograph: Bloomberg

The Government has received a major boost ahead of the forthcoming budget with the latest exchequer returns showing tax revenue running €1.4 billio(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  is likely to face more calls for tax cuts on foot of the latest exchequer numbers .Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Tax revenues are now running €1.4 billion ahead of target thanks to a surge in corporation tax payments. Exchequer returns for the first eight months(...)

All three major US indexes were up almost 2 per cent on Thursday. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Stock markets around the world rallied on Thursday and crude oil rebounded after strong US economic data and hints from a Federal Reserve policymake(...)

Irish processors exported only 31 tonnes of beef, worth €194,000, to the US during the first six months of 2015. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Another Irish beef processor has been granted a US export licence. The Slaney Foods processing facility in Co Wexford has become the third Irish plant(...)

Glanbia’s managing director Siobhán Talbot: ‘We only use legitimate structures to support our international expansion.’ Photograph: Dylan Vaughan.

Glanbia’s managing director has defended the company’s tax arrangements, insisting it pays an effective rate of 17 per cent. Siobhán Talbot was(...)

 Lidl and Aldi face growing pressure to pay milk suppliers in the Republic more after they last week agreed to pay UK farmers  a minimum of 28p a litre, up from an average of 23p. Photograph: Ulrich Baumgarten/Getty Images

Discount retailers Lidl and Aldi have failed to specify whether they will pay increased prices to milk suppliers in the Republic following similar (...)